The iconic Maui-based label – created by sisters Lisa Letarte Cabrinha and Michele Letarte Ross – debuted the elite designs of swimwear, coordinating cover-ups and sportswear in 2000. The Hawaiian authenticity and exclusivity of the Letarte label have blended a bohemian island essence with chic global aesthetics that the sister duo have made recognizable around the globe. Designer Lisa, who lives in Maui, infuses her jet-setting island lifestyle and the spirit of Aloha into Letarte's signature trademarked prints, intricate adornments and lavish detail. Over the past decade, the coveted brand has developed a devoted fan base of loyal customers worldwide—including endorsements from Hollywood's finest, and internationally acclaimed media by winning the cover of "Sports Illustrated" twice. Letarte operates in Fairfield CT (headquarters), Maui HI, Greenwich CT, Palm Beach FL, Nantucket MA, Madison Avenue NYC, Malibu and Newport Beach CA, Southampton NY, and shortly in San Jose CA, Scottsdale AZ, and Waikiki, HI
Harbor Cap Partners acquired a minority stake in Letarte to provide the funding and operations to accelerate its evolution into a major lifestyle brand, and to fund its expansion in new markets. During the first year, we have more than doubled the run rate of revenues, and are continuing to grow the company at over 25% annually.
Prior Investments, made while at Windsong Brands and Tengram Capital partners, include: Caribbean-Joe, Robert Graham Design Within Reach, Ellen Tracy, Carlos Falchi, William Rast, NEST Fragrances, and Laura Geller Beauty.