Our Story

Founded by designer Dawn and her husband Kirk Peterson in 2010, the line reflects their uncompromising life by the ocean following Dawn's noteworthy career in fashion as she spanned New York, Paris, London and Milan. Now calling Southern California home, she brings an enriched global perspective to the swimwear industry. Each piece is constructed to withstand the force of the ocean while cutting flattering shapes and infusing unique details that are thoughtfully balanced throughout the collection. 

Now iconic for an elevated use of color and the subtle, custom-designed prints that have defined Made By Dawn over the years, it is Dawn's unconventional approach to swimwear design that has seen the line take on new life season after season. She takes an understanding of high fashion and pursues the most luxurious fabrics and understates, but thoughtful details to ensure Made By Dawn stands apart. Her monochrome ribbed fabrics and jacquard prints have come to be an influence throughout the swimwear industry, but it's Dawn's close work with specialty mills that has ensured their fabrications remain unique. 

Focused on kindness, honesty and natural beauty, Made By Dawn is thoughtfully created with the intention of increasing beauty and minimizing harm to nature and all beings. 

From these custom-designed and hand-selected luxury fabrics, each suit is perfectly designed for fit and wear before being sustainable produced in Los Angeles. This supports local industry, ensures quality of product and offers respite for local environment.