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DIVING IN: Fuzzi, the Italy-based knitwear company founded by Adele Bacchiani Fuzzi in 1954 — perhaps best known for producing knits for Jean Paul Gaultier in a collaboration that began in 1983 and lasted more than 30 years — is in expansion mode. Since the closing of Gaultier’s rtw business in September 2014, Fuzzi has made a name for itself with an expanded women’s collection that goes beyond its signature printed tulle knitwear. And for spring 2016, to build upon its lineup of dresses and separates, the company will launch its first swimwear line.

Marianne Hicks, who served as the senior vice president of Jean Paul Gaultier North America for over 20 years and joined Fuzzi in 2012, serves as the collection’s New York-based creative director. Hicks works closely with Anna Maria Fuzzi, the daughter of Adele Bacchiani Fuzzi, at the brand’s Cattolica, Italy-based factory, where the team continues to expand the scope of the collection. “Having developed Gaultier’s swim business from the beginning, I was very saddened when Gaultier shut his business,” said Hicks. “I always loved swimwear, had established relationships with the stores and knew that it was an area that I wanted to eventually explore with Fuzzi. The nature of tulle is that you can roll it up in a suitcase and go; perfect for a beach vacation. It was a natural expansion for the brand.”

The debut swim collection, done in signature lightweight tulle and featuring colorful floral and geometric prints, comes in a number of bikini and one-piece silhouettes. Suits will range from $295 to $395 with cover-ups priced up to $595, and the line will be stocked in Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and other retailers this February.

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