FOUNDER & DESIGNER, KRISTYN GODDARD
Model, Maverick and Animal Advocate
I started designing for the classic reason - I personally couldn’t find swimwear I liked. Why, I thought, aren’t there more swimsuits that are less revealing yet sexy? Flattering but not so bare? I began re-imaging designs with the perfect combination of style and fit with extra pieces to layer, then brought them to my master patternmaker and together we’ve made magic.
Growing up with three siblings in a rural area in San Diego with every kind of animal from dogs and cats to chickens and carrier pigeons, I discovered by primal connection to them and particularly to horses. My mother managed to get me that horse and it was my reason for living until I moved back to Los Angeles to major in theater arts in the pursuit of acting.
But I missed interacting with those majestic creatures so between acting gigs, I would work in the early mornings as a Thoroughbred exercise rider then hop in my car to be downtown by noon to work as a fit model in the swimwear industry. This hands-on education with designers and patternmakers settled deep within me and I absorbed the day-to-day workings like a sponge. To be continued…
After a successful turn as the founder of a school training young people for careers in the horse racing industry and then creating the first licensed “cage free” dog boarding facility in the United States, my frustration with my inability to find a swimsuit I liked told me I was ready to revisit my love of design.
So, launching Paradise Ranch Designs had been brewing for a long time. Creating swimwear that hugs your body, and feels like a second skin is the perfect mix of beauty and function. With my career as a fit model, I know a good fit! I’m even working with my original master patternmaker, which is a lovely symbiotic relationship. And I’ve designed pieces that have more fabric allowing them to stay in place as you move through the water, on the beach or across a restaurant. Have I worn them horseback riding? Yes! The long-sleeve “Got Your Back” style is fearless! More coverage also keeps the unhealthy UV rays at bay, which is something everyone at every age knows.
I do try to live by “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” and this extends to all life; my precious animals, my family, friends and those that become members of my Paradise Ranch Design family. Designing swimwear and daywear that not only looks incredible but makes you feel incredible is part of that mantra – I want to share what I’d like for myself. In all things.
Kris Goddard lives with her husband Brian on a ranch in the foothills of California’s San Gabriel mountains with two dogs, a cat, several chickens, a couple of ducks and visiting deer. Her passion for animals continues in her original Paradise Ranch Pet Resort and her rescue work taking high-risk dogs from shelters, training them, then finding their forever homes.
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