Summer is only a couple of weeks away and now is the time to make sure you’ve got that perfect fit to lay out by the pool, beachside or water park if that’s your thing. Here are a few amazing black swimwear designers you should definitely check when crafting your looks for summer 2K15:
I came across Zubaida’s designs a couple of weeks ago on tumblr and was literally blown away. The Canadian-Nigerian designer has crafted a signature swimwear line that will pop in any crowd. That 90s-style copper one-piece has me checking for the next flight out to Aruba.
Another Canadian-Nigerian designer to look out for is Andrea Iyamah. I’ve followed Iyamah’s designs for a few years now since first discovering her 2013 swim lookbook on the net (tumblr- yes, I spend loads of time there). This line is a favorite of Angela Simmons.
Nakimuli is a line that brings eclectic prints and styles front and center. Chances are you might have heard of this brand before or at least seen their super cool lookbooks. Nakimuli is the brainchild of Brooklyn designer, Tennille McMillan.
Monif C is THE brand to turn to for contemporary ready-to-wear plus-size clothing. Her Marilyn Convertible dress has the game on lock. Now, Monif C. is quickly becoming the brand to watch for swimwear. The beauty and brains behind the whole line is founder and CEO, Monif Clarke.
Rue 107 is another brand that caters to curves without sacrificing the effortlessly chic beach look. From cute cheeky patterns to classic vintage-inspired cuts, their swimwear line has it all. Founded by Haitian-born New Yorker, Marie-Jean Baptiste.
Kamokini was founded by Nigerian designer Kambili Ofili-Okonkwo after she couldn’t find stylish bikinis at high street prices. With the brightly colored Kamokini line, you are guaranteed to stand out.
Bantu is heralded as Africa’s original surf and beachwear brand. The Ethiopian brand is headed by Yodit Eklund. Their sustainable and fair business model has allowed many for local African vendors to have their creations in stores such as J.Crew, Barney’s and Saks. Their prints are always on trend and this is definitely a brand to splurge on if you have the extra coin.
Have you heard of any of these swimwear lines before? Are there any other black swimwear designers we should check for? Which of these designs would you try?