.Lingerie Designer Stephanie Bodnar

Stephanie Bodnar is the designer behind Evgenia Lingerie, a collection she makes entirely at her West Marin studio. As she puts it, it’s “fine lingerie for the modern heartbreaker.” Not surprisingly, she also loves a good theme party and a great glass of champagne.

What do you do?

I run Evgenia Lingerie, where I design and hand-make luxury silk and French lace lingerie.

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Where do you live?

Nicasio.

How long have you lived in Marin?

Just over eight years.

Where can we find you when you’re not at work?

In day-to-day life, taking a class at FITLAB in Fairfax, working in the yard, baking and drawing with my six-year-old-daughter and chasing my chickens around. When I get the chance to shut off for a while, I love playing pool at The Old Western, sipping a cocktail at Stillwater or listening to live music at The Papermill.

If you had to convince someone how awesome Marin is, where would you take them?

Tomales Bay! Heart’s Desire Beach is a favorite, and we always take out-of-towners to Tony’s, Hog Island Oyster Company or the Tomales Bay Oyster Company. Nicasio Valley Cheese Company is also a no-brainer.

What’s one thing Marin is missing?

Style. I’d love to see people dress up more.

What’s one bit of advice you’d share with your fellow Marinites?

Keep exploring. In eight years of living here, I’m still finding corners of Marin I didn’t know existed, and meeting new awesome people all the time.

If you could invite anyone to a special dinner, who would they be?

My grandmother and company namesake. I never met her, and I have so many questions I’d love to ask her.

What is some advice you wish you knew 20 years ago?

You don’t know everything, and the more you learn, the more you’ll realize you don’t actually know. Stay curious and humble.

What is something that 20 years from now will seem cringeworthy?

The current resurgence of early ’00s fashion, which, incidentally, I find cringeworthy right now.

Big question. What is one thing you’d do to change the world?

Have more women in charge!

Keep up with Bodnar at iamevgenia.com and at @evgenialingerie on Instagram.

Nish Nadaraja was on the founding team at Yelp, serves on the San Anselmo Arts Commission and attempts to play pickleball at Fairfax’s Cañon Club.

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