Uniquely St John – Ranifly Bikini
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Owner / designer Rani Keohane has spent her life in and on the water. So, it should be no surprise that her life-path would bring her to the tiny island of St John in the US Virgin Islands.
Spend more time on and in the water than you do on land and you’ll need a flexible, functional and comfortable swim suit – and that’s exactly what inspired Rani Keohane to begin creating her bikinis.
Ranifly Bikini was born in January of 2009. Her store and studio are located in the Coccoloba Shops on the “quiet side of the island” in Coral Bay. Since launching Ranifly her uniquely crafted bikinis have found an ever expanding fan base. You’ll find Ranifly at retail locations from the USVIs to the BVIs from NY to Key West and Hawaii. Note: all custom work is done out of her St John studio.
Step into her shop and you’ll see that it’s half retail and half workshop – allowing you to see both the creative process and the finished products. The atmosphere is relaxed. Suspended between bamboo poles, like island-style clotheslines, hang colorful bikinis, beach bags and sarongs. Browse among the various styles and sizes, patterns and shades. The selection is mix-and-match allowing you to find the right top and bottom to flatter your figure. The styles are modern, sporty, fun and designed for active use. And if you’re unsure or just looking for guidance, Rani and Sarah Swan [ Rani's right hand woman] are there to help … AND remind you that the process should be fun!
The back of the shop has sewing machines standing-ready under stylish work lights. Swatches of brightly colored fabrics, with the most amazing patterns, are purposefully scattered about the construction table! Tropical inspirations and photos of family and friends are tacked to the walls. This is where all of her custom work and prototyping takes shape. And it’s at this table where your custom bikini will be cut and crafted!
You can and should leave any body image issues at the door. This is a woman-centric shop. While the cuts and styles are decidedly youthful and sporty – they are meant to accentuate and flatter a wide range of sizes and figures …for women of any age! Select a suit that’s already crafted or work with Rani in selecting the perfect colors, patterns and style for a suit that’s uniquely you! Either way, you’ll enjoy the comfort and fit of a bikini that’s anything BUT off the rack!
Rani still makes all of her suits by hand. Her newest bikinis utilize reversible construction and complimentary patterns and colors! Spoil yourself and take home something uniquely St John!
Ranifly Bikini is open M-F 11:00am > 6:00pm
or visit www.RaniflyBikini.com