Jamaican Fashion Designer – Custom Swimwear by Solaris
I’m in a bikini! Ha! I’m stylin’ too. Can’t touch this *does the hammer dance*
The last time I was in a bikini I was soooooo self-conscious. And I was smaller than I am now too. But I love me so much more right now I’m like, if you don’t like what you see you better look away cause that ain’t my problem!
So time and time again as a fashion blogger people ask me for fashion advice. One of the ever popular questions? Where to get swimsuits in Jamaica, especially for the plus size body. I honestly didn’t know where to send these people so I did what everybody else would do. I asked twitter.
One such time, a friend of Jamaican fashion designer Jodi Swack mentioned to me that Jodi may be able to help. I reached out to her and it turned out she knew of and was an avid reader of my blog! I thought that was so cool. I asked her if she had anything in stock that I could feature on my blog but she said that she makes most of her plus size swimsuits custom so that it fits the body right. She graciously offered to make one for me and I was really excited!
I immediately thought I would get a monokini cause it’s safe for a body type like mine. But I already have a mono and even though I do need another, I already knew how it would look on me and wanted to venture out in a different kind of design. The next best safe design I could think of was a high-waist, vintage-inspired cut that would conceal the stretch marks and the work-in-progress tummy. Jodi quickly drew something up based on that and I could see that she really had this design thing down! She suggested the colour red for me and I never back away from colours so I loved it. I’m not sure I’m crazy about the top, it’s hard to find something that can truly hold these puppies in but overall I love my new swimsuit.
I had a quick chat with Jodi and her mom Christene who actually puts the pieces together, here’s what they had to say:
1. How long have you been designing swimwear?
We have been designing since 2006, however Solaris Swimwear officially started in the summer of 2007 . The idea first came around when my mother and I were shopping for bikinis for a trip I had the following morning. We spent the whole day in the blistering heat running around trying to find a good looking swimsuit that fit my body (I have a larger top than bottom) but failed miserably. Desperate, I realised that mom, a dressmaker of over 30+ years was standing beside me! I decided to annoy her to make one for me ( she had never even had the notion to make one before),my logic was, if she could sew a wedding dress, why not a swimsuit? So we went to the fabric store picked out a beautiful piece of fabric and I went home and sketched the swimsuit I had in mind. The rest was history, I wore the swimsuit around my friends, they loved it wanted their own and it grew from there.
2. Do you offer any ready-to-wear pieces or is it all done-to-order?
Yes, Solaris Swimwear does offer ready-to-wear pieces but currently we produce them in small quantities. Intitally we had begun with the idea of just custom-made designs archetectured around each customer’s body, however as we’ve grown, we do see the need to make available more ready-to-wear peices and we are currently working to address it.
3. What would something like mine cost?
One of our main principles of the business is to maintain affordable prices for swimsuits, we try to range our prices between $2500 to about $4000. Your swimsuit for example would cost about, $3200.00
4. What’s the vision for Solaris Swimwear? Where would you like to take the business in the next 5 years?
In 5 years, we hope to have gained a larger percentage of the beachwear market, for us this would mean making our swimsuits more accessible through multiple boutiques as well as making our designs available in tourist areas. Promoting “Buy Jamaica” is also important to us, with this in mind we are striving to produce quality swimwear that can stand out in our local markets against foreign made beachwear.
A few more pics of me in my new Solaris Swimsuit, holla at them for something custom!
Thing is, I was trying my darndest to push out my baxide so I didn’t look so damn flat but boy…..there’s no denying that I may be president of club #noassatall
I love the idea of custom swimwear – shopping for bathing suits is always such a hassle for so many women, so this is great! I’m always willing to spend the money to get quality pieces that fit me perfectly, and having something unique makes it even better!
And GO ‘HEAD girl! Love your confidence!
thanks Bee! Custom swimwear is a must as it’s something that’s second skin! lol
It is good when you can get custom designed swimsuits and well made too. I am having a recent dilemma, I am pregnant and would like to still fit in a swimsuit. My boobs have grown a couple cups sizes so my bikini tops dont fit, but the bottoms still do. So that is def. a service I would love to get….think I may just call up Solaris to see what they can do. 🙂 Thanks IrieDiva…..Loving the skin we are in 🙂
Thanks for stopping by Stacy! I need to hit you up too want to feature those cute little pop up creations! And yes girl it’s our only skin gotta love it and take care of it!
I love this:
if you don’t like what you see you better look away cause that ain’t my problem!
Still trying to love me more.
Thanks for sharing!! I have always had an issue with swimsuits…if I do find one that fits my bottom then the top is way too small for overflowing self!!!! Will definitely call up on Solaris for help!!
so true we top heavy sistahs always have a prob lol
Way to go Irie!
Another great place to get custom swimwear is Loran V Swimwear. I always get mines there and they are fab!
Thanks Tams I’ve been meaning to check out Loran V too!
maybe u can borrow some of munchkin’s backside… clearly munchkin got the bumpa or is that a diaper butt in that pic? lol.
lol its def a diaper but funny enuf she has quite a round bump aye sah
I hate that whoever I lose a few llbs even five llbs it goes from my butt first!!!! Then my thighs, Arms and tummy last!!!! I only want to firm up the tummy dammit!!’
Irie, i just really really love you ‘self-love” attitude. You have always been like this deep down inside, especially from those unusual clothing designs and up-dos that you wore. I still have that bolero, sweater, hang low back thingy that you made for me…lol Yea it didnt have a name… or did it? keep on keeping on girl, i admire you.
lol thanks!!! you’re right i was always like this and something was holding me back…funny how that works huh
oh and it name shrug LOL i still have a few mi a wait for them to come back around hehe