Candy Bee Swimwear
Candy Bee Swimwear is an eclectic collection of swimsuits carefully handcrafted and designed by Candy Bee Champa. The collection features a variety of swimwear: from fun beach fashion with functionality and spunk; sleek and sexy classic pieces; to elegant and lavish premium crystal bikinis, and vivacious suits with playful prints and bold colors.
Candy graduated from SDSU in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice; then continued her education at National University and in 2010 received a Master’s Degree in Communications. She had very little formal design training, other than what she learn from her mother, whom was and still is a seamstress; so she was surrounded by fashion and design at a very early age.
The idea for the swimwear line came in the summer of 2012. After frequenting the beach and attending various pool parties, Candy started running out of bikinis to wear. Like most women, it was difficult for her to find suits that fit perfect and also looked great; this inspired her to design and create her own suits. She started experimenting, coming up with sassy swimwear designs for herself that included chains, bold prints and bright colors. Soon after, she started receiving several requests from family and friends for suits as well. This inspired her to start selling some of her items on Etsy. The inquiries for suits started growing quickly and finally in 2014 she decided, bikinis weren’t just a part-time hobby, but a full time dream that she wanted to pursue. She quit her job of 7 years, to devote all her time, energy and resources into building Candy Bee Swimwear.