Breakfast with Reyhan Sofraci

by Renata

The first thing I do in the morning is…
Open my eyes and drink a glass of water and chew my vitamin C.

I cannot have breakfast without…
Eggs – I love eggs! Especially my mom’s fried sunny side.

My perfect breakfast consists of…
My husband’s French toast with berries.

The best person for me to have breakfast with  …….
My husband because we prepare it as a team and devour it all as a team….I always look forward to our big weekend breakfasts!

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Meet Reyhan Sofraci  the woman behind Aqua Di Lara

Can you give us a short introduction about yourself?
I am of Mediterranean origin and moved around a lot and lived in many countries growing up.  I have three brothers and am very close to my amazing family.  My final residence was Canada where I completed my University education in the sciences.  I always had a passion for the arts and sciences and pursued my business with support from family and friends.

When did you start with Aqua di Lara?
I launched Aqua Di Lara in 2005 by showcasing 2006.

How did you come up with the name for your brand?
Dilara is my favorite name for a girl and I always wanted to name my daughter this – so that is how we came up with it.

Describe your target group to us.
We have the Black and the White label.  Black label is more graphic and edgy and White label is feminine and beautiful.  We cater to a customer that is very eclectic in style and appreciates quality, fit and style and loves life and all it has to offer.

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Where do you get your inspiration from?
Anything and everything; from lingerie to evening wear, shoes and bags, to architecture and different cultures…

What kind of fabric do you use for your swimwear?
We are always on top of the industry tech fabrics and try to use new and innovative fibers in all our suits.  We use Italian fabrics that are quick to dry, UV resistant and have shape retention.

Tell us something about your latest collection which you showed at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Miami.
This year we presented a lot of placement prints that we designed internally.  There is a lot of beautiful matching cover-ups and a lot of styles that cater to our large clientele.  We have cuts that are more conservative yet are still offering styles that are sexy as well.  We have something for everyone.

What can we expect of Aqua di Lara in the (near) future?
We would like to further expand our resort wear and start offering more accessories and items that complement our looks. Besides ordering online, where can followers get your swimwear in retail stores outside Canada? We sell internationally. People can contact us through the site and we can provide them with info on the stores that are closest to them.

Visit Aqua di Lara online at
Photos by Aqua di Lara

Renata Parkinson
Renata Parkinson

Renata was an ambitious writer for by Styling Amsterdam and responsible for the 'Breakfast With' category. Renata was a guest editor. Do you want to write for BSA too? Send us an e-mail!

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