LOS ANGELES — Apparel Ventures Inc., hopes its new line — Playa by La Blanca — launching at the Miami Swim Show July 19, will tighten the gap between junior and misses’ swimwear.

The young contemporary separates line, previewed exclusively for WWDlast week, is the latest for the 27-year-old swimwear maker of La Blanca by Rod Beattie, Sessa and licensed swimwear for Ralph Lauren, Anne Klein, Tommy Bahama and Op. The new line will combine with Op to add about $18 million to AVI’s $90 million in yearly revenue, according to Lynne Koplin, AVI’s president and chief executive.

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