SPOTLIGHT: Luxury Swimwear Designer | Gabriela Pires


Swimwear Designer - Gabriela Pires

Fashion Designer – Gabriela Pires

Summer is here and swimsuit season is upon us!  So, this week, we are focusing on Swimwear Designer, Gabriela Pires, whose creations have earned their spots in several digital and print publications, fashion shows and television.  Most noteworthy are her swimsuit appearances in Sports Illustrated Swimwear Edition 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.   Gabriela Pires Beachwear is daring and definitely captures the spirit of Miami’s nightlife, mixed with resort lounging.

The collection of luxury and couture swimwear is current to the industry’s trends, using the finest fabrics and the designer’s creativity.  Combined with her Brazilian and Miamian roots and education in Milan, Gabriela’s passion comes alive with each piece.  

Read on to know more about this passion-filled entrepreneur, whose designs are handcrafted out of her studio in Miami.  While Gabriela will be showing her 2019 collection in Miami Swim Week in July, her 2018 pieces can be bought on her website.  Should you happen to be in Miami this summer, stop by her store to view her collection.  In addition to encouraging empowerment through her designs, Gabriela donates 10% of all her swimwear sales to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.


Single ruffle bikini at Miami Swim Week – Photo by Patience Eding

Where are you originally from and where are you located now?  I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was raised in Miami Beach, Florida, and Milan, Italy.  I also lived in NYC, and I’m now back in Miami, where I own a fashion studio and showroom.

Tell us a bit about your designing background.

I was raised in the fashion industry thanks to my parents being fashion store owners and manufacturers. I got into designing at an early age and learned from designing to production.

How does your cultural background influence your designs?  My Brazilian roots, and being raised in Miami, have influenced the more revealing cuts and colors in my collections. My more sophisticated styles, are a result of my Italian influences. 


Where do you get your design inspirations?
I create my collections following colors, fabrics, and fashion trends. One of my main inspirations is Art Deco (an architectural style all over Miami). I also get inspired by the Brazil’s rich flora and fauna, history, roots and the Miami culture. 
When did you start Gabriela Pires Beachwear?
I launched my first collection in 2012, and in the same year, one of my designs was featured on Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. 
Where have your swimsuits been featured?

In many digital and printed publications, such as CBS, GQ, SI, to name a few. 

Gabriela Pires monokini featured in Sports Illustrated 2016, Model – Nina Agdal

What are the highlights of owning your own business?  Owning my own business enables me to have a flexible work schedule, which allows me to travel when I need to. Although it is very rewarding, it comes with more responsibilities since I have to depend on myself for my success. 

How do you keep yourself motivated?
Seeing the confidence that my swimsuits bring to women when they wear it, is my biggest motivation. 
What advice would you give to young women who want to start their own business?
Fight for what you want, follow your heart, and work hard. The rest will come naturally.
Where can we buy your swimsuits?
You may find them at


Tell us some fun facts about yourself.
My secret dream job would be as a concert photographer – I’m a big live music and photography fan. I have a YouTube channel and Instagram blog of my experiences. 
I’m also a Japanese anime fan. One of my favorites is Sailor Moon. 
You can follow Gabriela on:


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