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In production, a small batch run is typically used to describe a collection that is exclusive & limited. All Tai Swim Co collections are between 150-300 units, creating minimal impact on the earth while using as little non-renewable energy sources as possible. The exclusivity keeps Tai Swim Co special, & opens the doors for better feedback & on-trend adaptability.
Tai Swim Co started with a love for an active ocean lifestyle & a need for finding the perfect, affordable bikini that can seamlessly transition from hiking trails to sandy shores. As a little girl, it was always impossible for Tai to find a suit that met all her needs practically & financially. Tai Swim Co is for every girl who wants designer quality & functional fits without spending a whole paycheck.
We are a small-batch, woman-owned designer swim brand born in Hawai'i & based on O'ahu. We make minimal quantities of sets to reduce environmental impact, maintain exclusivity & adapt to changing trends. All of our prints are hand-drawn, we use organic recycled non-toxic fabric, plant-based dyes, compostable packaging, & no hardware. Those are our biggest selling points as they cater to those who love to be in constant motion. A Tai Swim Co suit can be relied on for years to come - without corrosion in the hardware or deterioration in the fabric. Our suits are priced below competitors who charge over $200 for one piece, while still maintaining the highest manufacturing quality, sustainable sourcing, unique hand-drawn designs & ethical production.
No greenwashing here! These are the facts: Tai Swim Co sews with REPREVE & ECONYL solutions. Both are high quality fabrics brands that turn regenerated nylon/recycled plastic bottles into usable fibers for thousands of apparel & furniture companies. Tai Swim Co uses non-toxic natural dyes made from minerals & plants (not synthetic chemicals) in all our swimwear. When you rinse your suit in the shower, nothing harmful goes down the drain. All our tags are recyclable & have been given second lives. Our packaging is made from post-consumer waste. The shipping mailers we use are 100% compostable & biodegradable. We distribute mostly locally to reduce the pollution created from traveling by car or plane for shipping. The owner Tai has been known to walk her dogs or ride her bike carrying swim orders to customers around Kailua.
Tai Swim Co is small batch, & keeps a low carbon footprint by creating a minimally harmful impact on our planet. A Tai Swim Co suit will last forever, thus eliminating the need for constant replacement. By not contributing to planned obsolescence, a Tai Swim Co suit will always be the best option compared to what else is out there. Our production quantities consist of less than 10-15 of each size for all styles. The swimwear industry is horribly unsustainable, & every effort counts toward manufacturing ethically, cutting down on water/energy usage & striving to use fabric made from biodegradable/recycled fibers. We're working on being better every day.
Yes, Tai Swim Co is proud to be a 100% vegan company. In her personal life, the owner Tai has been plant-based for almost a decade & grows most of her own food at home on O'ahu. She lives in a plastic-free home, & prefers walking over driving any day. A minimalist, Tai rarely shops for anything new - sourcing vintage & second hand styles only. Everything in her home is vegan, non-toxic & cruelty free. She does not wear makeup of any kind, & has been known to make her own hygienic products like deodorant & toothpaste. If you'd like to dive into the lifestyle that surrounds Tai Swim Co & our deeper core values & history, check out the About page.
Tai Swim Co's largest collections launch 2-3 times per year, in the early summer & late fall with small capsule collections launching every few months. Sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know about collection drops.
Our primary models are our ambassadors & customers. We are always looking for new faces to rock Tai Swim Co. Send us an email at email@example.com or reach out via Instagram DM.
Not really. Tai Swim Co bikinis feature brazilian style, cheeky & thong cuts. It's our specialty & we are experts in it! With that in mind, our styles tend to be cheekier than most. While we do not specialize in full coverage bottoms, we do offer more modest pieces like the Lindsay Bottoms & Mahea One Piece. We are constantly improving & looking for feedback, so if you have any style suggestions or want to see more of something, let us know!
If you're in-between sizes, we recommend sizing up. Although our suits run true to size, they feature sporty cuts & are very cheeky. While this can provide maximum support while playing in the water, the suits often feel tighter or smaller than normal. Our size guide is the best place to find your perfect fit. You can also take our Bikini Quiz here!
Your Tai Swim Co size will likely be very similar to your favorite tight-fitting sports-bra or workout shorts. All Tai Swim fits true to size, & on the cheekier side for bottoms. See our size guide for more info.
Yes. Tai Swim Co suits run very true to size & will have a sporty/cheeky fit. They run on the more secure side to keep up with an active water lifestyle. See our size guide to find the perfect fit for you.
During our peak seasons, all Tai Swim Co deliveries will be shipped out on time as always, most likely same or next day. We are lucky to operate a very small production here at Tai Swim Co, therefore order packing & management is a very fun & exciting part of our-day-to-day. Should you need an item to arrive faster than normal, please purchase an expedited shipping option at checkout. If you have any questions about delivery times, check out our shipping policy or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for specific shipping locations.
We want you to absolutely love the feel of your suit & we are happy to accept unworn exchanges not purchased on sale within 30 days. Please see our exchange policy here.
All items leave the Tai Swim Co office in perfect condition. In the unlikely event that your suit was damaged in transit, please reach out to the shipping carrier on your package & file a claim. Tai Swim Co is not responsible for items damaged in transit. We always recommend selecting our shipping options with insurance.
Your order should arrive no later than 14 days after you have made the purchase in the USA. Average orders in Hawai'i arrive after 5 days, & in the contiguous United States, about a week and a half. Your order will be shipped out within two business days. Please see our Shipping Policy for more info.
Production + Care
We recommend taking it right into the shower with you after the beach! Or washing with cold water in the sink always works too. Do not put your Tai Swim Co bikini (or any bikini for that matter) in the washing machine, EVER. Avoiding the washer will keep your suit looking new for years to come. For the cutest sharable infographic on bikini care, check out our how to guide on washing your bikini.
Tai Swim Co suits are double lined & made from durable recycled nylon/spandex that does not require padding for most tops. The tightness & sporty cut makes padding unnecessary. A few of our sports bra tops come with removable padding.
Unfortunately, no. Tai Swim Co suits are very limited & small batch. Once something is sold out, it’s gone for good. The best way to find out about potential restocks is to sign up for our newsletter. Additionally, we give lots of bikinis to our retailers who might have our pieces in stock still.
In 2019, our first handmade collection was produced in Hawai'i. Today, our bikini samples & pre-production designs are hand-sewn by Tai on Oahu in Hawai’i. For bulk production (final collection launches), we make those bikinis & accessories at our small, family-owned manufacturers in Canggu, Indonesia & Foshan, PRC. We make these bikinis & accessories off the island to ensure on-time collection drops, highest manufacturing quality & ethically responsible production.
It's simply THE BEST! It means that there isn't that uncomfortable strip of spandex digging into your skin when you're wearing your bikini. There is no visible seam from the inside or outside of the bikini for most styles. This also makes most of our swimwear reversible. If you accidentally wear it inside out, nobody will notice! If you have never tried a suit with seamless stitching, it's time to upgrade your 'kini!
For the most part, yes. Tai Swim Co suits all feature seamless stitching, so the suit can be reversed in many ways. This makes the bikini much more comfortable than the average swimsuit. Some suits reverse to a different color or print allowing for multiple looks in one beach day.