Beachside Chats: Swimwear Designer Rod Beattie

With over 20 years’ experience, Rod Beattie is one of the top swimsuit designers in America, and has helmed well-known brands such as La Blanca and Anne Cole Collection. In 2010, Beattie launched his own line: Bleu Rod Beattie. His silhouettes are chic and sophisticated while remaining wearable for a wide variety of body types. We couldn’t resist the chance to learn more about his inspiration and perspective.

Where do you live and where is your brand BLEU ROD BEATTIE based?
I am a true southern California boy! I was born and raised in Los Angeles, but presently live in Pasadena, near the Rose Bowl Stadium in a mid-century modern home built in 1953 on the Arroyo Seco. The Bleu Rod Beattie design studio is in South Pasadena. I spend most of my time in Pasadena and at my parent’s beach home in South Laguna Beach/Dana Point.


Inspiration is always about keeping one’s eyes wide open and taking in everything! Lifestyle, architecture and travel are always the greatest source of inspiration for me when creating. The world is very global today, so I reflect on some of my past exciting travels and adventures around the world. Greece, Morocco, Mexico… I have somewhat of a love affair with these places spiritually and creatively!


Starting the day:
First thing is a double espresso. Then I go to the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center for some morning lap swimming before pulling myself together to meet another day of working with my great design team in the studio creating swimwear!

Staying motivated:
Waking up every morning to a new, exciting day is a great motivator… But I have always been very self-motivated in my life! Also, surrounding oneself with a young design team and and youth in general (nieces and nephews) keep me up on what is HOT and also what is NOT!! I am in the constant battle creatively to always move forward and present a new modern approach. MOVE FORWARD but continue to REFLECT ON HISTORY. RE-INVENT and RE-IMAGINE!!!


Favourite things to do:
When I have free time, I love to spend it in my garden, which at the moment is mostly drought tolerant, cactus, and succulents. I also try to spend as much time around water as possible, whether it is my pool at home, the aquatic centre, or the beach. Experiencing great foods is wonderful too! LA is a mecca for great restaurants and a diverse selection of international foods! One can never get enough! Some of my favourite LA restaurants are BESTIA, CHURCH AND STATE, FACTORY KITCHEN, PIZZERIA MOZZA, and REPUBLIQUE.

Favourite travel destinations:
I absolutely have an on-going love affair with the Pacific coast of Mexico when I need some down time to regenerate myself creatively and spiritually. My current favorite place is Punta Mita on the Riviera Nayarit…. a coastal area north of Puerto Vallarta on the Pacific Coast. It is spectacular, peaceful, colorful, and vibrant!


Your ‘muse’:
The Bleu Rod Beattie muse is a very modern contemporary woman. She is confident, approachable, and loves life! At the moment my dream celebrity to design for is Margot Robbie… Hollywood’s hottest new ‘It Girl’!! SEXY, MODERN, APPROACHABLE and right now on FIRE!


Advice for rocking your swimwear:
I believe in the concept of a swim wardrobe – swimsuit, sunglasses, sandals, cover up, and beach bag. The total look! But the most important thing to remember is to be confident in one’s self and feel comfortable in one’s swimsuit. BE CONFIDENT!

Punta Mita Inspired Cover Up

Favourite beach in the world:
I have been to many, but one that is close to my heart and family is THREE ARCH BAY in South Laguna Beach, CA. So beautiful!


Shop Rod Beattie’s beautiful designs here

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