Baiia was born out of a fusion of founder Amber’s upbringing, education and values. Growing up between Australia and the Solomon Islands, 4-year old Amber felt the most confident, brave and free in a swimsuit that was a hand-me-down from her older sister, Jasmine. To her, this swimsuit gave her the power to explore her surroundings and take complete control of herself, just like other strong women in her life.
Amber went on to study fashion design, following one of her greatest and longest-standing passions. While she loved the knowledge she gained, she was concerned about falling into the trap of simply pumping out pieces that are made for “looking good”, rather than “feeling good”. So… she let it go.
After travelling the world and completing another degree, Amber began writing about CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) in the fashion industry and where it was lacking, something she now knew all too much about. Realising writing wasn’t her passion, Amber turned once again to designing after a particularly un-empowering experience shopping for swimwear. She knew that the reason she felt so inadequate wasn’t because of her own body; rather it was the fault of the design. She simply needed to find a better swimsuit, so she set out to make her own. Armed with a solid knowledge of fashion, business and design, and an ever-growing gravitation to always doing what’s right, Baiia was born.
Three years on, Baiia has won awards for innovative and sustainable design, press coverage in leading Aussie magazines and blogs, and most importantly has dressed women around the world while always staying true to our values. Amber now has a small team of other creative and driven women who are just as committed to Baiia’s mission as she is.