Bikini Bad Ass from Bikini Luxe!
**Peixoto Swimwear is a women’s resort and swimwear line that focuses on making women feel sexy without being too revealed, and making her feel confident in her own skin. So much of the understanding of how to portray and cater to women in the swimwear and fashion industry has come directly from the influences of the women who have surrounded founder and CEO Mauricio Esquenazi over the years. To pay tribute to these amazing inspirations, Peixoto and Mauricio will honor one Bad Ass Woman each month!
And now… from Mauricio –
Candice Galek – Bad Ass Bikini Babe!
I have always found myself learning from, being inspired, and motivated by my colleagues in the fashion industry. When I reflect on the people who have had the biggest impact on me these past 6 years… I find so many of them to be women! That’s when I decided I wanted to speak up, and shine a spotlight on the bad ass chicks that have touched Peixoto and influenced both my brand, and me.
My first Bad Ass Woman of the Month goes to my friend, colleague, and inspiration – Candice Galek, founder and CEO of Bikini Luxe – her online swimwear superstore. Beautiful and smart, this bad ass started off working in the industry mostly as a model. The closer she worked with the designers and retailers, the more she found herself being drawn in. Now she is the founder and CEO of her own thriving, successful company.
If you ask her why she did it, she will tell you that she wanted a career that would make her happy every day AND that was challenging enough to keep her interested. That same day, Bikini Luxe was born.
She taught me the challenges of managing inventory levels, and that in order to compete with the large scale brands, you have to find creative ways to outmaneuver them.
I asked her how she felt about women and their role in the fashion industry, and her answer is fascinating… “I believe that anyone can do anything they set their mind to. Fashion, like any other industry, has its business leaders and it’s “side hustle” types. … if you’re going to get into fashion, make sure you’re putting your all into it. Nothing worth having comes easy.”
As a successful entrepreneur, Candice is absolutely proud of being a successful woman in the industry but she looks past gender. She always goes right for the truth – which is, we can all do whatever we put our minds to… the challenge is putting your mind to it!
Thank you Candice for being such an inspiration to me, to your team at Bikini Luxe, and now… to women all over the world! Congratulations on being named one of Forbes top 30 under 30 in the Arts and Fashion. I wish you many more years of success!
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