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By Bianca Kasawdish

Sports Illustrated’s 2014 Swimsuit Edition.” src=”” alt=”This Allure Lime bikini, $195, was worn by model Hannah Davis in Sports Illustrated’s 2014 Swimsuit Edition.” width=”580” height=”436” />

Appearing in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue is the dream of countless models and fashion trendsetters worldwide, a dream that has come true over and over again for designer Elizabeth Southwood.

Southwood designs all of the collections for Sauvage Swimwear, a San Diego-based women’s and men’s clothing company she launched in 1980 with her husband, Simon, who oversees sales and operations. Sauvage (French for “wild”) has since grown to become one of the nation’s premiere swim fashion labels.

“All of my swimwear is designed for a glamorous day at the beach or pool,” says Elizabeth, who is also the company’s production manager, responsible for not only Sauvage’s bikini lines but also its cover-ups and coordinated accessories.

Three Sauvage suits, including the two shown on this page and the one on the previous page, are featured in the 50th Anniversary issue of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition published in February.

“We’ve had two or three designs included in every issue of Sports Illustrated since 1995,” says Simon, pointing out that one of Elizabeth’s designs (shown to the right) made the cover of the magazine’s 2011 Swimsuit Edition. “I think we’re one of the few they call upon for something special, because they know we hand-create everything.”

Coming this fall from Sauvage is a women’s yoga line that complements the company’s recently revealed yoga offerings for men. Check out the Sauvage Swimwear Boutique in La Jolla or shop online at

1025 Prospect St., La Jolla