@shopsouthernsaint on IG

Each year, Miami Swim Week brings designers from all over the world together to strut their summery stuff. The 2023 event is back and runs from July 3 to July 10, with the runway shows beginning on July 5. In addition to catwalks, there will be parties, talks with industry leaders, magazine launches and so much more.

Black Business body

There’s no time of year we’re more excited for than summer, and there’s no local South Florida event that matches our passion for tropical fashion as well as Miami Swim Week does! The event will feature over 100 designers, but here are the top 6 island-inspired brands we can’t wait to see walk the runway during Miami Swim Week 2023!

Tiare Hawaii

Get ready to be transported to a tropical paradise with Tiare Hawaii. Founded in 2011 by Jane Hoskins, a travel lover based in Hawaii, this brand captures the essence of island living.

Tiare Hawaii’s bohemian, sun-kissed aesthetic is rooted in the natural beauty of Hawaii. Each piece is meticulously hand-dyed and hand-printed in Bali using traditional techniques like batik printing, adding an artisanal touch.

With their wanderlust-inducing patterns, Tiare Hawaii offers a vibrant collection that embodies a free-spirited, laid-back lifestyle.

Southern Saint

Southern Saint is a Caribbean brand founded in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. This brand is all about luxury and leisure — comfortable fabrics that you “want to live in.” 

Co-founders Matthew Ridgway, a U.S. Virgin Islands native, and Briana Casale Cox combine a classic island look with a particularly nautical flair. They pride themselves on sourcing materials responsibly, which includes using recycled materials. 

With their commitment to sustainability, Southern Saint captures the delicate balance between carefree island life and ecological consciousness. They’re one of the most promising Caribbean swimwear designers to keep an eye on, even beyond Swim Week.

Agua Bendita

Agua Bendita was founded in 2003 by best friends and Colombian natives Mariana Hinestroza and Catalina Álvarez. In 2007, they became one of the first Colombian companies to export local fashion. They now have a presence in over 50 countries!

The brand’s signature look involves bright colors and bold, beachy patterns. They continue to impress with swimwear that is feminine, as well as having expanded to include men’s swimwear. 

Hand-crafted by local Colombian artisan women, each Agua Bendita piece tells a story of tradition, artistry and empowerment.

Viosa Collection

Having been launched in 2020, Viosa Collection is a very new brand but definitely not one to be underestimated. After all, it made its way to Miami Swim Week in just three years!

A local Miami design brand, Viosa Collection is young and dynamic. It was founded by Aliey Martin, who also works as a fitness trainer and is a published fitness model.

Viosa Collection releases both swimwear and athleisure, both in sexy designs and various styles, ranging from sleek and minimal to beachy and tropical.

Yami Swimwear

Attendees of any body type will feel inspired to celebrate body positivity after seeing Yami Swimwear at Miami Swim Week. 

This Israeli brand was founded out of a need for local plus-size swimwear and lingerie. They offer tasteful florals and playful patterns in island-inspired tones, making you feel as good as you look.

While the focus is on plus-size fashion, Yami Swimwear provides options for a wide range of sizes.


Dive into the enchanting world of Maaji, a Colombian brand founded in the city of Medellin where the founders grew up. 

Perhaps because they’re sisters, Manuela and Amalia Sierra’s brand has an emphasis on sisterhood — being one with each other and with the ocean. The brand’s tagline is, “We believe Maajic is to be shared!”

With tropical and ocean-inspired designs, Maaji captures the essence of a dreamy beach escape. All their clothes are made in Colombia from responsibly-sourced materials.

Ready to feel inspired this summer? Check out the Miami Swim Week 2023 calendar to see when your most-anticipated designers will be on the runway! And for even more swim inspiration, check out some of our favorite Caribbean designers that we have featured in the past!


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here