Fashion-conscious visitors will
soon be able to keep paradise close to their hearts with the introduction of a
new Cayman Islands bikini.
The Heidi Klein-designed beachwear
will go on sale from November through the upscale UK fashion house, following a
link-up between the Department of Tourism and the world-famous fashion label.
The bikini features unique local
stone Caymanite, which is being provided by local artist Launa Green in the
form of beads which connect the various parts of the beachware.
“Some of the ladies from Heidi
Klein had been told about my work from the Department of Tourism, so they came
to Market at the Grounds to see my work. They were really happy with it, so
they asked me if I could supply them,” said Ms Green, who also supplies several
Island Companies stores.
She added that her works also
feature Caymanite sculptures, some of which she and her two co-workers mix with
black coral as bases, as well as pendants, earrings and more intricate animal
“Basically we can make anything out
of the Caymanite, as a focal piece, as spacers, or mixed with silver and
14-carat gold. I felt really excited to be going international with our Caymanite.
We’re getting out there and a lot more people are actually asking for it now.
“Caymanite has so much colour; you
don’t know what you’re going to get until you dig it up. You can get circles,
lines straight through – it’s really nice to work with, but you have to be
careful because it sometimes has fractures in it. You learn something new about
it every day that you work it.”
The beads, explained the artist,
come from Mary Boxall, who supplies Ms Green with the raw materials from which
According to Don McDougall of the
Department of Tourism, Europe, the link-up with Heidi Klein is a good way to present
Cayman to the world. To coincide with the bikini introduction, a catalogue
photo shoot was scheduled on-island in order to showcase the beauty of the
“To add to the
consumer awareness, we encouraged Heidi Klein to shoot their annual catalogue
in Cayman and that photo shoot is, in itself, being featured by two major UK
magazines, one being Conde Nast Traveller. So we thought of the idea, introduced
actual business to a local merchant and will gain wide exposure for Cayman
without significant investment.”