Every one who knows me knows, swimwear is one of my favorites outfits and that i never pass up an opportunity to slip into a sexy bikini or swimsuit and chill by the pool or take a walk on the beach. In view of that, i love to shop a variety of beach / swimwear pieces because of my fav hangout spots.
So right now i’m going share with you 12 Africa swimwear brands, in no particular order, whose pieces you should totally rock all year round ( thank God for our year long summer climate!).
ANDREA IYAMAH, Nigeria / Canada
I am such a huge fan! I won’t be me if I didn’t have a few of her pieces in my wardrobe. The brand is owned by Nigerian designer based in Canada, her pieces are breathtaking, sexy and detailed, while her lookbooks oh so creative.
AYANAH, Tanzania / France
The brand is created by three sisters of French of African descents (Tanzania) . They are inspired by Africa and diversity of their cultural heritage. This swimwear brand has art at the heart of their creative process.
Kamokini is another major brand in the swimwear space and it is owned by Nigerian, Kambili Okonkwo who designs her pieces bearing in mind what real women expect from swimsuits – affordable, form flattering and fashionable.
ZUBAIDA ZANG, Nigeria / Canada
This swimwear brand is owned by a Canadian-Nigerian designer who creates signature swimwear using earthy tones and prints.
Okun is an Africa-inspired beachwear brand for men. It means “Ocean” in Yoruba. Okun’s brand aesthetics includes the use of traditional and vibrant African prints from across the continent.
RUE 107, Haiti / New York
Get in here curvy ladies! Rue 107 is just what you need. Elegant, sexy and stylish, this swimwear brand is founded by Haitian-born New Yorker, Marie-Jean Baptiste and it caters to curvy/plus sized women through its variety of swimwear designs ranging from modern chic, vintage and fun patterns.
AYA MORRISON, Ghana
Self-proclaimed as one of the pioneer brands in African printed jerseys, the brand has positioned itself on this niche for a few years now and is showing a lot of creativity at this level.
The brand co-founded by Nigerian, Bukola is all about creating super-sexy, ﬂattering designs with awesome colors & prints. Bfyne’s debuted collection involved the use of African print Kente to create sexy swimwear pieces.
NANA WAX, Benin / South Africa
The brand who started off as a fashion brand that incorporated African prints into all its designs soon branched into swimwear and now has carved a niche for herself there. South African super star, Bonang Matheba was recently photographed wearing her piece.
The Canadian based label owned by Tehilah Abakasanga taps into her African heritage as she employs the use wax prints to create a swimwear that include, bodysuit, bikinis, kimonos more.
Owned by of Brooklyn designer, Tennille McMillian, this swimwear line that offers eclectic prints and array of styles. However, their most unique feature is that their pieces run in plus sizes and so perfect for curvy girls.
RED STAR COLLECTIVE, Ghana
Fondly called KenteKini, the swimwear range is made with the traditional Ghanaian fabric known as Kente. It embodies the African cultural heritage and also caters for different body sizes.