We had the good fortune of connecting with Kelia Gipson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kelia, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My thought process behind starting my own business derived from the noticeable lack of body inclusivity when it comes to fashion more specifically swimwear. My desire to create generational wealth for my family also played a key role in my decision to pursue entrepreneurship. Although you can have great success working in corporate America depending on the industry in which you work; I determined that entrepreneurship would give me success without limitations.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I started my company BCHIQ SWIM in order to provide women with more variety when it came to their swimwear needs. Our goal is provide chic swimwear looks for all body types specifically women who are more busty. I experienced years of struggle when it came to finding swimwear that was appealing to my body type because I would require an XL top but Small bottoms. Most swimwear companies do not allow consumers to mix and match sizes, which has made the purchasing process a bit more challenging for a lot of women. Through my own struggles It was easy for me to identify the areas where the fashion industry lacked this type of inclusivity. I was then able to discover that there were/are many women who face the same challenges. I am super proud and excited to announce the release of my SS2022 collection in March 2022. My team and I have dedicated countless hours to ensure that this collection represents our mission and what we believe in. Reaching this point has not been easy but it has been incredibly educational. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned throughout this process is how important it is to listen to consumers, have a detailed business plan and company structure. I want the world to know that at BCHIQ SWIM, we are listening, we are paying attention and we are working to make sure every one can feel good about themselves when shopping with us.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would definitely have to hang out at El Matador Beach, in Malibu. Then maybe lunch at Nobu or Malibu Cafe. In LA, we’d have to do dinner at CATCH or Tao. There’s honestly so many things to do it LA I wouldn’t even know where to start. I am always looking forward to fashion shows, mixers, hiking, biking, comedy shows and maybe a nice yacht charter. There is literally no limit at what you’ll find to do.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would not be able to achieve the success that I have with my brand without my BCHIQ SWIM Team members. I am so thankful to have a team that is as passionate about their roles in bringing success to the company as I am.

Website: www.bchiqswim.com

Instagram: Bchiqswim

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