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6 Black-Owned African-Inspired Swimwear Brands!

It’s almost time to ditch your spring coats for swimsuits! Recently, we put the spotlight on the kentekini and dashikini — bikini’s and swimsuits featuring beautiful African-inspired fabrics. Today, we’re going to tell you where you purchase the look. Here are 6 online stores that sell African-inspired swimwear.



Bantu Wax is an Ethiopian based swimwear line that stays true to its roots. The company works exclusively with local artisans and vendors in Africa in order to produce quality product. The line proudly caters to surfers, nomads, and the Afro-punk crowd.

RS Collective 


This line is probably the reason people can’t get enough of the kentekini. The line has swimwear for women and babies.

A Beautiful Piece By Harmony

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This gorgeous swimwear line was created by Harmony Rutland-English after she graduated from college. Her goal is to increase the line’s online presence, while making it available in fashion forward boutiques nationwide.



Llulo is another African based brand that stays true to their roots. According to their website, the brand pays homage to Africa and its people by connecting fashion and lifestyle consumers around the globe. Llulo uses Ankara fabrics and other cultural influences in their swimwear line.

Andrea Iyamah 


Andrea Iyamah is a clothing line that features African-inspired swimwear by Nigerian designer Dumebi Iyamah. Her swimwear line boasts an array of colorful and vibrant bikinis and intricate one-piece suits. Located in Ontario Canada, Iyamah’s line caters to women who are looking for an edgy suit for the water this summer.



This clothing line goes against the grain and takes risks with fierce fabrics and silhouettes that truly accentuate a woman’s body in the right places, but are still comfortable and wearable.

Would you rock African print swimwear?

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6 years ago

Awesome!!! They are all beautiful! I would wear it…especially the last one. I looks like a body suit!

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