When Rosanna Bermudez and Zoë de Boehmler met they didn’t know they would be designing bathing suits that would make the runways during Miami Swim Week.
But the co-founders of indieSwim have done just that growing from being in the same social circle to friends and business partners.
The women have created two labels, indieSwim and INDIE + WILD.
“We were looking for things we couldn’t find,” Bermudez said. “I was buying swimwear and cutting it and changing it.”
That was prior to 2012 when the women teamed up. de Boehmler said she was waitressing and looking for a change. She said she wanted to get into a business that her two daughters could be involved in one day.
Somehow swimwear came up and without any bathing suit design experience, the two gave the swimwear business a chance.
“We kind of went at it,” Bermudez said. “We had no idea about designing bathing suits.”
Over the next several months, the two started a label, indieSwim.
Their bathing suits are manufactured locally and everything except the fabric, which is from Italy is from the United States and locally sourced.
Based in West Palm Beach and manufactured in Miami, the two say it is important to them to have a local, hands-on business.
In 2014, their creations began to be sold wholesale. They can be found in local boutiques and major stores like Pac Sun. They can also be found in other countries like de Boehmler’s native Trinidad and Tobago as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands, Tahiti, Haiti and the Bahamas to name a few.
de Boehmler said the best part about their line is that the colors and fabrics are meant to be mixed and matched.
“You could have bought a bathing suit in 2015 and it will still match with our fabrics in 2018,” she said.
All pieces are sold as separates so you can mix and match tops and bottoms.
The duo debuted their 2018 line “Naturalist” during Miami Swim Week. It focuses on incorporating natural elements into prints.
For a list of local retailers or to order online, visit http://indieswim.com.