Pistol Pete boasts expressionism in swimwear
Summer is getting hot and steamy. With pool season in full swing, and poolside parties and trips to the beach filling up calendars, finding the right swimwear can make all the difference. To catch up on the latest trends, QSaltLake spoke with a designer from Pistol Pete, one of the premier underwear and swimwear manufacturers in the nation. Watch for bright colors, patterns and square cuts.
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How long have you been working with Pistol Pete?
Peter Diaz and Sami Tarrab started Pistol Pete in 1997.
Diaz, the designer, has always had a passion for fashion. He graduated from FIDM where he learned every aspect of clothing manufacturing — design, patternmaking, grading, sewing, marketing, etc. He always felt that men’s fashion was not exciting or detailed enough. While in school, he would create one-of-a-kind outfits for himself. Everywhere he went, people would stop him and ask where he bought his clothes. Many people began paying him to design clothing for them. Peter could create incredible designs for his employers very fast, thus he earned the nickname Pistol Pete. In 1997, he and his life partner, Sami Tarrab, who had a finance and marketing background, launched Pistol Pete Menswear.
Their very first sales appointment was with a large and well-known international men’s catalog company. Upon seeing Pistol Pete’s first collection of shirts, the company purchased the entire collection. They also asked Peter to create men’s swimwear for them, which he did, and they loved. Thus, Pistol Pete has grown to be a worldwide leader in fashion-forward sportswear, athletic wear, swimwear and underwear for men.
What makes Pistol Pete different from other underwear and swimwear companies?
Pistol Pete achieves its unique style by consistently resourcing and utilizing a wide array of fabrications and processes. Each season, we take what we have learned from the previous collection and improve upon our designs and products. In each collection, we research fashion trends from all over the world. We strive to cover the full spectrum of styles and fabrications. Each collection offers a variety of sporty, retro and classic looks.
We’ve seen a lot of bright colors — colored jeans and shorts — floating around Salt Lake this spring. Does that trend extend to swimwear?
Yes, definitely. Swimwear is every man’s best opportunity to truly express his personality through colors and prints.
What other trends are you seeing this summer in swimwear?
Colorful plaids, bold prints and clever accents such as hardware, charms, pipings and zippers. Pistol Pete’s signature style is the belted swimsuit. We have always been incredibly fond of vintage looks of the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s and we wanted to bring that clean sophistication from those eras into each collection.
Do you have any advice for some of the more robust-sized men? Any advice on how to hide or diminish a muffin top?
The colors and prints, as well as the length of a swimsuit, say a lot about a person’s personality and confidence. Swimsuits go from tiny bikinis to board shorts. Beefier guys look best in square cuts and runner length shorts, drawing more attention to their legs and other assets.
If I’m a little nervous to show too much skin, are there styles that might work better than others?
You don’t have to go skimpy to be sexy. You would be amazed by how many guys who are wearing those long board shorts love the way they look and feel in a square-cut swimsuit.
For those that have junk in the trunk, is there a specific cut or style that shows it off better than others?
If you are blessed with a bountiful booty, then a brief or square cut is definitely the way to go. These styles hug your assets and accent all your curves!
Any last words or advice for QSaltLake readers?
Be bold and infuse your true personalities through the swimwear you choose.