Proudly Crafted In New Zealand ​Since 1994

PROUDLY CRAFTED IN CHRISTCHURCH SINCE 1998 since then we have made thousands of swimsuits for women of all shapes, sizes and ages. 

Not sure what you want?

Come and visit our shop

No appointment necessary –

If you are in Christchurch and would like a custom made swimsuit please call in and see us at 239c Colombo Street, no appointment necessary.

Get the perfect fit for your shape –

We can alter any of our swimsuit patterns to get a better fit. We have a wider variety of swimsuit's in store to choose from, as as well as a larger selection of colours & fabric's.

Customise your sizes –

We can do a mixture of sizes in one suit. 

For example, if you have a longer torso & find swimsuits are always too short, we can help! Or if you are are a size 12 around the hips and a size 16 around the bust and struggle to find a one piece that fits, we can help!

No appointment necessary – If you are in Christchurch and would like a custom made swimsuit please call in and see us at 239c Colombo Street.
Custom Swimwear –
$25 on top of the price of the swimsuit. 
*Please note we do not copy swimsuits or make them from photos or drawings. We work from our own range of patterns, of which there are many. We do this simply because some swimsuits look amazing in pictures but in real life they do not stay up, stay on, or provide any support and people can be disappointed that this is the case. 

When you can’t try something on before you order it, you can be disappointed with the end result. If you order it online and it arrives and you don’t like it, you can send it back. We don’t make swimsuits for people to ‘see what it looks like on’. We will happily look at a picture you may have, as we often have a suit similar and can make our style more like the picture, or even the colour.


Our styles are tried and tested to make sure everything stays where it should be. We don’t muck around with flimsy, strappy or strapless things that look amazing in photoshoots but don’t actually stay up or on when you try to wear them in real life. How frustrating is it when you try to do aquasize or take your children to the pool or the beach and you are constantly making sure you are still being covered by your swimsuit or you spend all day pulling it down because it’s riding up?!

All of our plain colours are chlorine resistant, an exceptional quality fabric that can withstand the harsh effects of chlorinated water and the heat of spa pools. The life of this fabric is amazing compared to normal swimsuit lycra. This gives longevity to your suit and saves you time and money having to replace it frequently. We don’t do fast fashion. We want your swimsuit to last and not end up in a landfill well before its time.


Rachel had her first swimsuit made by us in 1999, we have made her a few suits since then but because they last so well she has needed only a few. 

She swims 5 mornings a week so her swimsuits get a real workout. This is her latest pair, the first we've made her since the 2011 earthquake, that's how long the last pair lasted. Our swimsuits go the distance!


Starfish Swimwear is a boutique swimwear manufacturer based in Christchurch, New Zealand. We started in a tiny shop in Sydenham Christchurch in the late 1990s. We were very happy in our location and built up our reputation for making great quality swimwear.

Unfortunately, that shop was gutted by fire and we made the move over the bridge into the city. We had a beautiful bright pink shop that was loved as much by our customers as it was by us, unfortunately we lost that shop in the earthquake of 2010, it was bulldozed with everything in it due to the fact that it was deemed unsafe to enter.

But as is the kiwi spirit, we started again and are still here making swimwear for you.

Our styles are tried and tested to make sure everything stays where it should be.


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