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Why Top Model Candice Swanepoel Launched Sustainable Swimsuit Brand Tropic Of C

You likely recognize Candice Swanepoel from her runway appearances as a Victoria’s Secret Angel, as well as her slew of fashion magazine editorials and her work with many of the world’s top fashion brands, including Givenchy, Fendi, Versace, and Chanel. In fact, Swanepoel is no stranger to Forbes: the South African native has been included in the Forbes list of “The World’s Highest-Paid Models” several times.

But today, the mother of two is making a name for herself as the cofounder of eco-lifestyle and swimsuit brand, Tropic of C. With core values like sustainability, empowerment, community, and quality guiding the brand’s strategic and design decisions, Tropic of C is making all the right waves.

After years of working in front of the camera as one of Victoria’s Secret’s top models, Swanepoel decided to pursue her entrepreneurial passions by launching her own swimsuit brand. She joined forces with Daniela Manfredi, whose extensive fashion and design career includes more than eight years as Senior Vice President and Creative Director at Victoria’s Secret.

“It started as a creative outlet,” Swanepoel explains. “I love photography and imagery and beauty in general. I had been working and shooting swim for so many years, and as a way of keeping my mind working during photoshoots, I would analyze the product.”

When Swanepoel finally took a break from modeling when she became a new mom – she had been working as a model since age 15, when she was discovered at a South African flea market – she realized that creating her own swimsuit brand was the path to fulfilling her dream.

Launched in February 2018, the primarily direct-to-consumer brand is available internationally, and has also been featured on e-tailers like Goop, Moda Operandi and Olivela. Tropic of C will also have an IRL presence when it launches in the UK as part of Selfridges’ “Swim Hut” activation at the end of October, adding to its list of luxe global wholesalers like Holt Renfrew in Canada and Factory 52 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Tropic of C stands firm on its positioning of sustainability, impact and fashion-centric designs that underscore women’s powerful femininity.

“Sustainability is a key part of my lifestyle. I think coming from Africa and growing up with such a strong level of nature, it’s where I get inspiration,” Swanepoel explains. Her life spent at the beach and surrounded by nature has influenced the rich, earthy tones of Tropic of C’s collections.

“At the same time, Victoria’s Secret had [temporarily] stopped the swim category, so I figured, this is my moment to keep myself busy during my pregnancy but also, to make my dream come true. But the hardest part was getting it started! I didn’t know anything about what it takes to build the business or about the manufacturing process, so I started to have a lot of meetings, which is how I got connected to Daniela.”

(Manfredi had worked closely with fabrics, textiles and design from her days at Victoria’s Secret.)

Swanepoel continues: “I had already dreamed up the brand ethos and what I wanted it to look like, and then we collaborated and it was born. It’s like my third baby!”

While her strong connection with nature has always been present, Swanepoel felt an even stronger urge towards minimalism and the call for sustainability when she became a mother. As a result, every decision that Swanepoel and Manfredi make is intentional and purpose-driven, from the fabrics of the swimsuits down to the packaging.

Manfredi explains: “For us it starts with the fabric. We continually research and incorporate sustainable textile developments into our collections. By prioritizing recycled materials and methods that reduce water and energy, we are able to decrease our environmental footprint.” As a result, Manfredi and Swanepoel source materials that are renewable, biodegradable or decrease water and energy consumption.

So every small detail is considered, like the branded woven labels inside each garment that are made from recycled polyester, and the hygiene liner that’s completely compostable and features a bioplastic derived from tree pulp – all details that make a big difference.

The majority of Tropic of C’s styles are produced using regenerated fabrics that provide good strength and stretch, as well as upcycled fabrics that give second life to discarded waste. Econyl, for example, is made from 100% recycled materials like fishing nets, fabric scraps and industrial plastics rescued from landfills and oceans all over the world. Repreve is a high-performance polyester fiber made entirely from recycled plastic bottles; beyond its sustainability, the fabric has inherit properties such as wicking, thermal regulation and cushioned support, adding to the supreme quality of the swimsuits.

Shipping is also a key step that garners attention: Tropic of C’s eco-friendly mailer is 100% compostable, and made from a bio-based polymer and plant materials, meaning it’s a more durable, sustainable alternative to plastic poly mailers.

Also driven by community, Swanepoel has joined Selma Hayek and Annie Lennox as an ambassador for Mothers 2 Mothers (M2M), an NGO headquartered in Cape Town, South Africa that works across eight African nations.

“Motherhood and South Africa are two of my passions, so serving as an M2M patron is a perfect fit for me,” Swanepoel shares. In honor of Mother’s Day this past year, Swanepoel committed a portion of Tropic of C sales to Mothers 2 Mothers.

The core value of empowerment also comes through with Tropic of C’s commitment to preserving the work and craft of local artisans, by commissioning accessories from mostly-female artisan groups in South America and selling the products on its website. “Our goal is to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces that celebrate their traditional techniques and use of local materials,” Manfredi explains.

Also worth noting: the element of empowerment extends to Tropic of C’s swimsuit designs and silhouettes. Thanks to Swanepoel’s keen eye for photography, Tropic of C’s campaign imagery is very much in the female gaze, with the essence of a woman’s strength and sensuality guiding the way.

“It’s about the way the product makes you feel when it’s on,” Swanepoel explains. “I’m inspired by the concept of ‘powerful femininity’ – I’m gently spoken and quite soft and calm, but I’m also quite powerful, strong, thick-skinned, and resilient. I come from a farm in the middle of nowhere, I’ve gone through a lot to be where I am. But I also think my vision of beauty is when people embrace being feminine and soft. So you see it in the designs, in the shoulders, in the waist, in the high cuts of the suits. There’s a dichotomy in the term ‘powerful femininity’ that has a complexity to it.”

As for the most critical traits that help Swanepoel succeed as an entrepreneur?

“Trust in your vision, fully. Don’t compromise that and stay consistent with it. And have a very clear vision. Be hardworking and be willing to do any of work you need to do in your company. Coming from South Africa, we learn that hard work is important. I’ve been working since I’m 15 and maybe am a little bit addicted to the drive.”

Through it all, Swanepoel is committed to carving out quality time with her two young children.

“It takes organization and time management, but it’s very important for me to spend a lot of time with my kids, especially because they’re babies. I live right around the corner from my office, and divide my time accordingly between working from there, being with my kids, and modeling as well. It can be done.”

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Tropic of C Resort 2020 Avalaible For Pre Order at Moda Operandi

Moda Operandi has released some pieces of the Resort 2020 collection of Tropic of C shoot in Kenya by Jerome Duran for pre order.

Click here to pre order.

Here is the list of pieces and prices.

Sana Strapless Stripe Bikini Top
$90 ($45 Deposit)

Curve Printed Bikini Bottom
$80 ($40 Deposit)

South Pacific Printed Bikini Bottom
$80 ($40 Deposit)

South Pacific Printed Bikini Top
$90 ($45 Deposit)

Vibe High-Rise Waist Bikini Bottom
$80 ($40 Deposit)

Ajuma Bustier Bikini Top
$90 ($45 Deposit)

Nala Off-The-Shoulder Swimsuit
$150 ($75 Deposit)

The C Python Swimsuit
$150 ($75 Deposit)

The C Printed Swimsuit
$150 ($75 Deposit)

Lira Ring Bikini Bottom
$80 ($40 Deposit)

Lira Ring Detail Bikini Top
$80 ($40 Deposit)

Praia Zebra Print Bikini Bottom
$70 ($35 Deposit)

Praia Zebra Print Bikini Bottom
$70 ($35 Deposit)

Praia Zebra Print Bikini Top
$80 ($40 Deposit)

Praia Zebra Print Bikini Top
$80 ($40 Deposit)

Praia Side Tie Bikini Bottom
$70 ($35 Deposit)

Praia Triangle Bikini Top
$80 ($40 Deposit)

Sana Side Knot Bikini Bottom
$80 ($40 Deposit)

Sana Twisted Bandeau Top
$90 ($45 Deposit)

Savanna Cutout Ruched Swimsuit
$150 ($75 Deposit)

Praia Printed Bikini Bottom
$70 ($35 Deposit)

Praia Printed Bikini Bottom
$70 ($35 Deposit)

Praia Printed Triangle Bikini Top
$80 ($40 Deposit)

Praia Printed Triangle Bikini Top
$80 ($40 Deposit)


As far as swimwear goes, Tropic of C is about as sexy as it gets. Having modeled swim for over 10 years, Candice Swanepoel is more than well-versed in the cuts and fits that make for a flattering (and comfortable) swimsuit. Her latest lineup features animal prints (now trending!), detachable halter straps and off-the-shoulder silhouettes, as well as demi-underwire corsets for support. Plus, majority of her styles is cut in her now-signature ECONYL® fabric, a 100% regenerated nylon yarn derived from materials like fishing nets.



Candice Swanepoel Interviewed by Vogue Czech

Vogue Czech released a new interview with Candice talking about motherhood, Tropic of C and more during the meet and greet in Miami last month.

Candice Swanepoel: “I take my mother’s role very seriously.”

Candice Swanepoel, a South African supermodel, was one of the stars of the Miami Swim Fashion Week SS 2020, where she presented her sustainable Tropic of C swimsuit collection. at the same time, she can maintain the flawless visage of the angel Victoria’s Secret.

I’m terribly curious about your lifestyle, how do you manage to maintain such a great figure, wrinkle-free skin, glowing skin, what do you eat?

My lifestyle has changed since I have children, but I’ve been trying to exercise regularly, eating a healthy, balanced diet. I actually eat everything I give to children. I grew up on a farm in South Africa and spent a lot of time in Brazil, so my kids eat vegetables, fish, rice, beans and we eat together. I also like to prepare my beauty smoothies with collagen, coconut oil, protein powder. They feed me and they are healthy.

What is your beauty routine?

I love sheet masks. I often get moisturizers at home if I don’t have time to go to the cosmetician. It is very important for me to clean my skin well, as a model I often have makeup on the show, so make-up removal is essential. I constantly use SPF 45 because I like the sun. I love life on the beach, but I avoid tanning my face.

How is your skin care different on the days you prepare for a show or photo shoot?

It’s not that much difference, I just have to pay attention to the perfect timing. A few weeks before the show, I use cleansing masks and go to a cosmetic deep cleanser because the skin needs time to soothe. I do intensive hydration a week before the event, I apply sera with more vitamin C and LED therapy. But I truly believe that the most important thing is to maintain your inner health all year round – to drink plenty of water, eat healthy and sleep.

Do you sleep enough if you have a baby and a toddler at home?

I’m not going to sleep so much with them, especially when my older three-year-old brings some cold out of kindergarten every few weeks. It wakes up much more, but I got used to it. I sleep whenever I can.

How did you get back in shape after two pregnancies you showed off for Victoria’s Secret? Do you have a tip?

There is something different about everyone. You have to follow how your body works. I have a tendency to natural slenderness, actually I’ve always had to try to maintain muscle mass, losing weight when I’m stressed. Of course I had to practice. However, I have never been the type who practices every day. Muscles need to rest some day between exercise, while I like the natural curves and shape of the female body.

Do you exercise more when going to a show or swimsuit photo shoot?

Before I had children, I went to the gym regularly 3 times a week. Now I’m exhausted at the end of the day. I try to practice for thirty minutes every third to fourth day. As a mother, I have an active life, and the fact that I constantly run for children keeps me in shape.

What made you decide to design a swimsuit?

It has attracted me since childhood. My mother used to be a dance teacher and she did dance shows, we always had some nylons left and I made my own bikinis out of them. As a model, I showed a lot of swimsuits and often wondered how to improve them. When I was pregnant, I felt it was time to start my own brand. And now we have been here for almost three years!

What is a typical customer of your Tropic of C brand?

Is a chic, strong personality, sophisticated, travels a lot, has a free spirit and is connected with nature. Therefore, in our photos you rarely see the pools, we shoot in nature.

What does the creative design process look like?

I love the creative process! I like dreaming about colors, cut, how the individual pieces will look. I come up with inspiration and then we pick fabrics. We will finish the first prototype directly on me, put it on and play with the fabric according to my original vision. I also like taking photos. Everything from site selection to final details.
Tell us more about the latest collections.

We are preparing two collections per year, resort and spring / summer. Being from South Africa, I am inspired by ethnic cultures. In the last collection we have a number of earthy colors, in the resort line you can find animal motifs and we took pictures in Kenya. We also have a signature collection in black and white. I like the silhouette, which is a bit vintage, the clothes are inspired by the style of the 50s or 70s, but I gave it a modern accent. I collect inspiration on the go. And because I still travel a lot, I like universal pieces. Even today I wear a swimsuit, which I wear as a top, with a skirt.

You are known for ecological thinking, is this attitude reflected in collections?

Sustainability has been crucial to me since I started working on my swimsuit collection. I would never let my business flood the planet with another batch of plastics. We use a lot of Econyl (recycled nylon from discarded fishing nets). Our goal is 100% material sustainability, so far we are at 70%. We also make sure that our packaging materials are simple and biodegradable.

I am amazed that in addition to all your work, you are also involved in humanitarian work.

At some point in my career as a model, I felt I wanted to give something, help somehow. I had the opportunity to visit the Mothers to Mothers organization and heard a lot of moving stories of women infected with HIV that touched me even more after I became a mother myself. Most of these women find out during pregnancy that they have AIDS, their families reject them, and they remain without help. Mothers to Mothers allows them not to pass the disease on to their children. The mother feels unrepeatable when she knows that her baby will have a healthy life. With Tropic of C we try to do as much as possible for them, but years ago I created a jeans collection where some of the proceeds went to support this organization.

How do you manage to link all your activities to motherhood?

I am lucky to work with so many wonderful people who fully understand the needs of the family. Also, creating my own brand allows me to better plan my working time. Of course I also have to say no to a lot of amazing offers. Time with young children will never come back and I take the role of mother very seriously. During one project, I returned twice a week from Europe to New York just to see the children for the day. I always wanted my family very much, it took a while to get pregnant, and I love the role of mother. That’s why I enjoy motherhood, including all the work around the children.

Maxim magazine declared you the most attractive woman of the year a few years ago. What do you think when reading such articles or seeing yourself at the Victoria’s Secret show in a diamond bra?

I look at myself as my professional self, I don’t feel that way inside. This is an external evaluation, it is nice to hear, but I know my real self. I’m a normal girl at home, I don’t look like that when I change diapers for children or wipe my nose.

What is the hardest thing about modeling?

Modeling is a pretty lonely way of life. This was far more than before the advent of social media. I waited hours for the show and my only companion was a book. Social media has changed a lot. You can always be connected with your family, your friends. People often ask me how I got to the top. But it is all the result of hard work. The toil that never ends.

What would you advise the aspiring models?

Try to be yours, find and work on your style and personality. Stick to your individuality rather than trying to be like the other girls who are flying on Instagram, otherwise you’ll be lost in a million others.

Vogue Czech

Tropic of C’s resort 2020 to be released in September


Refinery 29 posted the first official image of the new bikini of Tropic of C which will be out in September, as Candice confirmed. The bikini comes in a new print called “phyton”.

The resort campaign was shot in Kenya during Candice’s recent trip to the Mwale Medical & Technology Center and the Masai Mara, where Jerome Duran took the photos.

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Tropic of C will be avalaible at Eight Space

Great news! After the pop up in Miami during the Swim Week on July 13rd Eight Space announced that Tropic of C will be sold in their Miami store this week.

You can visit their store at 174 NW 26th St, Miami, FL 33127, EE. UU.

Candice Swanepoel’s Tropic of C at Paraiso Miami Beach

According to two different sources Tropic of C will be in the Paraiso aka Miami Swim Week on July 12th.

Other highlights of the week will include supermodel Candice Swanepoel’s presentation of her sustainable swimwear line, Tropic of C, an awe-inspiring Maaji runway show at Paraiso partnering location, Brickell City Centre, and the Upcycle Challenge, a national, student-designer competition developed to give use to dead stock fabrics and textiles from reputable swimwear brands.

The Paraiso Bungalow, the oceanfront pop-up shop at Collins Park, featuring Resortwear, Beauty, Jewelry and Accessories by: Aloha Collection, Chopard, Olivela and Tropic of C.

Hours: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM | OPEN TO PUBLIC


Bellazon, Swim Week Calendar and Miami Herald.

HypeBae talks about Tropic of C

Hype Bae included Tropic of C in a new post about their favorite swim brand for the vacay.

One popular brand we’ve included Tropic of C was created by supermodel Candice Swanepoel.

HYPEBAE Pick: Founded by supermodel Candice Swanepoel, Tropic of C offers vintage-inspired pieces with a modern twist. The brand also gets direct inspiration from Brazilian and European design cues. The most recent collection includes curve-cut bottoms, corset-inspired tops and smoothly contoured details reminiscent of dance apparel. This season 50-percent of Tropic of C’s swimsuits are created with Econyl®, an eco-friendly, bi-elastic techno-fabric. Econyl® works in collaboration with healthyseas.org to create a 100-percent recycled material from discarded fishing nets and other landfill waste.


5 things a woman should always have in her wardrobe according to Candice Swanepoel

Candice Swanepoel, one of Victoria’s Secret’s signature models is also at the helm of sustainable swimwear label, Tropic of C. With summer at the heart of its collections, the label’s mantra is simple: feel good in your skin… and your swimwear. We took the opportunity to talk to the South African model about the essence of her style and her sunkissed swimwear label.

How did the brand start?

“I had thought about creating a swim line for a while. After having modeled swim in the industry for such a long time, I felt like I understood quite well what I like about particular fits, fabrics, and colors.”

What’s the concept?

“The concept was to create a line that I truly wanted to wear everyday at the beach. I pay great attention to each fit of the suit, making sure that the design highlights a woman’s body, that the fabric is of the highest quality and that it really holds you in. The pieces must stand the test of time, this is not just disposable fashion. We are proud to have a sustainable aspect to the brand. Since our inception we have been working with regenerated fabrics and continue to be innovative with our packaging, using sustainable materials.”

How would you describe its aesthetic?

“Modern but vintage inspired; a refined sort of sexy; powerful femininity.”

Which 5 things should be in every woman’s wardrobe?

“The C one-piece in any of our colors. This suit is a staple, and can double as a bodysuit! Also, a little black dress, great jeans, sexy pair of heels, and a leather jacket.”

Can you describe your style in three words?

“Elegant, effortless, classic.”

An outfit which defines you?

“Jean shorts and a white T-shirt.”

How would you describe the Tropic of C aesthetic?

“Modern but vintage inspired; a refined sort of sexy; powerful femininity.”

What is your vision of swimwear for 2019?

“I am always classically inspired and never concerned with the current “trends.” I find inspiration in vintage silhouettes and highlighting a woman’s best assets. So the suits may appear simple but the fit makes all the difference. In 2019 I am inspired by the colors and art from Africa.”

What is different about Tropic of C?

“The attention to detail: the cut of each suit is meticulously designed.”

How are you positioned in the swimwear industry?

“I like to think our brand is approachable for women of any age. My goal is for all women to feel confident and beautiful in the suits.”

What inspires you?

“I am greatly inspired by nature. This is where I feel the most peaceful and connected. A lot of our color palettes, fabrics, and names reflect natural elements.”

Who is the Tropic girl in three words ?

“Confident, carefree, natural.”

Original // Article in French.

Candice Swanepoel Interviewed by Daily Front Row Magazine


Supermodel-turned-entrepreneur Candice Swanepoel found herself with an instant hit on her hands when she launched her luxurious, eco-friendly swim line, Tropic of C. With bikinis selling faster than she can make them, the budding mogul has had to buckle down and learn on the fly to keep up with the demands of her growing business.


What inspired you to launch Tropic of C?

It was a childhood dream of mine. When I was 7, I used to take my mom’s leftover fabric—she was an aerobics
teacher—and make my own little bikinis. Growing up in the sun in South Africa, I always loved it. And when I got into modeling, I became kind of “the swimsuit girl,” and all through those years I would pay close attention to the fit and color and how they made me feel. That’s how I started brainstorming Tropic of C. The hardest thing for me was just to take the initiative to start it and feel confident that I could do it.

What finally pushed you over the edge?

I have a great South African manager who helped me, because one of the hardest parts is just figuring out where to start. People think it’s easy to start a business, but it’s really not. It’s all this legal stuff, branding…and literally every name is taken, even my own! I took a million meetings and some never went anywhere, but I still learned something from every one of them. It was during my pregnancy that I was actually able to focus on making it happen. Daniela [Manfredi, Swanepoel’s business partner and Tropic of C’s assistant designer]
flew to Brazil to meet me, and we got along straight away and started talking about what the brand could look like. I can’t believe it’s been almost a year. That seems really fast.

Yeah, I mean, we’re pretty on it. Daniela comes from a swim background, so she kind of knew what parts we needed to put together. She’s the one who goes to the factories and brings back fabrics for me to see, and we put it all together. Then you have the whole back end of the websites and the photo shoots, and that’s the part I really love—organizing the shoots and the look of the brand online and on Instagram.

And you’re based in New York now, correct?

I was trying to maintain a beach life in Miami, but I need to be in the office regularly, so I’m back in New York for a while. Sometimes I hate New York, but I always end up missing it and coming back.

What do you think sets Tropic of C apart from other swim brands?

I put a lot of energy into working on the shapes and making sure every suit is very specific and well-done. I take pride in the fabrics. They’re not just worn twice and look terrible, but they are pieces you can keep season after season. I have a weird thing with some of my clothes; they’ve been with me through important parts of my life and it’s almost like they have a soul. I’m attached to them. They bring me back to special times in my life and I hang on to them, as long as they are good quality. I feel like that is what Tropic of C is—it’s a brand you can rely on for good fit and good quality. Most of the styles look quite simple, but the reaction from people when they put them on is quite different.

What are some of your most popular styles?
There’s one called “Vibe,” which is a crop top with a higher-waisted bottom, that sells all the time. We have the classic string, which I love to wear every day. I love to use earthy colors, and I like to make color stories, so everything looks beautiful together.

How much do you let the numbers guide your
decision making?

I have to pay attention to the numbers, but we have a business partner who has helped us get started because we’ve grown almost too quickly. At times it’s been a little bit overwhelming, but that’s a great problem to have. At times, we’ve underestimated the orders and run out of fabric, so we plan in advance
and order larger quantities.

Your fabrics are quite special—lots of recycled eco-
fabrics—so quantities must be somewhat limited to
begin with.

Exactly. There has been a definite learning curve for me, but that’s good. I really would like for the brand to grow and maybe one day do clothing as well. We’ll see!

Given the demands of your modeling career, how involved are you with Tropic of C on a daily basis?

It’s every day. Thank God for Internet programs. We have all the online Dropboxes, because I like to sign off on everything. The team is learning what I like and what my aesthetic is, but there’s a lot of back and forth. And whenever I have time off I’m here [at the studio]; we’re busy designing the next collection.

And where are you selling?

We’re direct-to-consumer, but we’re also on Goop and Moda Operandi to raise brand awareness. We’ve also started doing pop-ups, so people can be closer to the brand. We offer things like free returns, so people can try on the suits and not be afraid that they might not work.

What’s the busiest time of year for the brand?

With swim, there’s an annual schedule. That’s one of the parts that freaks me out the most. I mean, I could just say whatever and sell when I want, but there are times when people are thinking about vacation and
certain times that sell better, like around spring break and before certain holidays.

Have you ever won anything before?

Maybe I won like “Most Photogenic” when I was a kid or something, but I’ve never won anything that mattered.

How does it feel to be celebrated in this way?

It’s been really satisfying for me to see people enjoying the brand so much. As models, our work is based on how we look, and it’s great to be celebrated for that, but all of us are so much more than that. I’m really happy to
be recognized for something other than what I look like. And this brand is like my other baby. I’m so proud of it. And there’s so much going on in my daily life. I’ve fought so hard for my career from a really young age, had my babies, and I started this business in the middle of it all. It’s been a crazy couple of years, but the success has made it worth all the struggle.

Tropic of C’s Spring Collection now online

Candice’s swim line, Tropic of C dropped it Spring collection. In it we can find new prints, as the mama africa print aka leopard print avalaible for the C one piece, vibe bottom, equator top and bottom and praia top and bottom. New tops as ilha and praia and new colors as poppy, hibiscus or ultramarine.

You can shop it now here.

Remember that Tropic of C ships worldwide.