Who We Are

Aloha & Kamusta !

I'm so glad you're here!

Tiwala Swim (formerly known as Handmade by Gwubby) started off as a hobby way back when I was still in high school (est. 2013 -- shoutout to those who remember the very brief 'Gabikini' phase). Since then, I've gone back to my sewing machine a handful of times. But, due to COVID-19, I have revisited this hobby and am hoping to turn it into something bigger!

What is Tiwala? Tiwalà in Tagalog means faith. As my middle name, Faith is quite literally an important part of my life and personal philosophy. Thus, it's only fitting that I pair this value with my small business because you should always have complete faith in your swimwearHaving faith in your swimwear means trusting where it comes from (what kind of business are you supporting? how were the fabrics sourced? do you know where your clothes were made?), how it is made (do you know who is making your clothes? how are they treating their workers? what materials are being used? are they sustainable?), and how it fits on your body (will it stay on when you go into the ocean? will it come apart at the seams after one use?).

Our swimsuits are for ALL BODIES. I aim to make pieces that make you feel confident and comfortable in your own skin. So, if you don't see your size in our Sizing Chart, don't worry! Select 'Custom' under 'Size'. Since everything is made-to-order, just add your measurements in inches (bust, waist, & hips) to the 'Notes' section of your cart and we'll make you the swimsuit of your dreams!

All pieces are handmade by me with fabric that is sourced locally and/or sustainably. You won't find any seams on this swimwear and can even request to make pieces reversible with different colors to get more bang for your buck! (I love a good deal, which is why I offer reversible swimwear for multiple looks!)

I am a one-woman operation who vows to provide customers with eco-friendly and fashionable swimwear/accessories they love and deserve!

Much Mahalos & Much Love !