Hi! My name is Mel and I'm the founder of Beefcake Swimwear.
I had the idea for Beefcake a couple years ago when I invited a friend of mine to the beach and she said she didn’t have a swimsuit. She dressed very masculine, but she didn’t like wearing board shorts and a rash guard. “What I really want,” she told me, “Is one of those old-fashioned swimsuits, like from the 1920s.”
Two years later, I’ve worked with professional designers, patternmakers, and manufacturers to create modern versions of 1920s swimsuits. We raised $35,496 on Kickstarter and now we're custom-printing the material and sewing up the suits right here where I live and work and surf--in Portland, Oregon.
As a tomboy lez myself, I'm stoked to have a one-piece androgynous swimsuit. I'm even more stoked to share these suits with others. I want people with bodies of all shapes and sizes and genders to feel strong and attractive--to feel like beefcakes.