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A local swimwear designer has created surf-inspired bikinis that hold up to waves and turn heads at the same time.
A local swimwear designer has created surf-inspired bikinis that hold up to waves and turn heads at the same time.
148 backers pledged $12,850 to help bring this project to life.

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**UPDATE-Every additional dollar we get past our 100% mark will go towards:  >Creating new designs, new colors of fabric and helping us launch our official eCommerce website!! Your continued support helps out immensely***

Wondering when the day will come that you can stop worrying about bikini malfunctions and you can just enjoy your time at the beach?

Well, your dreams have come true!! We just need your help!

WHO WE ARE

Hi, I'm Mindy.  I surf.  I sew.  I travel.  In my travel adventures, I've found that a good surf-bikini is hard to find.  When surfing, I was always tying my bikini tops up in weird ways to take strain off my neck and hoping my bikini bottoms would stay on when dropping into waves.

I decided that if I wanted to focus more on my waves and less on my worries, I needed to create a suit that stayed.  So the creation of Nalu Swim began.  

Nalu - means "wave", surf; full of waves, it is of Hawaiian origin

Ponto
Ponto

WHAT MAKES MY WORLD GO ROUND

Aside from having the love and support of family and friends, I absolutely love the job I have created for myself. Seeing my designs come to life step by step is an incredible feeling. From the first drawing sketches, to receiving fabric print samples and then piecing together the garments - nothing compares to seeing the finished garment on a real person.  

Design sketches
Design sketches

WHO WEARS A NALU SWIM BIKINI?

Nalu bikinis are designed for all shapes and sizes.  I've made sure that this collection fits both the athletic and curvy.  The girl who wears this suit isn't afraid to go in the ocean.  She takes chances.  She does not do so well at standing still.  She does the things she thinks she can not do.  She dreams, she loves and enjoys this precious life.  You are her.      

Rolling Wave bikini
Rolling Wave bikini

WHAT MAKES A NALU BIKINI DIFFERENT

Every suit has an adjustable top and criss-cross back to take strain off the neck.  I've designed bikini bottoms that tie on the side so you can make sure they fit snug around your hips.  These bikinis have been called a "game changer" by friends that I surf with.  It's the best of both worlds, a suit that stays in place and looks great too!        

Criss-cross back
Criss-cross back

THE PLAN

I currently have two designs complete, however I realize that I can't keep bootstrapping this business and I have 3 more suits left to go.  I have sewn all of my own sample suits, taken suits into surf shops, accepted purchase orders and been a part of street fairs, trunk shows and fundraisers.  Now, I need your help.

My office
My office

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?

Could this be done cheaper?  The answer is yes.  But it is very important to me to keep this brand LOCAL.  The suits are manufactured right here in Sunny California!

MY VISION

I strongly believe that Nalu Swim can change the face of the surfing industry for women.  In a Nalu suit, a woman is reminded of her strength, spirit and heart.  Nalu Swim is more than just a brand, it's part of the community.  

New suits in the pipeline
New suits in the pipeline

Risks and challenges

The main challenge that we will face once we are successfully funded will be timing. We will be on a tight schedule to get everything done in time for summer 2013. We work with a swimwear industry expert who has been on the production side for 35 years. They have 5 different factories that they work with, so as soon as we say "go!" it will be just 2-3 weeks and we can have our remaining suits completed.

Since the factory is right here in California, we are able to keep a close eye on everything to ensure a timely delivery. We have drive and determination! We will be a success!

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  • At the end of the campaign I will be sending out surveys to get your style, color and size selection if you selected a bikini for your award.

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    SHOUT OUT OF THANKS - We'll give you shout-out of gratitude on our Facebook and Instagram. We thank you for your generosity!

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    THANK YOU EMAIL - Good karma & a personal thank you email from Mindy. I will personally reach out to you in a heart felt email expressing my gratitude for your support.

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    8X10 of SURFER GIRLS - in front of a beautiful california beach wave - Shot by Stephanie Dana.

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    BEACH TOWEL - Nalu Swim hand-sewn logo by yours truly. Mindy will personally stitch the Nalu Swim logo onto a beach towel for you to enjoy on all of your summer days!

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    NALU SWIM BIKINI - criss-cross back with adjustable top and bikini bottoms that hold up to waves. Choose from Seafoam, Eggplant or Pink.

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    NALU SWIM BIKINI & 8x10 PHOTO- Nalu Swim criss-cross back with adjustable top and bikini bottoms that hold up to waves. Choose from Seafoam, Eggplant or Pink. Plus, 8X10 photo of surfer girls - in front of a beautiful california beach wave - Shot by Stephanie Dana.

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    THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Now learn to surf! 3 Private Surf lessons in beautiful San Diego, California from a professional surf instructor. Plus, an 8x10 print of surfer girls in front of a beautiful california beach wave - shot by Stephanie Dana.

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    YOU ARE HELPING DREAMS COME TRUE !!!!!!! 3 Private Surf lessons in beautiful San Diego, California from a professional surf instructor. Plus, Nalu Swim bikini criss-cross back with adjustable top and bikini bottoms that hold up to waves. Choose from Seafoam, Eggplant or Pink. Plus, an 8x10 print of surfer girls in front of a beautiful california beach wave - shot by Stephanie Dana. As well as our ever-lasting gratitude!

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Funding period

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