By: Alli Mancini & Chelbie Olivier-Smith Lynn University Contributing Writers
Boca Raton resident Olivia Duval created her own swimsuit line Simply Cheeky Bikinis in 2014.
For the first two years after Simply Cheeky launched, Duval handpicked every pattern, color and design while hand making every bikini.
The 20-year-old Lynn University student is originally from Connecticut and grew up watching her mother make a living stitching together her own drapery business.
“My mother is ultimately my best friend, she’s taught me how to market myself, while also assisting me in ways that I could improve my company,” she said. “Without her background of being able to sew, I probably would not have been able to pursue this.”
Duval was inspired to create her swimsuits true to size after being out on the court for beach volleyball. Duval wants to be able to provide women with affordable, high end swimwear while also feeling confident in their body and self-image allowing them to embrace their curves.
“The motto that I have created for my brand is ‘liv cheeky’ because wearing comfortable bathing suits while feeling beautiful is a lifestyle. Be you, don’t let anyone change you nor care about what anyone thinks,” said Duval. “I can keep up with competition because we are fair priced, and a nice product.”
Duval has a website where her bikinis are featured online, ready for purchase while also conducting pop-up events all throughout the coast of Florida. Duval has worked events for volleyball tournaments ranging from young girls to adult females, emphasizing that her bikinis are made for everyone. Full coverage bottoms are offered for her younger and older less cheeky customers. Duval is constantly offering discounts when she is at her events and offers discounts online.
“We are not currently in stores, but that is our next step. I want to be able to put my bathing suits in a store without a huge up-charge, but still allow myself and the store to make a profit,” said Duval. “At the end of the day, I plan to conquer the world, one cheek at a time.”
For more information on Duval’s swimsuit line or any retail opportunities, visit www.simplycheekybikinis.com or on Instagram at simplycheekybikinis.