(Ā is used to denote a long A)
Origin: from a childhood mispronunciation, in reference to ‘bathing suits.’
B Ā B E N is a Los Angeles based swimwear brand founded in 2021 by designer, Hanna Dorman. Hanna graduated with a major in fashion design and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Otis College of Art and Design. After working in New York City for notable brands, Coach and Ralph Lauren, Hanna returned to her roots in California to launch her own label. Her admiration for surfing, the ocean and enjoying life centered around the beach made her realize the need to create a luxury brand for women who value fashion-forward yet playful beach attire. Inspiration stems from collected vintage pieces, photos of her mother in the 70’s, new wave music, and most of all, the way the sun sparkles on the ocean. With eclectic embroideries, Hanna’s own hand-drawn, and painted prints, B Ā B E N evokes the spirit of childhood dreams that survived.
B Ā B E N offers meaningful details and timeless style combined with the finest materials. Made in LA in small quantities, the brand focuses on quality, attention to detail, and ethical production methods, while supporting the local economy.
The brand is made up of a team of two women, established by Hanna and her mother, Tamara, a guiding light all her life. From the beach to downtown, the duo seeks to empower and to connect to all women, and to be with them on their way to learning to love and adorn their bodies. In Hanna’s own words, “I love you, so I set you free to shine around all things like the sun.”