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Betsy Campos and Vanessa Cesario opened the first boutique for their swimwear line, Unika, last May.Handout

For Betsy Campos, who grew up in the famously beach-filled nation of Brazil, the swimwear selection in Canada always felt lacking. “I could never find anything to fit me or my mom,” she says. “Shopping was frustrating, and it was never available all year round.” Campos enrolled in fashion techniques and design at George Brown College to study pattern making and, last May, she and creative director Vanessa Cesario opened the doors to swimwear line Unika’s first boutique. Unika makes a point of presenting their styles, which are produced at their in-store workshop, on a range of body types. “I’ve ordered a suit online and it’s shown on a girl with big implants and a tiny body,” Cesario says. “It’s not going to look like that on me and it’s not going to look like that on most people.”

At the heart of Unika is Campos’s customization program. Shoppers choose from more than 200 styles of two pieces, one pieces and tankinis and tweak options such as the height of the leg cut and coverage in the back and the neckline. Fabrics are sourced from Italy and the United States. Since launching, Campos has created pieces for women of all ages, shapes and sizes, including transgender women and women who’ve had a mastectomy. It’s a body-positive approach that celebrates diversity. “Everyone’s body is different and a small on me is not going to look the same as a small on someone else,” Campos says.

Unika, 101 Yorkville Ave., Toronto, 647-347-7946 ,

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