In 2011, as a 24-year-old pattern-maker and designer with an NYC fashion degree, I naively embarked on the journey of my lifetime. I signed on the line and was handed keys to my own storefront on Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach, California.
I worked day in and day out for six years with women from around the world. Our 2200 SF retail space was open and inviting for any woman to come and face her swimsuit fears. In fact, in an article in Coastal Living magazine, BeachCandy was named a “swimsuit sanctuary.”
After a lifetime of feeling anxious in a swimsuit with my insecurities exposed to the world, my dream had finally come to life. Women would make an appointment to come from far and wide to create their ideas of perfect swimwear designs with us. I fearlessly built a business and brand to shelter women from the anxiety swimwear can cause.
Did you know BeachCandy is one of the top sustainable swimwear brands? We even offer a repair program to reduce waste.
Aware of the lack of quality in an entire industry, I have always led with a "quality over everything" purpose. I am not another fashion designer with a big ego demanding the public follow my trends, but rather a designer/patternmaker, ready to listen and create with our customer as our muse to make inspired swimwear, season after season.
It has now been 11 years in business. BeachCandy is exclusively available online collected by women around the world.
I have been married for 5+ years to a beautiful soul (Ryan) who I met directly on my BeachCandy path. We have a scruffy little rescue dog named Tiki Bon Bon with the energy of the great Buddha, appearing often on our Tik Tok channel. And recently, after years of misdiagnosis, we have come to find I have a spinal autoimmune disease which I have led into remission by non-toxic living.
As time passed, the brand has always evolved: from a large flagship retail store on PCH (6 years) to a showroom by appointment only (4 years), to today, with an exclusively online presence.
In 2020, we decided to take the decade-plus of fitting room feedback from women everywhere and offer our famous high quality swimwear line to the world online, exclusively. We launched the "Real Women Shine" podcast, worked to connect deeply through our social platforms, and built authentic intimate communities through the internet.
This begs the internal question for me: what is next for BeachCandy?
It has been 11 long wonderful years of dedication and mastery of the swimsuit. But I find myself yearning for a new chapter, one that inspires me further along our brand journey.
After my recent diagnosis with Ankylosing Spondylitis, I have come to study the root causes of autoimmune disease, learning that the toxicity and stress levels in our world today are at the helm. Toxicity awareness has spun me onto my next unshakable chapter with the BeachCandy brand.
And as one of my most learned lessons in business, it is time to face the unknown (i.e., get outside of our comfort zone) and reshape the very existence of BeachCandy to a whole new vibration with living fibers and high frequency fabrics.
My vision? I imagine wrapping our customers in fashion that holds a life force poolside.
This is not an attempt to turn recycled materials, recycled plastics, recycled nylon, or plastic bottles into garments. I am disgusted by the abusive plastic in our oceans, in our foods, and on our bodies.
Photo by Daria Shevtsova.
Therefore, with this vision, everything must go to make room for a new, life-giving, eco-friendly brand to emerge. This is the beauty of being an autonomous 100% woman-owned business. I have never sold any piece of BeachCandy to the greedy conglomerates of the world. To do so, would be to sell out my life’s work and one of the only quality swimsuit havens for women in the world today.
In order to reshape our brand from the ground up, it is time to take a break from the day to day routines of running a business and go for a walkabout. I am in search of inspiration and an old world way of making clothing ethically and with love.
The ancient techniques of dress and the art of Ayurveda healing in India has always called to me and it is finally time to go.
This fall, we will be headed into the unknown armed with the belief that there must be a better way. The fashion industry is such a large contributor to the toxicity in our world today. And although BeachCandy has always remained ethical and sustainable in all our practices, there is more to be done.
Exactly what that looks like will unfold into the coming months as I bring you with us on our journey documenting each experience along the way.
So now that you know my truth, everything must go for a NEW BeachCandy to emerge. We welcome you to shop as much as you like, as every style our brand offers online now will be discontinued as we head into 2023.
Just as a butterfly goes through metamorphosis, it is time to rest, take a breath after 11 years in business, and re-emerge more beautiful and ornate than ever before.
Love and light,
SHOP OUR TOP 10 BESTSELLING BEACHCANDY STYLES SINCE 2011
ALEXA Triangle Bikini Top + ALEXA String Bikini Bottom
This classic string bikini has been with us since day one. It's adored by just about every bikini-lovin’ BeachCandy babe and collected in every color. The support of this high quality triangle top is truly as high functioning as your favorite bra. Size inclusive and available up to E-cup. If you love the idea of a secure, sturdy string bikini this one’s for you.
JENNA Handkerchief Tankini Top + CATIE Tie Side Bikini Bottoms
The JENNA handkerchief is one of our most beloved styles as it provides perfect tummy coverage and a secure strapless fit. Complete with a double-lined secure shelf bra and pockets for optional padding.
ELYSIA Slimming One Piece Swimsuit
Inspired years ago by a customer’s ideal one piece swimsuit concept. This style has a secure, supportive plunge neckline, ruched waist, high cut leg, and a moderate back scoop to conceal and slim the back, plus adjustable straps to suit short or long torsos.
SOPHIA Ruffle Tankini
After years of making tankini swim styles, this piece has emerged to save the day. Incredibly supportive with a lightweight breezy ruffle over the belly for a freedom feel while having full coverage. A swimsuit should never feel constricting as that would defeat the whole purpose of relaxing beachside.
FRIDA Wrap Cover Up Dress
This wrap dress was inspired by the iconic Frida Kahlo. Complete with a flared ruffle hemline and graceful wrap around design, this is the cover up for those of us who like to make a statement poolside.
HALLE Corset Bikini Top + HALLE Lace Up Bikini Bottom
Inspired by a sporty customer’s request, this swimsuit is ideal for paddleboarding, snorkeling, or just play with your kids, care-free. Thick, well-made, and iconic, the HALLE will change the way you feel in a swimsuit.
RACHEL Halter Bikini Top
Another incredibly supportive top and our largest cut E-cup for our busty mamas out there. This style is simply one of my staples, season after season. The firm fit, secure cleavage, and sparkling Candy sliders make this style a timeless piece you will cherish forever.
SAMANTHA Sexy One Piece Swimsuit
Last but certainly not least, the SAMANTHA sexy one piece swimsuit. Cut to perfection, you can rock this style as a bodysuit or swimsuit with confidence. I personally wear this style in every color and can’t get enough of the worry-free fit. I recently wore this as a bodysuit to a BC pop-up event and never had to adjust myself once as I worked tirelessly with our clientele.
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