Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 27th 2015 Contents To say Sian McIntosh is the embodiment of
her brand would be, perhaps, the understate-
ment of the year. With an Instagram page
(@rebelusian) that reads like an issue of
Sports Illustrated, it should come as a sur-
prise to no one that Sian is running one of the
hottest, most sought-after swim wear lines
right now - the aptly titled Rebel.
The swim wear, true to its name, is bold,
sexy and a little unconventional.
When Sian dropped the photos from her first
official photoshoot for the brand, the setting
was concrete jungle - urban, gritty and raw -
with girls in mesh cropped tees and matching
barely-there bikini bottoms, military-inspired
high-cut suits and hooded bandana print tops
and denim bottoms. While the visuals have
changed over time, the spirit of the brand re-
mains wholly 'street' - a departure from the
cutesy, heavily embellished, frilly bikinis that
have flooded our market from foreign shores.
Rebel was born, as many fashion lines in
Trinidad and Tobago are, out of necessity.
McIntosh, a self-confessed lover of 'sexy
ting', couldn't bring herself to spend the
amount you often see on the price tags of the
sexier, Brazilian cut swimwear.
"It started when I found the price of bikinis
was getting a bit ridiculous in Trinidad. When I
wanted to go get one it would cost somewhere
between $1000 and $1500.
So I said let me try and make my own suits. I
know my own style and with my body type it
was hard to always find stuff that fit. I had a
contact in my phone for a seamstress and I
said let me give her a try.
I started making swimwear for myself about
six years ago but Rebel itself came into fruition
around two to three years ago."
It was a business venture that paid off. With
no end of choice in Trinidad & Tobago where lo-
cally made swimwear is concerned, Sian's cus-
tomers keep choosing Rebel over and over
So what is it about Rebel that resonates so
profoundly with the buxom, beautiful masses?
Sian believes it's the distinct style, but espe-
cially her prints, that set her apart.
"I try to keep the cuts very very sexy, but the
difference is the prints. You get something
with the mesh, or with the gold finishing, but
also the prints, which are different."
The theory emerged as well, that perhaps
Rebel speaks to that inner bad girl that lives in
all of us.
"You kinda want to put on the bullet print
and feel a little thug you know?" she laughed.
She's not wrong either; you put on a Rebel
suit and immediately you feel the edge coming
on - Lips pout, chins tilt upwards and the inner
trap queen jumps out.
The clientele Sian enjoys, nicknamed the
Rebel Army (we suggest you search #Rebe-
lArmy on Instagram) is a varied bunch of
women, all of whom somehow represent Rebel
to a T, even though they all have different per-
sonalities and looks.
According to Sian, they all have one major
thing in common.
"The Rebel girl is, I would say, a sexy, bad*ss
girl who is very confident and not afraid to
show her body. It's not confined to a size either,
it's just that confidence to pull it off."
For Sian, the journey seems to have only just
begun. After her first official collection which
dropped late last year, she's now preparing to
release her second - titled HonoRebel which
she says will be very 'reggae, roots' inspired.
"Basically lots of golds, primary colours.
Think royal, or royalty, and that's what it's going
to be like, with prints that reflect that theme."
HonoRebel is set to launch at the end of
May, just in time for the 'summer' months, but
before that, Sian is trying to get her ducks in a
row where international shipping is concerned.
She's seen an upsurge in international clients
since Carnival, probably due to her very suc-
cessful and highly publicised collaboration with
Tribe designer Solange Shaw Gopaul, on Mon-
day Wear for her super sexy section Vice.
The Rebel Army seems poised to invade the
shores outside of T&T soon, with a Barbados
pop-up shop happening in time for the Easter
weekend. For the Trinidad and Tobago market,
Rebel is currently stocked The Shop in the Nor-
mandie Hotel, St Ann's.
WARDROBE: REBEL SWIMWEAR
HAIR BY: SHEVON GLASGOW
EN MOD HAIR - EXTENSION BAR AND BEAUTY STUDIO
MAKE UP: ALANA STANISLAUS
MODELS: SIAN MCINTOSH-CRYSTAL DE GANNES-BLOSSOM ROOPNARINE
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