As we look to support Black-owned businesses to show our solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, summer is coming in strong. Whether you have a post-quarantine getaway planned or are just lounging around by your pool this summer, you’ll need something to wear. Check out these seven Black-owned swimsuit brands if you’re in the market for a new suit. From gorgeous structured bikinis to comfy one-pieces to sustainability made beachwear, you’ll find something for everyone here.
More than Swim
Owned by UK designer Sandra Pamela Palmer, More than Swim creates comfortable, long lasting, eco-friendly swimsuits for both men and women. Her suits are handmade to order, size inclusive, and come in a range of chic animal prints. Palmer believes swimwear should be both functional and sustainable. She even donates a portion of each sale to Plastic Oceans UK, an organization aiming to reduce plastic pollution in oceans through education and business partnerships.
The luxury label established just last year has already made a name for itself in the sustainable swimwear sphere. Founder Arielle Baril uses a flattering crinkle-cut ribbed fabric to make stylish, guilt-free swimwear. They make each suit to order ethically in Florida, taking their time and using only high-quality materials.
Owned by Nigerian designer Dumebi Iyamah, Andrea Iyamah makes standout luxury swimwear and resort wear. Inspired by the vibrant colors and unique cuts of African fashion, the brand makes stunning bikinis, one-pieces, and robes with attention to detail and sillouettes you won’t find anywhere else.
When supermodel Liya Kebede visited her native Ethiopia, she was inspired to start lemlem, a collection of artisanal clothing and home goods made in Africa. With an exceptional swimwear collection, lemlem aims to increase jobs and production across Africa. Their beachwear features a huge range of breezy, boho-like bikinis and one-pieces, in dreamy colors like tangerine, pale pink, sky blue, and olive.
Specializing in plus-sized swimsuits with fabulous eye-catching prints, Nakimuli also carries a range of clothing, accessories, outwear, and facemasks. Owner Tennille McMillan designs clothing for women of all sizes and her style inspires “individuality, comfort, and lots of fierceness.”
Jamaican-born Chantel Davis has perfected the art of the one-piece maillot suit. After years of working as a swimsuit model, Davis knows a thing or two about designing contoured women’s swimsuits that are both flattering and comfortable. Her chic maillots are classic, luxurious, and timeless.
Marcia B. Maxwell
Marcia B. Maxwell incorporates structured silhouettes and clean lines into her untraditional swimwear, making suits that are original, attention-grabbing, and sexy. With both one- and two-piece options, you’ll be able to find the perfect standout piece for your next getaway.