Los Angeles, California · 3196 Sales


Los Angeles, California 3196 Sales On Etsy since 2005

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Harajuku: Handmade Swimwear based in Los Angeles

I’m currently living in the Los Feliz section of Los Angeles, but I grew up on the East Coast, and spent my adult years bouncing back and forth from coast to coast. I forgot to have children, so I can just pack up and move to a new locale whenever the mood strikes me. I never studied fashion; I just learned to sew at a very young age, and have continued to do it ever since. I was a studio art major in college, with an emphasis on photography and theater arts.

I started producing my own label when I was living in New York City, as a wholesale clubwear line. I decided to name the line HARAJUKU, since I had recently taken a trip to Tokyo (in 1983), and was impressed by the street style there. I had my own seasonal retail shop on Martha’s Vineyard, in Miami’s South Beach, then year-round on Melrose in L.A. Now, it’s all online, on my own website, Etsy, and a few other shopping sites that feature independent designers

JoEllen: owner and designer

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  • JoEllen

    Owner, Designer

    All my bikinis are made to order by me in my L.A. studio. I specialize in clean, sophisticated shapes that FIT, and are cut to stay on in the water, all made with quality fabrics and attention to detail. Thanks for stopping by!

Shop policies

Last updated on August 17, 2017
Current turnaround time: most orders can be shipped within one week. If you have a specific date you need your suit for, just let me know, and we can explore various shipping options to get it there on time.

Please note that the styling of my suits has a Brazilian or European sensibility; I don't use foam cups or padding of any kind, nor do I do special linings for the insertion of your own pads. Tops are lined with standard beige swimsuit lining; bottoms are lined according to transparency, i.e., pale colors are completely lined, and darker colors have a crotch lining.

All requests for custom orders should be accompanied by the following measurements:

Bra Size:
Which brand of bra fits you in that size?:
Panty Size:
Chest (up under the arms):
Bust at fullest part:
Ribcage (right under the bust):
Hips (fullest part):
Leg circumference (where a normal panty elastic would be):
Shoe Size (this tells me something about your bone structure):
Derriere: Flat, Normal, or Extra Round?:

A photo of yourself wearing something reasonably form-fitting is also extremely helpful, but not mandatory.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
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California residents: add 9.25% sales tax.

No checks, wire transfers, or money orders are accepted.

Paypal or Etsy checkout.
All orders are sent through the United States Postal Service. USA orders sent First Class Mail with Delivery Confirmation. Multiple purchases from my shop can be consolidated to save on shipping costs.

International orders are sent via First Class Mail International. Multiple purchases from my shop can be consolidated to save on shipping costs. Shipping quotes are without insurance, and do not include any customs fees that your country may levy.

Customers are responsible for any Customs fees, VAT, etc. levied by their own government. Please research these fees before ordering so there are no surprises. If you refuse the package when it arrives because of the customs fees, and it is returned to me, only the cost of the items will be refunded, not the original shipping cost. Be aware the it usually takes 2 months for the package to be returned here.
Refunds and Exchanges
No refunds, no exceptions.

Exchanges are possible within 5 days of receipt. All exchanges must be in their original condition: unworn, unwashed, and with tags and liners intact. No returns are accepted 14 days after you received the item. Thongs are not exchangeable. Custom orders are final sale.

Read the item descriptions and my size chart carefully before ordering, and convo me if you need sizing help. You are encouraged to submit your measurements to avoid size-related returns.