If you have been in our Palmetto Dunes Tennis & Pickleball Center lately (recently rated as the world’s “Best Pro Shop”), you may have spotted some new vibrant attire on our shelves; Pickleball Skorts by Pickleball Bella, the only of their kind on the market!
Pickleball Bella is made up of two gals, Kim and Nancy, who are addicted to Pickleball and when they couldn’t find proper court attire for the sport, they rolled up their sleeves and designed a line of fun and functional pickleball activewear specific to the pickleball lifestyle.
Their skorts are made of custom in-house prints created from original hand painted works of art, which are digitized, then sublimated onto custom made, high quality fabric, to create both fun and functional pickleball skorts. Coming in two styles, the A-line and Drop-Pleat, all skorts styles feature:
Even more, the story behind how Pickleball Bella started is just as fun as their prints! Co-founder Kim shares with us just how the athletic wear line came about:
“Nancy and I met in 2016, of all places, on our local pickleball courts in Daytona Beach Shores and became fast friends. Together, we attended the 2017 U.S. Open Pickleball Championship event in Naples, FL to watch friends compete and take in some awesome pro play. The event did not disappoint...with the exception of one area...SKORTS!
We kept asking each other, ‘Where are the PICKLEBALL skorts.’ We noticed the majority of female athletes wearing solid color skorts, and actually witnessed a few sporting tennis and golf themed skorts, but not a single pickleball themed skort.
We shopped the vendor tent during the day and the internet at night, looking for pickleball themed prints, to no avail. Keep in mind, neither of us needed another court skort, both of us owned more than our fair share of skorts. But, we were on the hunt for a true pickleball skort. As luck would have it, we found nada, nothing, zero, zilch, not a stitch anywhere!
So, on the 5 hour drive home, without either having any experience in the textile world other than buying a ridiculous amount of skorts for ourselves, we decided to start our own line of designer athleticwear, specific to the pickleball lifestyle. Yes, we were and still are bonkers and remind ourselves of that everyday!
Our name, Pickleball Bella, honors Nancy’s 4# service dog, a fluffy, black, adorable miniature poodle, named Bella. At events, Bella can oftentimes be found prancing alongside Nancy or rolling over for a beloved “belly rub” and she’s been deemed our official mascot.
At a very rapid pace we learned the ins and outs of the textile industry through expos, consultants, internet, factories, print houses, travels, etc., and we’re still learning something new every day! It’s been an exciting, scary, fulfilling, frightening, fun, sad, happy, mad, amazing & incredible journey.
We’ve met many wonderful people along the way from all over the world. Our line from start to finish, including threads, elastic, inks, fabrics, dyes, tags, printing, etc. is produced solely in Guatemala. Currently the U.S. government has a free trade agreement with Central America, which allows us to be fair in our pricing and greatly benefits the economic status of the Guatemalan textile workers who consistently produce quality products for us. They are hardworking, proud people and one of our many goals is to bring Pickleball to the factories and mills we partner with.”
Kim and Nancy have been busier than ever developing many new products, including jewelry, and have recently launched their e-commerce website at pickleballbella.com along with showcasing their skorts at tournaments, club pro shops, Amazon, and more.
We are thrilled to partner with Pickleball Bella as their flagship retailer at our own Palmetto Dunes Pro Shop. Be sure to call (843) -785-1152 or stop by the pro shop to check them out and learn more about the many opportunities to both learn and play Pickleball at one of our academies or clinics.