Local bikini brands your summer collection needs

This bikini season, skip the el cheapo Target suits, pass on the failsafe Billabong pieces and trade in for something local, high quality and totally unique.

From Delray Beach to Fort Lauderdale, small swim businesses are offering a level of customization that no brands in the current aisles have. With an attention to customization and versatility, Versakini, Casha Sol Swimwear and Jypsea Local give buyers a chance to be a part of the creative process. Check them out:


Photo by Mohammed F. Emran
Goddess Top ($64.95) and Coco Bottom ($39.95) in “Beachy Boho” | Photo by Mohammed F. Emran

Since its founding in 2015, Delray Beach’s Versakini has fashioned itself a spot as the go-to brand for the bold beach babe. Showcasing a variety of colorful, youthful and fun patterns and silhouettes, a Versakini piece offers several suits in one.

The “Goddess Top” sports over a dozen different ties, including halter, bandeau, one-shoulder and rib-cross. But the real customization comes with the fact that the little triangle at the heart of each top allows the halves be disconnected and mixed and matched. Needless to say, with a couple Versakini pieces in your swim wardrobe, you’re bound to never be an outfit repeater.

Casha Sol Swimwear

Boho Top ($30) and Boho Bottom ($28) in “Midnight Tropics” | Photo by Mohammed F. Emran

Beachwear is personal. You want to feel confident in what you’re putting on your body, and when you have a hand in the design of your suit, you get that sense of comfort. That’s what Casha Sol Swimwear is selling: the opportunity to be a designer.

The startup allows buyers to choose not only the suit style, but the fabrics. It’s then handmade by Hughes herself in Boca Raton and shipped off. The sporty-chic style makes each piece versatile, and is perfect for the minimalist yet fashionable girl who’s not afraid to get herself sandy.

Jypsea Local

Jade Monroe Top ($70) and Jade Peekaboo Bottoms ($65) | Photo by Mohammed F. Emran

Beach chic is redefined by this Fort Lauderdale company. The line offers sultry cutouts, cinching silhouettes and flirty crop tops. With a mix of classic color combos and eye-catching prints, Jypsea has something for everyone.

These pieces are meant to be shown off. Great for transitioning when paired with casual wear for a day outside, these aren’t limited to the water. Choose from their current collections, or opt for a handmade, custom piece by designer Stefanie Holtzheuser. Either way, you’re bound to look like you’ve stepped out of a magazine.