We caught up with Athleta swim designer and competitive swimmer Erin Hartman on the inspiration behind our latest performance Streamline swim collection.
The coolest thing about being a designer for Athleta is getting to be a part of a team that lives and breathes this brand everyday. We are constantly striving to design products that bring innovation, fashion-forward trends, and functional performance to our customers. Being a part of a design team that delivers this is truly special and unique.
“We are constantly striving to design products that bring innovation, fashion-forward trends, and functional performance to our customers.”
Were you always a competitive swimmer? Do you still compete?
I’ve been swimming since age six, competing on a swim team in my youth, and eventually becoming a collegiate swimmer and water polo player. I still swim masters and race to this day!
As a swimmer, what you do you look for in the perfect suit?
A suit that fits tight, but does not chafe or cause any discomfort during a long work out. The last thing you want to worry about is a suit that cuts into your shoulders or causes any sort of pain. I also look for a suit with Lycra Xtra Life, which holds its shape better and stands up to chlorine, heat, and sunscreen.
What was your biggest challenge in designing this suit?
Creating a performance fit lives up to the needs of a lap swimmer. My goal was to design a suit that would stay on without dragging in the water when pushing on or off the walls, and would hold up for long, enduring workouts! I even did several swim wear-tests during the design and fit process to make sure it felt amazing during my workouts.
What’s different about this suit versus all the other performance suits out there?
The Streamline collection is special because it was designed especially for athletes, but also brings in elements of mesh and sleek feminine splicing details to give it that special, Athleta touch. I’m super happy with the way it performs, but I really love the way it looks!
Any good swim suit care tips?
Always rinse your suit in cold water right after a swim. Chlorine water can be tough on a suit, even with Lycra Xtra Life. It’s also always best to properly hang and dry it after a swim.
What are the 3 things you always have in your gym bag?
A suit, cap and goggles of course!
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