To create dream bikinis that are high-quality, affordable and functional.
Tai grew up dreaming of the perfect bikini. A second-skin fit that morphs into your body, made from high quality materials at a fair price. She waited, & while trendy swimwear styles came & went, she found herself always waiting for them to go on sale, or struggled to find a suit to meet all her needs. Tai Swim is created for the island girl who needs her dream bikini now, not just after Black Friday. The perfect bikini does exist, & Tai found it when she designed her own line at 23.
Tai grew up on the Big Island of Hawai’i, where she has been in a bikini ever since she can remember. She learned to surf, was taught to dance hula, & spent all her free time playing in the sand. Being fully immersed in a culture that revolved around the ocean, a bikini was necessary at all times. As a little girl, her fondest memories begin & end with swimwear.
As she got older, she could always be found digging through drawers of her friends collections, constantly tracking down sample sales & trunk shows from her favorite local designers, & even creating pieces of her own for her friends in high school.
Tai attended ‘Iolani School on Oahu, where she was fortunate enough to learn from some of the best teachers, artists & designers in their field. Her design career brought her all the way to New York City, where she attended Parsons The New School for Design. There, Tai was able to combine her love of fashion, swimwear & art with her natural affinity for business & merchandising. After spending almost ten years in the fashion design field prior to launching her own brand at 23, Tai Swim took off.
In Tai's personal life, her love and care for the planet started at birth on the Big Island of Hawai'i. Surrounded by lava flows & the untouched beauty of these islands, she learned very quickly that your duty is to care for the land that cares for you. Incorporating these values into her swimwear line started on day one. Tai has been 100% vegan for years & shops at local farms on Oahu. She lives in a plastic-free home, & bikes to work every day. A conservationist & forever a minimalist, Tai rarely shops for anything new -- preferring vintage & second hand styles over fast fashion. Everything in her home is vegan, non-toxic & cruelty-free. Tai's favorite candles & home accessories are all hand-poured & made locally by her friends. She does not wear makeup of any kind, & has been known to make her own hygienic products including deodorant, shampoo & toothpaste.
Designing sustainably is not difficult, & Tai has taken the steps to keep her brand as eco-friendly as can be. Having a swimwear brand is inherently, not sustainable. Creating something that doesn't need to be made goes against the very definition of environmental care. Tai understands this deeply, so whether it's creating suits in very small batches, sewing scrunchies from extra swim fabric, shipping with compostable mailers or using fabric dye made from plants, a bikini from Tai Swim will always be the better option compared to what else is out there.
Nowadays, Tai can be found navigating the world looking for new fabric swatches, finding design inspiration in nature & innovating the latest trendy bikini styles. But, she can just as likely be found at a farmer's market on a sunny island day or lounging on her favorite beaches on Oahu's windward side.