Agua Bendita swimwear started as a labor of love between Colombian fashion design students Catalin Álvarez and Mariana Hinestroza in 2003, while they studied at the Colegiatura Colombiana University Institution. Since then, Agua Bendita has earned a reputation as one of the fastest-growing lines in the industry. Agua Bendita has drawn inspirations from indigenous cultures, manifested in the handcrafted touches made by Colombian artisans. Combined with high-quality material and laser-cutting, Agua Bendita’s product is internationally known for its quality. The 2013 collection features Agua Bendita’s signature tribal prints, but with a trendy neon twist, pin-up prints and natural solids. The devil has always been in the details for Agua Bendita, and they have jumped on the ruching and ruffled trend. 2013 has taken the monokini to the limits, and shows off the best of shirring and beading. Álvarez and Hinestroza are experts at taking attention-grabbing trends, such as neon and ruffles, and using them as smaller details in their signature, intricate looks. 2013’s ruffles appear as tiny additions on the outlines of bikinis, while tribal print swimsuits have neon highlights. Agua Bendita has been featured in several editions of Sports Illustrated, Vogue, Maxim and Glamour.