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About Us


Hi! My name is Mel and I'm the founder of Beefcake Swimwear. 

This journey started when my masculine-of-center roommate wanted a 1920s style swimsuit. After two years of prototyping and testing, we launched on Kickstarter in spring of 2017 and raised $35,496, which was over 300% of our goal!

Initially we figured our audience would be other LGBTQ+ folks, but we're selling all over the world to a wild range of gender expressions, ages, and body types. Seeing all those smiles on our Instagram feed is the absolute highlight of our work. 

When you purchase a Beefcake swimsuit, you're getting a garment that is printed in small batches, cut, and sewn by people making a living wage in Portland, Oregon. Your order gets packaged up and taken to the post office by me or my fantastic wife. Yes, we're a tiny company! 

We aren't making thousands of suits that will sit in a warehouse, which means way less waste. We use high-performance fabric that is also environmentally responsible. We're making as large a size range as we can afford to keep in stock. We're trying to be as transparent as possible about our methods and costs. Overall, we're committed to Beefcake Swimwear doing things different. 

Thanks for joining us in the journey of making eco-responsible swimwear that helps all types of people feel confident and comfortable!