Giejo swimwear

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Gabby Sabharwal says she's giving fabrics another chance at life. Giejo, her New York City swimwear line, is all about second chances, whether it's the materials she uses, which are all surplus and reclaimed fabrics, or the way your body feels when it's not wearing a traditional swimsuit.

Sabharwal says her suits are all about convertibility and versatility and having your own personal style shine through. Everything she designs is mix and match, with a focus on coverage and feeling good.

Wear a Giejo one-piece as a bodysuit with jeans in the city, or use her bikini bottoms at the beach two different ways. Her striped bottom is reversible so it can be worn as an all-black bottom, too. Sabharwal says it's also seamless so it doesn't dig in when you wear it.

Sabharwal launched the collection in 2012 when she couldn't find something she'd be comfortable wearing on vacation with her boyfriend's parents. She says everything was really skimpy and she wanted something a little more conservative that was still sexy.

The fabrics Sabharwal uses are amazing leftovers she digs up in Manhattan warehouses. A lot of them are woven and have great texture and details. She says you can feel that the quality.

Sabharwal's suits are all handmade in a small factory across the Hudson River in New Jersey.

Barneys bought her first collection on the spot. Since then, Giejo has been featured in just about every fashion magazine you can imagine.

This spring she launched Gigi by Giejo, her first line for babies, and she did a partnership with Madewell.

It all started with just a few thousand dollars and a dream. Sabharwal believes you have to have a passion and a dream and go for it. She says she started Giejo with just $5,000 out of her savings account and now she runs a six-figure business with no outside investment.

Giejo one-pieces are $195. Tops are $118 and bottoms are $95. The kids' suits are $55. They're all available on

Giejo was actually Gabby's nickname growing up because her baby brother couldn't say Gabby. But now she says that it's ironic; people have trouble pronouncing her brand name.