Columbian Sol – OndadeMar Swimwear and Agua Bendita Swimwear

Columbian swimwear has really captured the attention of the world, as women throughout South America, the Caribbean, Europe, the United States, and as far away as Dubai and Singapore cannot seem to get enough of the extraordinary designs coming out of this spicy nation on South America’s Pacific coast. The landmark name in all of Columbian swimwear is none other than the fabulous OndadeMar, whose lifestyle brand hails a swimwear collection of everything a girl could ever want to look and feel her fashionably best while on vacation.

Columbia’s rich culture of art, design, handcrafts, and an undeniably voracious love of fashion is now taking center stage in the area of swimwear. Columbia’s sizzling fashion scene has a beauty and uniqueness all of its own. Columbian women love to dress up, even when they are wearing the most minuscule of fashion items: the swimsuit. Being a coastal nation, swimwear is a very important facet. The look of Columbian women is about fun, happiness, femininity, and sensuality- hallmarks of Columbian culture. One swimwear brand that has really captured this spirit is Agua Bendita.

Having graced the cover of the SI swimsuit edition, as well as being featured in editorials of every noted fashion publication stateside, and Latin America, OndadeMar is a leading name on the swimwear scene. OndadeMar swimwear hit the beaches in 1999, with intention of making Columbian swimwear a worldwide phenomenon. Known for their trendsetting, fun, and classy designs, OndadeMar stands out amongst all other Latin Brands. Over the years, OndadeMar has blossomed from a high-end swimwear company, into an enormous luxury resort lifestyle brand, seeking to meet the needs of teenage, college-age, and sophisticated women. The swimwear is couture, with a beautiful infusion of Latin decadence. OndadeMar is now considered one of the best swimwear brands in the world, and when you look at their 2010 collection, it’s as obvious as it is beautiful.

When you wear an OndadeMar bikini or one piece, you will get noticed- the fit is impeccable, and the trend factor is always on point. The carefully added details will never inundate the look, only enhance it. Made from the most luxurious fabrics, and beautiful details, owning an OndadeMar swimsuit is a must in any swimwear wardrobe.

OndadeMar’s standards of manufacturing, distribution, and design are clearly acknowledged throughout the international fashion industry. Worldwide, luxury hotels offer OndadeMar swimwear in their high-end boutiques. Dubai, Singapore, Maui, Bali, Australia, London, and Paris- are the fashionable locales where girls are clamoring for OndadeMar. Owned by Tribeca Partners, the most prestigious private equity fund in Columbia, OndadeMar now has the investment capital to be the international fashion powerhouse that it is.

Every Agua Bendita piece is one of a kind, and is truly the work of an artistic vision and crafted by someone’s hands. Having graced the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition over the past three years, and the cover of the SI calendar, this is one brand that is meant to be seen. Started in 2003, the designers of Agua Bendita were determined to get their unique vision noticed. And if you’ve seen any part of the line- you’ll know what I mean! You can’t miss the blazing colors, the eye-popping details, the striking cuts, and the fantastic girly attitude every suit emanates!

Agua Bendita combines the finest European swimwear fabrics, the use of technology to create incredible design in the form of laser cuts, combined with the time honored hand arts of crochet, beading, and embroidery. They also combine a variety of prints in most of their pieces, for a very eclectic look. Ruffles, smocking, piping, ruching- the details are infinite with this brand! The finished product is a magnificently created work of couture fashion. Agua Bendita bikinis, monokinis, and one pieces are made to be fabulous, and to attract attention. Agua Bendita is carried in luxury boutiques all over the world, and they boast signature boutiques in Columbia’s major fashion cities of Cartagena, Medellin, and Barranquilla, and also in Mexico, and Venezuela.

Caring for Your Luxury Swimsuit

With proper care, your luxury swimsuit will last longer and stay in better condition! It is best to read and follow the care instructions on the label provided on your swimsuit. You will also want to keep the following instructions in mind to extend the life of your luxury swimwear.

Use care when wearing your swimsuit.

  • Take care not to let sunscreen or oil touch your suit. These products can discolor or stain your swimsuit and can also break down the fabric fibers.
  • Watch where you sit and what your swimsuit touches. Take care to sit on a towel, as pools and other rough surfaces will damage the suit’s fibers, making it look liked your luxury swimsuit has “pilled”. Also, when in a swimming pool, touching your swimsuit to the inside edge of a pool will also snag or pill your swimsuit. All rough surfaces will damage the fibers of your suit.
  • Chlorine will fade bright colors, so it is best to wash your suit as soon as possible after wearing it. It will also break down the fibers in your suit and your suit will lose elasticity. You can purchase a cleaner made especially for swimsuits that will neutralize the effects of pool chemicals.
  • Do not store a wet suit in a plastic bag, as this will accelerate any damage that may be caused by chlorine or salt water and can encourage mildew or mold.
  • Hand wash your luxury swimsuit as soon as possible after wearing it.
  • Wash swimsuit by hand with cool water and mild/neutral soap (the washing machine will be too rough) and rinse well
  • Wash swimsuits separately, as some color run will naturally occur when a swimsuit is new. Once your suit has been washed several times, the color will probably not run.
  • Using a cleaner made especially for swimsuits will neutralize the effects of pool chemicals. Cleaners are also made for swimwear use in salt water.
  • Air dry your suit away from heat and UV rays from the sun (best to air dry in the shade on a flat surface)
  • Wear your oldest swimsuit in the hot tub/pool (as heat and chlorine will accelerate deterioration of the suit’s fibers)
  • Above all, follow manufacturers care instructions closely

What not to do:

  • Do not iron or bleach your swimsuit or wash it with white garmets (fabric dye can run in the first few washings)
  • Do not machine wash or machine dry your luxury swimwear. Washing machines and detergents are too harsh and will lead to premature suit breakdown. Excessive dryer heat will destroy your swimsuit.
  • Do not leave swimwear rolled up in a wet bag, wet towel or in a gym bag (this can accelerate damage by chemicals or salt water and encourage mold or mildew).

If you follow these suggestions, your suit should last for many seasons. Happy sunbathing! And, don’t forget to wear your sunscreen.

Rebecca Swimwear

The 2011 swimwear collection by Rebecca with its two distinct lines: Mythos and Episode, has delighted the European Swimwear consumers and can now be found in the United States of America. The Rebecca showcased its 2011 beachwear collections at Curve Expo Las Vegas in August 2010 and at the Mode City Paris Fashion Show 2010 during the 4th-6th of September 2010.

Rebecca Beachwear 2011 collection launched at the Mode City Paris Fashion Show featured lots of stunning one piece and two piece swimsuits, many complemented by exquisite cover ups. Rebecca, with its fashion forward swimsuit styles, color combination, and unique designs, was a huge sensation. Rebecca suits are characterized by seamless stitching, use of highest quality swimwear materials, and above all, use of genuine Swarovski elements. What sets Rebecca apart from its competitors is its use of Swarovski crystals throughout its most exquisite swimsuit collection and Muehlmeier cups for a perfect fit. Going beyond the mere play with fabric colors and cuts, Rebecca is adding even more luxury and glamor to its swimsuits through its high quality workmanship and innovative use of accessories.

Rebecca Swimwear is a designer swimsuit brand that will leave its wearer speechless. What sets Rebecca apart is the perfect fit, the high quality Italian fabrics, the original and innovative designs, and most of all, the tasteful use of Swarovski crystals. The swimsuit top styles range from bandeau, halter, triangle, to padded swimsuits and push up top styles. The padded top swimsuits, whether bandeau, halter, or triangle, are made of a light foam that contours to your body and gives your bust great shape and support. Push up swimsuit tops are padded, have extra removable pads and built in underwire for extra support and cleavage enhancement. The swimsuit bottoms range from full coverage, to moderate coverage, to sexy Brazilian cuts.