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GET TO KNOW Ferris Thompson YEAR DESIGNED What prompted you to get into this business? I have spent most of my life in or on the water, whether it was at the beach or in the pool as a kid, or on a boat or wakeboarding later on. Growing up in Florida, you really grow up in a swimsuit. That's a lot of bikinis over a lifetime! Eventually, I got into the retail side of the swimwear business. It was the best job I ever had and I absolutely © loved going to work every day. This sparked my true 5 O-i passion for the swimwear industry. x z What experience did you have before starting your own business? I successfully ran a 12-store district for the nation's largest specialty retailer of women's swimwear and resort wear. During that time, I traveled the coasts of Colleen Ferris Thompson / BIKINI FLAVORS Florida and Puerto Rico, and worked with women of all ages, sizes and shapes. These personal, one-on- www.bikiniflavors.com one experiences gave me a true understanding of what an emotional experience swimwear shopping can be. I enjoyed helping these women find the perfect fit. This, in turn, made them feel confident and beautiful. tion. Just pack some extra blings and strings, and you are all set. No one will ever know, and no one will ever have on the same suit as you! What was your motivation — your inspiration? My motivation to create this line stemmed from a va- cation in Key West. My first order of business was to Do you have a retail outlet? work on my tan. But the next day, I couldn't find an¬ All of the Sports Club LA Spa Boutiques carry the line other bikini that worked with the tan lines I had just (Miami; Boston; San Francisco; Upper East Side, NY created (even though I brought an entire suitcase to and Washington, DC). You can also purchase from choose from). And I was certainly not going to wear www.bikiniflavors.com. the same suit to the pool again. I remember thinking, if only this suit was reversible and I could change out my ties, then it would look different, but would still be the same comfortable bikini I started out with. The ab¬ sence of this type of product on the market inspired me to create it. What is your greatest accomplishment? My greatest accomplishment so far is having one of my designs appear on the pages of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition 2012. It's an amazing feeling to have an idea, see it through the production process, and then be recognized with the biggest endorsement you can get as a swimwear designer. What differentiates you from your competition? Bikini Flavors bikinis offer both fashion and ultimate value through the ability to create multiple looks from a single swimsuit purchase. Our reversible, interchange- able swimwear line gives the wearer a constant "new- ness." You only have to pack one suit for your vaca- 44 J U L Y / A U G U S T 2012 SOUTHFLORIDALUXURYGUIDE.COM


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