In our second blog, we told you the stories behind the names that are given to our bikini tops. This time we will tell you about the women from the bikini bottoms and one pieces.
Who is ILONA?
Ilona is Emma’s grandmother from Emma’s father’s side. She was actually born in Indonesia and was raised in The Netherlands. She became a mom at a young age. Being a teen-mom and of Indonesian heritage in the Netherlands in the 50s is not a great place to start out. However, she figured it out; raising three sons (close in age) and working as a nurse in the hospital. She’s a vivid line-dancer, displays great craftmanship in her 3D-cards and still plays the PlayStation. Granny Ilona is an absolute bundle of joy!
Who is ABI?
Abi is an incredible strong lady. She’s very hardworking and knows her way around a toolbox. Abi has renovated her own home. And not just painting it; no restructuring a whole ornament ceiling, pushing cables trough the wall, installing a kitchen and a bathroom.. the whole deal! Amazing right? No damsel in destress here! O and by the way, she did it all while also working fulltime as a doctor. Yep.
Who is LUCIA?
Lucia came from Cape Verde to work in the Netherlands to support her family back home. She works in home care, taking care of the elder, she raised her (grand)children and she also cleans houses multiple hours a week and in the weekend. If she’s not able to help you out, she sends her sisters, her cousins, her nieces, her daughter. Every lady in the family is part of Lucia’s business. So needless to say, she deserves her name up here.
Who is MARISA?
Marisa is pretty (and as diva-ish) as a show pony and has the work ethic of a plow horse. Once her direction is set; she gets crazy ambitious and there is no way of stopping her. If that train leaves the station, you better be on it! She’s super mega loyal and will drop her stuff in a heartbeat to save your day. For instance she worked 12 hours behind the scenes for a certain fashion show (ahem. We’re very super organized at Barbarossa Bay) and all it took was one S.O.S.-text.
Who is ALINE?
Aline is Barbarossa Bay’s freelance designer. As you can see: she knows what’s good! Her creative brain has guided us through forming Barbarossa Bays first collection, and without her experience and smart ways we could not have you provided with all the possibilities there are within this collection to adjust the tops to a perfect fit for your bosom. That is all Aline’s juju-magic touch. Say “Thank you, Aline!”.
Who is JENNY?
Jenny is Lottie’s mum. Jenny stepped in when Lottie decided to get reschooled into a teacher. She took care of Daffy and Emma and taught them English (without herself even knowing) by letting them watch The Loveboat, The Bold & The Beautiful, Days of our Lives and all the more important shows on tv. She gave Emma (on repeated request) her first smoke when she was 8 years old, to teach her that smoking isn’t a great habit. And yes: she also taught all the girls, – Lottie, Daffy and Emma – how to hustle and to maintain your financial affairs. Quite the badass.
Who is EMMA?
Emma is the stubborn head strong lady that founded Barbarossa Bay, So she took it upon herself to name an item after herself. Sure. Napoleon would probably have done the same thing.
So that’s the story behind all the names that were given to the Barbarossa Bay products.
Feel free to let us know which Barbarossa Bay-lady you are!