7 Badass Black-Owned Swimsuit Lines of 2020

7 black-owned melanin magic goddess swimsuit lines.

Shopping with smaller black owned companies has skyrocketed to an all time high this past year and Culture Fuzz has put together a list of 7 of the most alluring and stylish swimsuit lines that are black owned.

The style of swimwear has changed dramatically over the years and their no longer made just for soaking up the summertime rays.

Particularly black owned swimsuit shops and black owned swimsuit brands have taken the everyday suit and incorporated culture, patterns, silhouettes and versatility.

From an array of melanin friendly nude tones to ethnically inspired colors and patterns guaranteed to add a little somethin’ somethin’ to almost any outfit.

1. MINT SWIM

Mint Swim was founded in 2012 by business boss lady mogul Draya Michele. Starting out as one of the early stars for VH1’s Basketball Wives, Draya took her earnings and began investing into herself.

The rest is history…

Mint Swim was one of the first black-owned swimsuit lines that sort of blazed the trail for socially conscious fashion brands. Draya shed a light on the importance of inclusiveness for women of color.

Mint Swim literally has styles for all body types.

These bathing suits are oozing with aesthetic and versatility that can be rocked in so many ways.

Whether it’s lounging by the pool or putting something together for the club this is definitely a swimsuit line that I can get behind…

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2. Swim by RUE107

This black-owned swimsuit company was founded by the gorgeous Marie-Jean Baptiste who was born on the culturally rich and beautiful island of Haiti. A lot of the RUE107 designs are inspired by the vibrant Creole colors that are a staple in her culture and the results are to die for.

The swimsuits by RUE107 are simple with their cuts and shapes but the jubilant colors and mindfully placed touches of design, like a small shoulder cap or off the shoulder ruffles, allow women from a small to a tall, to express themselves through a variety of choices and styles.

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3. Nakimuli

Nakimuli Swimwear eccentric and beautiful black-owned swimsuit line that was established in late 2009 by designer/ owner and all that is Black Girl Magic, Tennille McMillan.

A Brooklyn native, McMillan was labeled by her peers as “the weird one” due to her unique choice of threads.

Using that label as inspired action she taught herself how to sew post graduating high school at the tender age of 16.

Okay… can we all scream Black Girl Magic please?

She began to make clothes/ costumes for her family members and fellow dance students at Hunter College.

This queen has had her designs rocked by the queen herself Erykah Badu and continues to create designs for her to this day.

You can also see her work on the likes of Eva Marcille, Jill Scott, Danielle Brooks, Jazmine Sullivan and Merrill of TuneYards.

Commoners like myself are able to take some of that essence in her swimsuit line that is dripping with style.

4. Monif C.

Moinif C. is a black-owned, plus-sized fashion brand that was founded by two melanin goddesses who are actually mother and daughter. Monif Clarke and Elaine Clarke seem to have captured the very essence of black girl magic.

Geared directly towards full figured women the cuts and designs of Monif C. have managed to compliment the everyday woman’s silhouette perfectly.

5. Andrea Iyamah

Andrea Iyamah (A.I.) is a black-owned swimsuit line that was inspired by Andrea’s flare for fashion and the arts. Killing it with her tailoring skills and being self taught in the world of fashion she gave all gas and no brakes when birthing A.I. at the tender age of 17. (2013)

Andrea Iyamah has become a household name when talking about black-owned swimsuit lines and her eccentric take on the aqua classic thread is refreshing with the use of vibrant colors and unique cuts that are inspired by a range of African cultures and African heritage.

Since 2011, Andrea Iyamah has focused on selling ethnicity with a modern twist while maintaining its attention to detail.

Let Andrea Iyamah be a part of your next tropical getaway…

6. B FYNE

B Fyne is a black-owned swimsuit brand founded by Buki Ade.

Buki Ade is a melanin goddess and fashion designer born and raised in Nigeria with her family emigrated to the US when she was 8 years old.

While on vacation, Buki became disappointed by the lack of diversity in the swimsuit lines on the market and none of the designs spoke to her Afrocentric style she wanted to represent.

First debuting her collection in 2013, Buki Ade has continue to take the black owned swimsuit industry by storm.

7. Asherah Swimwear

We find this black owned swimwear line on Instagram.

Asherah Swimwear was founded by creative director and lead designer Cheryl “Cejae” Jones.

Cheryl strives to create originality with a seductive flair.

Keeping in mind the natural shape of the female silhouette while also utilizing her graphic design background to fabricate one-of-kind designs.

Based out of Dallas, Texas this affordable black owned swimwear brand will have you feeling like the melanin goddess you are night and day.

BLACK-OWNED SWIMSUIT LINE RECAP

There you have it ladies n gents.

  1. Mint Swim
  2. Swim by Rue107
  3. Nakimuli
  4. Monif C.
  5. Andrea Iyamah
  6. B Fyne
  7. Asherah

7 versatile, amazing, black girl majestic, black-owned swimsuit lines that will be sure to flatter any silhouette.

It’s important to support smaller businesses ESPECIALLY ones owned and operated by melanin goddesses who have to work twice as hard just to get the same recognition.

Hope you find something you like amongst these 7 amazing black owned swimsuit lines.

Rissa SoFar
Rissa SoFar

Rissa SoFar

Rissa SoFar is a lover of building bridges and creating a safe space for people to have important conversations. As the founder and creator of Culture Fuzz, Rissa works to bridge the gap to people, places, products and ideas will surely make a quality difference in your life.

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