Sauipe Swimwear! Quite possibly my favorite brand name to say aloud, (Sa-wee-pay!), Sauipe is a brand that embodies the natural beauty of Bahia in Costa do Sauipe, Brazil. Bahia is a magical place, with a beautiful sweeping shoreline, scattered coconut palm trees along the coastline, luxurious resorts, warm hospitality, and the pervasive feeling of an exotic paradise. The ambiance of this Brazilian culture is all captured within the Sauipe brand.
For the 2012 collection, the designers at Sauipe looked to Spain for inspiration, drawing upon the scenic landscape and the painting style of 20th century European artists, (such as Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro), fusing the rich historical and artistic culture of Spain into the creative design process. Colors for the 2012 collection emerged in bold jewel tones of emerald/jade, sapphire blue, topaz orange, bright pink/rubellite, navy, onyx black, and sand. The printed suits were also infused with vivid colors: floral prints with hints of pink, red, yellow, and green; orange with smoky grey; deep blue; turquoise strokes; and dusty purplish-rose -- all tones that mirror the beautiful Spanish terrain, and the colors of Picasso's painting palette.
Back when I worked for a bikini shop in Hawaii, women always used to ask me which suits I would recommend for girls with a larger bust, or for girls post-baby who were looking for a one-piece with a little more coverage. Since being introduced to Sauipe, I can say that this is the brand I would recommend. In addition to the string styles, Sauipe has a wide range of "conservative Brazilian" cuts... thick halter tops, twisted bandeaus with supportive halter straps, high-waisted retro bottoms, boyshorts, and a variety of comfortable, stylish maillots that are draped, cinched, and twisted to perfection. There are also two cover-ups in this collection that look soooo comfy and sumptuous to me-- the "Raquel" and the "Gilda." These are the kind of luxe cover-ups that you want to take with you on your next tropical vacay... you will need them when you're gallivanting around the island. :)
p.s.- All of this talk about Spain has made me realize how badly I want to go to Ibiza! Or really, anywhere in the Balearic Islands. Spanish villas and terraces, aqua Mediterranean water, cobblestone alleys, afternoon siestas on the beach, a charming town full of waterfront cafes and shops...? I have to go.