Who doesn’t associate Miami Beach with the latest and greatest in hotels, clubs restaurants, beaches and the hottest bikinis? Swimwear can be found everywhere in the 100 hundreds of swimsuit stores that dot the area whether it be the stores on Collins Ave. like Guess which of course carry Guess swimwear or the myriad of surf stores that carry Body Glove swimwear or the boutiques on Lincoln Rd. that carry Salinas swimwear or Guess swimwear. If you are looking for Betsey Johnson swimwear you will have to go up the road a bit to Bal Harbor.
Miami Beach stretches for around 60 blocks and ends at an area called South Point. This area is famous for its grand condominiums that are inhabitant my millionaires and the stars. Anna Kornikova has lived in the area and you just might see her sunning on the beach and wearing the latest designer bikini. Another celebrity with a sexy body prime for designer swimwear is Shakira who has also made Miami her home. With her Latin roots she fits rite into the mix as Miami is heavily populated with a mixture of people from all over South America.
Not only is Miami a place to see and be seen wearing the latest designer swimsuit but it is also the place that women's swimwear designers live, have headquarters and work. Onda De Mar swimwear an exotic brand from Columbia finds its headquarters in Miami. The colorful eclectic line is partially designed in Miami and Columbia and then is produced in Columbia and distributed in the US through its Miami office. Columbia and Brazil are to swimwear what Italy and France are to fashion.
Speaking of Brazil, Spencer Antle a former dive instructor and commercial director has taken his love of the water and his keen visual eye and developed Island Company swimwear from his Miami apartment. Since then he has moved up the pike to Palm Beach where he has his corporate headquarters. Here again a swimsuit company has taken the fusion of the US and South America together. Island Company bikinis are designed with a very strong classic American influence but are manufactured with the skill of Brazilian craftsmanship. The perfect combination of North America and South America has created a bikini sold the world over.
Let’s not forget Red Carter swimwear. Red moved to Miami X numbers of years ago to pursue his dream of creating his own designer swimwear line. Red, nicknamed for his vibrant hair color, designed for some of the top swimwear designers before creating his own brand Red Carter South Beach. Red Carter swimwear can be found in department stores and boutiques across the country. Red is influenced by the South Beach lifestyle and always some fantastic cut out one pieces bathing suits as well as a strong collection of nautical inspired pieces as well.
Let’s not forget that Miami is also home to the annual Miami Swimwear Show that brings the greatest junior swimwear designers from around the world each year to show their wears. Huge tents are set up on the beach to accommodate the exciting swimwear fashion shows each year. The Miami Swimwear show is to Miami what Fashion Week is to NY?