Classic Swimsuit — Full Bottom / Sports Neck
Orders Resume on Monday
I asked The Swimsuit, "Swimsuit, how would you like to be made?"
"Cut me to cover my wearer's bottom," she requested.
"Okay. That's boring, but fine."
"And put me high on her chest," she said, "with thick rubber and straps so I don't come down when I'm dived in."
"The best available rubber and fabric. I would like the chance to grow old!"
"You deserve it," I told her and was planning to go when she added one thing:
"Give me the option of the same fabric as lining."
"Why? That's expensive!" I said.
"It's for shape control, strength of colour, and that certain indefinable something."
It was only after this conversation that I thought about The Swimsuit in metaphysical terms. It is a timeless idea, like The Circle, or Justice. The role of the geometer, law maker and artist is to make each manifest, without recourse to earlier efforts.
- Combines a modest round leg line with a sports neckline and for the perfect balance of performance and style.
- The crotch width is generous in consideration of cycling and cartwheels.
- Side darts have been added to allow for the bust and so the fabric can do what it does so well with regards to support.
- To ensure the seams remain hidden, the lining to the front panel has been secured to the rubber across the full width of the neckline and through the leg seams to the crotch.
- A fraction more tension has been put in the rubber crossing the buttocks than is normal with swimsuits sold off the rack. A Pride swimsuit is designed to look good on your body, not a clothes hanger.
- For fabric we use Vita from Carvico in Milan. It is 78% Recycled Nylon, a.k.a. "Econyl" and 22% Xtra Life Lycra. (See technical data from the Australian importer).
- All threads are UV and chlorine resistant polyester. Depending on the colour, they are from one of the following makers: American and Efird (A&E), Coats in the UK, or Perfect Thread Co. in the USA.
- For elasticity and endurance, 0.63mm thick treated latex has been used in the following widths: 6mm across the front leg seams, 8mm across the neck, back and buttocks and 12mm through the adjustable straps.
- All metal hardware is moulded exclusively for Pride. Electrostatic rack plating contains no heavy metals, for example cadmium, chromium, copper, mercury, nickel or lead.
- Each piece individually cut and sewn in Newcastle East in Australia.
- Design and prototyping by Steven Fleming
- Pattern making and grading by Karissa Shrubb in Newcastle.
Our white swimsuits are made with the same white fabric for the lining as we use on the outside, so, depending on your colouring, may appear see-through when wet.
I walked away from my encounter with The Swimsuit Itself, wondering how a rational entity—A Platonic Form—could refer to an "indefinable something" as part of her argument to me. Surely it was her job, not mine, to articulate the basis of her own essence?
The questions raised in my mind occasioned a period of empirical study. I made single lined swimsuits, ones with thin lining, and swimsuits with equal weight linings but in colours I could purchase in bulk. All would have cut my cost of production.
In the end I concluded that cost-saving with swimsuits is like sculpting from wood, when I would rather be sculpting from marble.
— Steven Fleming, 2019, on the occasion of the Pride brand launch.