Colombia is considered as a “megadiverse” country, ranking as the 2nd most biodiverse country in the world. It has the highest amount of species by area in the world, including the most endemic species of butterflies, the most orchid species, the most amphibian species and more species of birds than all of Europe and North America combined. Over 500 year’s of mingling between Indigenous Indians, Europeans, Africans and Middle Easterners (among others) have contributed to a rich ethnic diversity as well. All this diversity provides plenty of inspiration for Colombian’s to create the most beautiful and unique prints in the swimwear market.
WHY DOES COLOMBIA MAKE THE BEST SWIMWEAR?
Colombia is the only country in South America that has a coastline on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, that’s 1,020 miles of Caribbean and 1,360 miles of Pacific coastlines with beautiful pristine beaches. Its located on the equator so most of the country is hot and drenched in sunshine all year long. And as one of the countries with the most public holiday’s in the world and a national love for celebration – Barranquilla’s Carnival, Medellin’s Feria de las Flores, Cartagena’s Miss Colombia Pageant to name a few – there is always an opportunity for Colombian’s to enjoy a little sunshine and show off their cute bikinis.
Colombia is quickly becoming the fashion capital of Latin America, with an integrated garment and textile industry, mainly centered around Medellín. Medellín is home to Colombiamoda – Latin America’s largest fashion trade show, Colombiatex Americas – Latin America’s leading textile industry trade show and home to some of your favorite swimwear brands – Agua Bendita, Ondademar, Touché, MALAI, Maaji and many more. As one of the largest producers of lingerie in the world, Colombia counts with highly skilled designers, seamstresses and artisans that have mastered the art of transforming high quality fabrics and handcrafted details into swimwear pieces that flatter the female body and accentuate their beauty.
COLOMBIAN SWIMWEAR BRANDS GOING GLOBAL
Colombian swimwear has been recognized worldwide for its commitment to excellent quality, attention to detail, and stylish trends. The exclusive designs, innovative materials, and tailored-made production of Colombian brands have made these garments unique pieces that stand out in international markets. For every swimwear category, Colombian brands offer a variety of styles, textures, and prints using innovative fabrics providing comfort and fitting to different body types. Around the world, Colombian swimwear brands have taken major international runway shows and tradeshows. Some of these include: Swim Show (USA – Miami), Curve (USA – New York and Las Vegas), Mode City (France –Paris), ModeLingerie (China – Shanghai), and Swim Collective (USA – California). Additionally, Sports Illustrated, Vogue, Elle, and other major magazines have featured Colombian brands in more than one edition showcasing the high quality and unique designs of the Colombian brands in the industry. Source: Procolombia