Raised in nature, Marina Leight began creating clothing as a young child. Inspired by her youth growing up in the San Juan Islands, and continuing into young adulthood working on her family’s fishing boat in Alaska, Marina’s respect for nature is now embedded in the ethos of her brand. She sources biodegradable and repurposed materials as part of her effort to highlight, conserve, and give back to the earth in everything she does.
At the beginning of her career, Marina graduated at the top of her class at FIDM’s Debut Show. She then traveled to Europe under full scholarship where she received training under a Savile Row tailor, and was subsequently invited to apprentice couture following her study at Accademia Koefia in Rome, Italy- Receiving an MA in Couture Arts. It was there that she picked up her penchant for meticulous design and garment finishing. After 3 years of design work in Italy, Marina returned to the states to launch design agency, factory, and custom atelier Alumni Design. At Alumni, she helped to design for and build clients’ brands for nearly a decade before deciding to close and pivot, reinventing herself under her namesake brand, Marina Leight, in 2021.
Marina Leight is the namesake brand of Los Angeles based designer, Marina Leight. This coastal collection is founded on a love of nature, stories of the sea, and the memory making moments that define our lives. ML’s mission is to sustainably design and deliver products that highlight the beauty of those who wear them. Ever a champion for strength in individuality, those who wear ML reflect that same energy. Marina Leight offers a RTW collection of foundation pieces and releases limited edition capsules throughout the year.
Materials and production are carefully monitored to achieve, maintain, and improve upon our ethical manufacturing processes. ML is committed to repurposing and recycling all production and development materials. Marina is careful to maintain ethical transparency and selects manufacturing partners who share similar human rights values. We encourage and empower our teams to take ownership and pride in their work. ML believes that this energy and love is felt in the clothing and believes that these values transform Marina Leight’s everyday luxuries into treasured necessities.
- All of our luxury linens are tracked from seed to fabric
- All of our new materials are fully biodegradable
- All of our synthetic materials are sourced from recycled nets, ocean plastics, and materials that would otherwise be sent to landfills
- All of our off cuttings are repurposed and donated to local nonprofits.
- All of our team members are paid a fair living wage.