The same fabric that allows our suits to cling perfectly to your body also makes them vulnerable to high heat and harsh chemicals. In order for your DESPI suits to last longest, please take the time to read a few mindful instructions:
Rinse your swimsuit in cool water immediately after swimming in sea salt or chlorine. Pools or Hot Tubs that contain high levels of chlorine increase possible damage to your suit in addition to shortening the lifespan. Note: hot water is not good for swimwear. Avoid too many dips or too long exposure in Hot Tubs. If possible, reverse your suit or dedicate a specific suit to utilize for Hot Tub purposes.
Handwash your suit utilizing a mild soap to prolong its life. Do not wash in the washing machine. Do not soak or tumble dry.
Wash newer suits alone to allow any excess dye to rinse out. Bleeding of the dye is normal and will stop after a few washes.
Tanning-Bronzer lotions, tinted moisturizers, oils, harsh chemicals, minerals and chlorine can cause discoloration. This is not a manufacturing defect.
Drying in the sunshine for too long fades the color of your swimsuit. After washing, squeeze your suit gently in a towel before putting it aside to dry.
Rotate your suits! Spandex or elastane are “memory” fabrics. They require a full day to snap back to usual position. It is important to have a variety of suits so each one has more than 24 hours to bounce back.
When sitting, use a sarong or towel to avoid rough surfaces snagging or tearing the material.
Many DESPI suits have embellishments (gold plated hardware, leather details, crochet, macrames, hand embroideries, etc) that can be worn at the beach or in the pool but need to be handled with extra care.