Last Year Doug Barry introduced his unique brand of Americana swimwear, Nashbeach, to the world at Miami Swim Week at the SLS Hotel produced by Planet Fashion. This year Barry returns to show the expansion of his collection and design aesthetic.
Doug Barry describes himself as a renaissance man. The title certainly fits. He’s the designer of the up and coming swimwear line Nash Beach. But, he’s not only involved in fashion design, he’s a songwriter, performer, audio engineer, fashion photographer, visual artist, and mechanical engineer. Even computer technology is among his other passions. He is a true artist with a rare technical side.
His great-great-grandfather had a tailor shop in Germany which he later moved to Chicago in the late 1800’s. The brick building in uptown Chicago still exists today. Doug possesses items and material from this shop. This appreciation of handmade, high-quality clothing was passed down through generations.
During grade school, Doug began going to the fabric store with his mother to pick out the material for the clothing that would be custom made for him to wear. Later this led into drawing sketches of what he wanted the clothes to look like. By high school, Doug was sketching clothing of various types and following the fashion trends from the runway photos in the back of his sister’s magazines. This began a series of experimental, geometric based designs of women’s swimwear.