Somewhere down in the basement lies one of my old Gottex bathing suits, now faded beyond use. I see it in memory of the younger me with my then-boyfriend, now-husband, when we toured the world on a dime and seemed to live in bathing suits.
Two summers ago, I was at a pool party in Southampton when I spotted a girl wearing the coolest dress/swimsuit hybrid I had ever seen. I didn't know her, but that didn't matter. I had to find out where it was from. "Vintage," she smiled. "I bought it at this great second hand store downtown."