Shopping For New Swimsuits? These 19 Black-Owned Brands Have You Covered
If you're on the hunt for a new swimsuit this summer, these Black-owned swimwear brands have you covered. Each one has its own unique aesthetic and a background story worth celebrating, all of which you'll learn about ahead. From Andrea Iyamah's artistic, statement-making bikinis to MissesBrie's curve-flattering one-pieces, there's something for everyone, no matter what your summer style may be. Keep reading for the full scoop on 19 of our favorite Black-owned swimsuit labels, and add them to your online shopping rotation.
About the Brand: EgoSwim was launched by a group of friends who share a mutual love of shopping for sexy yet comfortable swimwear. The brand's collection includes sleeved one-pieces, a bandeau-style bikini top, and a one-piece that ties up the sides.
Where to Shop: Online at EgoSwim
Where to Follow on Instagram: @_egoswim
About the Brand: Inspired by African culture, BFyne's swimsuits are a print-lover's dream come true. Nigerian-American designer and founder Buki Ade has created bold pieces featured on the pages of Vogue, Glamour, and Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue.
Where to Shop: Online at BFyne
Where to Follow on Instagram: @bfyne
About the Brand: Jamaica-born model Chantel Davis founded Castamira with a desire to create one-pieces that fit like a glove and use eco-friendly, body-conscious fabrics. You definitely don't want to miss her one-shoulder maillot . . . or her ruffled maillot . . . or, OK, you get the picture by now. All of her pieces are stunning.
Where to Shop: Online at Castamira
Where to Follow on Instagram: @castamira.swim
About the Brand: Mint Swim has perfected the art of the classic string bikini. Founded by actress and entrepreneur Draya Michele in 2011, the brand also offers gorgeous one-pieces and scoop-neck bikini tops, in addition to beachy coverups.
Where to Shop: Online at Mint Swim
Where to Follow on Instagram: @mintswimusa
About the Brand: Melissa Simone Gardner's eponymous brand is like a one-stop shop for all your trendy swimwear needs. Animal print? Check. Cutout one-pieces? Check. Velvet textures? Check. It's easy to see why celebs like Sofia Richie, Bella Hadid, Karrueche Tran, and Kylie Jenner regularly rep Melissa Simone.
Where to Shop: Online at Melissa Simone
Where to Follow on Instagram: @melissasimoneswim
About the Brand: Model, blogger, and designer Brielle Anyea created MissesBrie for "women that take risks and the ones that break rules made to silence them." Can we get a "hell yeah"? No matter what your swimsuit style may be, you're sure to find a curve-flattering design that makes you feel confident AF on her site. All MissesBrie suits come in sizes XS-4X.
Where to Shop: Online at MissesBrie
Where to Follow on Instagram: @missesbrie
About the Brand: Simply put, Andrea Iyamah swimsuits are freakin' works of art. Nigerian fashion designer Dumebi Iyamah founded the brand at age 17, and she uses colorful, innovative designs to create her one-of-a-kind, flawlessly tailored pieces. Many of the designs are available in sizes XS-XXXL.
Where to Shop: Online at Andrea Iyamah
Where to Follow on Instagram: @andreaiyamah
About the Brand: Clem Swimwear founder J'Lysa Wilson named the brand after her late aunt, Clementine Johnson, and she names each suit after one of her family members — is that the cutest? Using fine Italian fabric, J'Lysa makes each piece by hand in New York with women of all body types in mind. How stunning is that rose gold bikini?!
Where to Shop: Online at Clem Swimwear
Where to Follow on Instagram: @clemswimwear
About the Brand: All of Jade Swim's pieces are simple and minimalist without being basic. Founded by former fashion editor and stylist Brittany Kozerski Freeney, the brand sells tons of flattering bikinis and one-pieces made with sustainable fabrics in a range of rich hues.
Where to Shop: Online at Jade Swim and Shopbop
Where to Follow on Instagram: @jadeswim
About the Brand: Based in Miami, XhaleSwim was founded by Jessica Wong to create bathing suits designed to "complement, flatter, and support a woman's body." You definitely don't want to miss her reversible bikini set and tie-front one-pieces.
Where to Shop: Online at XhaleSwim
Where to Follow on Instagram: @xhaleswim
About the Brand: Supermodel Liya Kebede was inspired to start Lemlem after a trip to her native Ethiopia, during which she met a group of talented weavers with a diminishing market for their handiwork. She now employs those weavers to create each piece by hand in Africa, using natural cotton to make beautiful patterned designs.
Where to Shop: Online at Lemlem, Revolve, Shopbop, Bloomingdale's, Farfetch, Mytheresa, and Net-a-Porter
Where to Follow on Instagram: @lemlemofficial
About the Brand: Self-taught designer Marcia B. Maxwell combines structured silhouettes and clean lines to create suits that are truly one of a kind. If you want to look elegant and sophisticated as hell at the pool or beach, Marcia's got you covered.
Where to Shop: Online at MBM Swim
Where to Follow on Instagram: @mbmswim
About the Brand: All eyes are bound to be on you if you're rocking Asherah Swimwear. Founder Cheryl "Cejae" Jones uses her graphic design background to create colorful patterns for her suits, and many of the one-pieces and bikinis feature strappy detailing.
Where to Shop: Online at Asherah Swimwear
Where to Follow on Instagram: @asherahswimwear
Keva J Swimwear
About the Brand: Keva Johnson's eponymous brand promises "unique styles with an impeccable fit," and she delivers on that promise. She offers an impressively wide range of swimwear, from high-waist bikinis and neon cutout monokinis to printed two-pieces with straps galore.
Where to Shop: Online at Keva J Swimwear
Where to Follow on Instagram: @kevajswimwear
About the Brand: Ever since 2016, Riot Swim founder Monti Landers has been blessing the world with sleek and chic swimwear we can't get enough of. Some designs are belted, while other are high-waisted or feature cutouts. Her bestseller? The Echo One-Piece, which boasts a plunging neckline, ruched midsection, and cheeky backside.
Where to Shop: Online at Riot Swim
Where to Follow on Instagram: @riotswim
About the Brand: Founder and creative director Arielle Baril launched Rielli while simultaneously pursuing a degree in international business. She makes each piece by hand herself and can ship items worldwide. If you're a fan of ribbed swimwear, Rielli's got plenty of options.
Where to Shop: Online at Rielli
Where to Follow on Instagram: @riellibrand
About the Brand: Designer Gionna Nicole founded New York City-based Avid Swim in 2010 and has been cranking out suits with fun prints and cool cuts ever since. Committed to sustainability, the brand works with manufacturers that sell eco-friendly fabrics and use low-impact dyes.
Where to Shop: Online at Avid Swim
Where to Follow on Instagram: @avidswim
About the Brand: Sixtwentyone Swim is a nod to founder Christie Harridon's Jamaican culture. Her Afro-Caribbean-inspired swimwear and resort wear are ethically made in Jamaica. We've personally got our eyes on the brand's animal-print two-piece set and mesh cutout monokinis.
Where to Shop: Online at Sixtwentyone Swim
Where to Follow on Instagram: @sixtwentyoneswim