For me, my swimwear feels like more of an expression of my current passions, emotions, and dreams. I find it hard to not share every part of the story, as well as my story. Here's a little tale about me and how Vaga Bella Swim came to be.
After living on the ocean for 6 years now, I've realized a few things. I've realized what it really is that I like doing. Who I am, and who I want to be (kind of, well at least for now..). Spending any extended period of time out in nature will do this to you. You too, may have felt it on a camping trip, or a summer spent in a cabin by the lake. Stripped of all distractions and with enough quiet to really sit with yourself. We're forever learning and evolving, but what's become really obvious to me over the years spent in isolation is:
〰️ I care and worry about the state of the planet, humanity, our oceans and all of its creatures. I want to help protect it.
〰️ I've realized how lucky I am to have had the opportunities I've had. I have an overabundance of gratitude that constantly leaves me feeling overwhelmed. I feel so desperately the need to give back.
〰️ I want to be a good role model to the youth of today, especially young women. I want them to feel confident in their skin and I want to encourage them to go and get whatever it is they want in life.
Then the idea came - I'll give back. I'll help the planet. And I'll create a community of women to join me in doing it. Then I thought, what do all women like? Well there's a lot of things but to name a few: chocolate, puppies, adventure, laughter, the liberation of swimming in the sea and therefore... BIKINIS!
The idea of Vaga Bella Swim had formed. Vaga comes from the word vagabond. A vagabond is a wanderer, a person who moves from place to place without a home or job. Bella means beautiful in Italian.
“If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.” ― Betty Reese
With the fashion industry being one of the largest creators of pollution in the world, I always wanted the swimwear to be made of recycled plastic and other waste that would otherwise be thrown into landfill. I wanted my swimwear to be made ethically and sustainably, so I stayed up many nights, researching to find the right factory. I initially wanted to give 50% of profits to charity, but Riley my partner threw the idea out there to make it 100% of profits. At first, my eyes widened and I dropped my jaw at the idea, and then it felt so, right. Trying to pull off something like a not for profit swimwear line was right up my ally, although it's been one of the more exhausting challenges I've taken on so far. I know it'll all be worth it when we can really make a difference in the world.
So anyway, here we are.. 💛