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The Swimwear Bug


By Contributor Susan Kasimer

I’ve recollections of purchasing with Sport Honest courting again to 1989.  A consultant would come to my summer time pool (Annandale Swim & Tennis) with bins of workforce fits, goggles, and generally different assorted fits to put on for observe.  Swimsuits had been fascinating to me.  I’d pore over the Speedo catalogs that will come within the mail, mesmerized by all of the prints that had been out there. 
My dad, a swimmer himself, would look over them with me and we might select our favorites, however I by no means appeared to get ones past what my groups had been sporting on the time (or hand-me-downs from my older sister, Lauren).  My dad and mom’ opinion relating to swimwear once I was youthful was, “Why do you want one other go well with?  You may have your workforce go well with.”  Sigh. A lot for having one thing that was not primary and worn by all my friends. 

1992 Catalog Web page—An image of our workforce go well with (“Brainwaves”) from its authentic Speedo catalog!
Courtesy Susan Kasimer

Because the years handed, I used to be capable of specific extra of an curiosity in spending cash I earned or acquired on swimsuits for myself.  My swimwear wardrobe grew from workforce fits to the occasional different “enjoyable” Speedo go well with, most frequently purchased at Sport Honest. 

Gary (Gary Ramsey, Sport Honest President) didn’t see the Kasimer household greater than thrice per 12 months at most, however he at all times remembered us by identify with a smile and handled us like gold once we got here to buy.  The shop [at the time] was small, considerably cramped, and out of our normal “bubble” of journey, however Gary made each go to of ours particular.  I distinctly bear in mind being on the checkout counter within the retailer with my dad once I was 13 or 14.  I used to be bouncing far and wide—SO excited in regards to the new bag, go well with, and goggles that had been about to be mine eventually—but nonetheless mentioning to him all the opposite gadgets I favored.  He grew flustered with the mindset that he could by no means get me out of there as a result of I needed to remain and study each inch of the place!   

Lauren & Susan—My sister (proper) and me (left) in our 1992 Annandale Crimson Tide workforce fits from Sport Honest
Photograph Courtesy Susan Kasimer

Within the fall of 1998, I used to be 16 years previous and swimming with the Potomac Marlins on the Dunn Loring Y.  Gary was on the observe web site to promote workforce fits and equipment and as I approached the tables stuffed with “swim sweet”, I stated hiya and shortly entered my normal swimwear trance as I checked out all of the enjoyable colours and patterns.  In the direction of the tip of the promote session, Gary checked out me, smiled, and stated, “I would love you to work for me this summer time.”  I used to be delighted at the opportunity of working at Sport Honest.  It appeared much more partaking than the lifeguarding job I had on the time that bored the daylights out of me.

At 11 AM on April 17, 1999, my journey working with Sport Honest started as a seventeen-year-old making $6 an hour.  It was $0.25 lower than my lifeguard job, however I loved interacting with clients and dealing with merchandise a lot greater than sitting in a chair watching others have enjoyable that I didn’t thoughts the wage distinction.  I labored Saturdays and holidays for the remainder of that faculty 12 months and a few throughout the summer time.  When my hourly wage on the retailer surpassed what I may make lifeguarding, I fortunately retired my whistle and lanyard… and gladly bought, you guessed it… enjoyable observe fits, goggles, and caps.  I couldn’t have been any happier or pleased with my job at Sport Honest.  Little did I understand that I started a profession of employment that will convey me a higher sense of satisfaction than I’d ever think about!            

Susan Kasimer is Sport Honest’s retail supervisor, a job description obtained in 2006.  Along with being a daughter, sister, and auntie to her twin nephew and niece, she is a year-round swimmer specializing in open water.  She has a love for household, pals, rubber geese, pink, and something Lilly Pulitzer.