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StraitSwim

StraitSwim is a chic, sophisticated and customary swimwear line that is inspired by the very traditional islands of the Torres Strait, located at the most Northern part of Australia. While the suits are modern, StraitSwim captures the unique culture of the Torres Strait islands by telling a story in each of its designs. We aim to combine the old traditional island style with a new and stylish appearance. With high-end fabrics and simple, clean, comfortable cuts to frame your body, we are looking to create an ‘Island Gypsy.’ Above all, we strive to deliver an experience.

Our aim is to fuse a traditional island culture with the culture of a modern stylish boho beach babe, so we created the name ‘Island Gypsy’ to describe the babes that want to be a part of the StraitSwim lifestyle. Among other attributes, an Island Gypsy is strong, confident and fun. She loves the ocean breeze, sandy toes and salty kisses. She has culture and understands tradition. She’s a little mysterious, wakes up with a free spirit, but most of all…she’s a BADASS.

Our vision is to create a brand and lifestyle experience through swimwear while educating and promoting a beautiful culture full of traditions and history of the Torres Strait, while creating badass swimwear for the free-spirited.

Founder / Designer

Alyssa Levesque

Hi all, thanks for stopping by!

I was born and raised in the Bay Area of Northern California. I attended Carondelet High School before heading up the road to attend Saint Mary’s College of California to receive my Bachelor’s degree in Business. While attending Saint Mary’s, I played on the Woman’s Basketball team and met my partner, Patty. Upon meeting Patty, it was evident that his Aboriginal and Torres Strait culture is a part of his everyday life. Living and experiencing life together for the last 10 years, it has naturally become a part of me as well.

Since my very first ferry ride from Horn Island to Thursday Island, I have been impassioned by the Torres Strait culture. During my trips, I remember catching my first fish on a reef off of Prince of Wales, performing a traditional dance at a big celebration event, and even learning some (secret) island recipes. Every aspect of the tradition, I am truly inspired by, from the fishing, dancing, late night singing, and the traditional cooking. Even the landscape, from the beautiful waters, the hills, and the colorful flowers, were so uplifting. Although the scenery is beautiful, I will always remember all of the warm, kind, generous, humble, and passionate families I’ve been so honored to meet.

With all these understandings, I felt inspired to combine my experiences with a true passion of mine, swimwear. So, I took a chance in designing swimwear that brought meaning and told stories of this beautiful remote culture and heritage.

My hope for StraitSwim is that we set ourselves apart by educating our followers about the Torres Strait, as well as, providing gorgeous swimwear along the way.

Alyssa x