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Issue 136 • Friday, April 18, 2014
MM: When was your brand established?
RR: Officially, I would say my brand was launched in
MM: How did you come up with the name of your
RR: I chose my birth name. No better name speaks
volumes as to what the brand is about.
MM: Do you work solo or as part of a team? If you’re
part of a team, what is everyone’s respective role?
RR: I cannot take all the credit. I am the owner, cre-
ative director and designer of the brand. My mother,
Loris Jones Romany is my manager and handles all in-
ternal operations. Kedebe Charles is my accountant
and financial advisor. Then I have my pattern makers,
Ingrid Prescott and Myrtle Wilson who have become
integral in the entire Rhion Romany design process.
They are the best and no one understands me or my
visions quite like them. Lastly, I have three RR seam-
stresses who work with us to ensure a quality prod-
MM: Do you have any formal design background?
RR: No I do not. I’m self taught. Myrtle taught me to
sew and still continues to assist in my skill building.
MM: What made you want to design swimwear in
RR: I did not want to design swimwear initially, it kind
of fell on my lap. Only after trying it a few times did I
realise how good I was at it.
MM: What’s the most challenging experience you’ve
had as a swimwear designer?
RR: The most challenging experience I’ve had thus far
is no different to any other type of designer, that is,
proper time management during a hectic peak season.
MM: What’s the most rewarding aspect of being a
RR: We reside in a place where the product is in de-
mand all year long.
MM: Do you enjoy working more with prints or
solids, and why?
RR: Solids. Black preferably. I always want the focus to
be on my design.
MM: Do you have a personal favourite amongst all
the suits you’ve designed? If yes, which one and can
you explain why?
RR: I don’t have one favourite. There are at least six
pieces that I adore and admire equally but I will say
that there is one that has been in demand since I’ve re-
leased, and to this day is still being ordered. It’s a piece
from the Monroe Collection.
MM: What’s your favourite part of a woman’s body?
RR: I love the curve of a woman’s hip.
MM: Do you have a muse? Who is she and what
about her personifies your brand?
RR: I don’t think I’ve found my muse as yet but I do
have three models Soowan Bramble, Sommer Oll-
liviere and Shannon Billouin, who I work closely with
and who I love to see in my brand.
MM: If you could dress any woman in the world
whom would you dress?
RR: Rihanna. She has the ability to sell a product like
MM: If you could dress any woman in Trinidad & To-
bago, who would you dress?
RR: LaToya Woods. She exudes a natural confidence
like no other. She blows my mind. I love her. Haha.
MM: What do you think sets your brand apart from
RR: I think it’s my drive to always be a few steps
ahead. Not only providing a top quality product but
also focusing on the brand rather than the design only.
MM: Where do you draw most of your inspiration?
RR: The Romans.
MM: If you weren’t a designer, what would you be
doing as a profession?
RR: I’d be in retail. Still in relation to the fashion world.
MM: Do you have any personal mantras/guiding
philosophies when it comes to your design work? If
so, what is it?
RR: “I am in competition with no one. I run my own
race. I have no desire to play the game of being better
than anyone, in any way, shape, or form. I just aim to
improve, to be better than I was before.”
MM: What’s the price range of your suits?
RR: They vary in price, from $600TT to $1000TT
MM: Do you offer anything besides swimwear?
RR: I actually do not refer to myself as a swimsuit de-
signer, and I also don’t refer to my pieces as
swimwear, I call them bodywear. My clients are aware
that yes, even though it is water ready, my pieces are
more to pose, and feel and look gorgeous and sexy in.
My talents are not limited to bodywear, however. I
specialise in resort wear.
MM: How can customers get their hands on one of
RR: They can send an email to email@example.com.
MM: What’s next for your brand?
RR: A lot. You’ll just have to keep your eyes on the
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