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Patag­o­nia has taken an im­por­tant step to change the surf and ap­parel in­dus­tries by mak­ing its en­tire line of board­shorts and biki­nis Fair Trade Cer­ti­fied™. Fair Trade means di­rect and prac­ti­cal ben­e­fits to the ground source work­ers, and is part of Patag­o­nia’s broader drive to sup­port work­ers, el­e­vate com­mu­ni­ties and do work in a truly eq­ui­table way. Q & A WITH LAURA KINMAN, GLOBAL PROD­UCT LINE DI­REC­TOR FOR WOMEN’S

SPORTS­WEAR & SURF, PATAG­O­NIA How proud are you of Patag­o­nia biki­nis be­ing Fair Trade Cer­ti­fied? We are ex­tremely happy that we have the op­por­tu­nity to give back to the work­ers that make our swimwear line. When Patag­o­nia launched Fair Trade Cer­ti­fied cloth­ing, we im­me­di­ately wanted to get our swimwear fac­tory on board. The ladies who help build our swimwear line have such a love for the prod­uct and an eye for de­tail, we just wanted an op­por­tu­nity to give back to them. This pro­gramme is set in a way that em­pow­ers the work­ers to cre­ate a demo­crat­i­cally elected Fair Trade worker com­mit­tee that de­cides how funds will be used.

Which bikini would you pick for a surf trip? I al­ways pack the Nanogrip Top and the Nanogrip Tie Side bot­tom. The top is in­cred­i­bly se­cure and of­fers amaz­ing, no-fuss sup­port. I love that the bra is sup­port­ive enough to be used as a sports bra for an im­promptu, post-surf beach yoga ses­sion.

How well does it stay on in the surf? The Nanogrip Top stays put in any size surf, and it al­ways lay­ers well un­der a wet­suit. The Nanogrip Tie Side bot­tom works well in rolling long­board waves to fun-sized, punchy surf. The tie sides al­low the user to ad­just the fit, and the min­i­mal cov­er­age re­duces the amount of wa­ter flush­ing through dur­ing your duck dives.

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