The Aqua Design (Short) Story
There once was an enthusiastic fly-fisherman whose passion was walking salt water flats in search of cruising sport fish. The problem was, whenever he quietly waded close to a pod of approaching bonefish, they typically spooked and bolted away like torpedoes.
So in the mid-1990’s, the angler finally had this epiphany, “if I can see the fish, the fish can see me.” That realization was the beginning of Aqua Design skyward camouflage. Water photography in various colors blending into nature and printed on fabric. Camouflage to blend skyward from the fish’s perspective.
Aqua Design 2.0 began in July of 2000, when the young company was purchased by Jerry and Mary Lou Tlucek. Under their leadership, the team began to expand on the idea of sun-protective, water-inspired apparel for both women and men. After a complete redesign of the photographic pattern and colors, a new and improved version was launched.
Fast forward to today, the exclusive water pattern is a favorite of thousands in all types of lifestyle options. Styles include beach, surf, swim, snorkel along with hunting and fishing clothing. Vibrant 3-D colors, excellent UPF sun protection, and innovative styles are all reasons why we have so many repeat customers.
Water infused clothing with you in mind is the heart and soul of what we do at Aqua Design. We want you to look great and stay protected from the sun for all your water adventures. We love our awesome customers!
When Jerry is away from Idaho and his dairy farm, you can occasionally find him on a vacation with his bride of over 50 years, Mary Lou. An avid fly-fisherman, Jerry has fished from the Bahamas to Alaska and attributes some of his angling success to Aqua Design. By the way, we don’t call it “fishing” around Aqua Design. We call it “field-testing,” and Jerry is our #1 field-tester!
Jerry is also a prolific songwriter and has penned over 150 gospel songs and recorded 16 albums spanning 30 years.
Rex Bledsoe/CEO (Coffee Enthusiast and Outdoorsman)
When I'm not chasing fish with my fly rod or home-roasting coffee, I enjoy learning about early American history.
My wife, Gwyneth, and I visited the site of the British surrender in Yorktown, VA where this cannon was used in the siege of 1781. If you are interested in history, Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown, should be on your bucket list.
One of the best reasons for being on the team at Aqua Design is reading the many enthusiastic comments from our customers. It's satisfying to know we are helping people protect their skin when enjoying the outdoors by wearing our comfortable, innovative activewear.
Kim Jean/General Manager
A little bit about me. I would like to share with you some things that put a smile on my face, keeping me refreshed and positive. So, here is a glimpse of what I enjoy outside of work.
I have amazing girlfriends and our 'Girls Weekends' are the bright spot in my life! I enjoy cooking, entertaining and making the table a festive focal point for the occasion.
A few fun hobbies. Making spices with the herbs from my herb garden. Collecting salts from around the world and experimenting with them in different foods and giving salt tastings, as well as canning fresh fruits and veggies from our garden.
On my bucket list is a trip to Dubai and staying at Burj Al Arab hotel. Last but not least, I have to say, being an empty-nester is a good thing. (wink) Although my Husband, Daughter, 2 Grand Babies, Son and Twin Boys make life worth living!
Tina Balderston/Multi-channel Manager
When not managing sales channels for Aqua Design, I manage a menagerie that includes 4 kids, 3 dogs, 2 cats, and 1 very old horse all loosely contained on five country acres. I'm known for my love of all things photographic (except for *being* photographed -- photos of me are as rare as yeti sightings), equine and Sci-Fi, especially Star Trek, and for dabbling in a lot of different activities. I enjoy learning new things, so it's not unusual on any given day to find me decorating cakes, glass blowing, editing video or building a pergola, to name a few.
A lot of my free time (free time -- hahaha) is spent gaming with my kids and friends (MOBA's and MMO's in particular), reading, and pursuing my passion for photography.
Tina B ~ Manager of many people's things
Ray Juaton/Customer Support
Saturday, (Sabbath) is the day when I get some rest from attending to customer’s concerns and inquiries. This is the day when I am in church. This picture was taken at Dusita SDA Multigrade School, Dusita, Sierra Bullones, Bohol, Philippines, a 1-hour drive from home. We have attended the Baccalaureate service in church during our nephew’s graduation.
One of the best things that I am thankful working for Aqua Design is the opportunity to be of great service to the customers. The feeling can never be equaled when somebody is giving you thanks for attending to their needs.
The shipping team works at a different location and they are too busy filling orders to participate :) Perhaps one day soon, we can use dark chocolate to coax them to take a break long enough and pose for a photo and answer a few questions.
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3540 E Lanark Drive
Meridian, ID 83642
119 S Valley Drive, Suite A, #179
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