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3 New Englanders founded a sustainable swimwear company for women. Suits are reversible and designed with real women's bodies in mind.
223 backers pledged $21,135 to help bring this project to life.
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We are so excited to introduce you to Ricki Rum, your new favorite swimwear brand! After a successful soft launch in 2018, this is our second round of suits. All of our suits are reversible (2-in-1), made of recycled materials and designed with real women's bodies in mind. 

Marissa & Ella in the 'Newport' one-piece. Lauren in the 'Gansett' top and 'Block Island' bottoms.
Marissa & Ella in the 'Newport' one-piece. Lauren in the 'Gansett' top and 'Block Island' bottoms.

Our suits are made from Italian fabrics and are assembled in the United States. Each design is reversible and constructed to flatter real body types. Mix-and-match suit sets allow you to create your own style. It’s important to us that you find a suit you love that also celebrates your individuality. 

1 top, 2 ways to wear it! Sarah & Natalie rocking our 'Barrington' top.
1 top, 2 ways to wear it! Sarah & Natalie rocking our 'Barrington' top.

Our suits are made from ECONYL®, which is fabric made from regenerated waste (discarded fishing nets, ocean plastic, etc.) 

From ECONYL®: "For every 10,000 tons of ECONYL® raw material, we are able to save 70,000 barrels of crude oil." It also reduces the global warming impact of nylon by up to 80% compared with the material from oil. 

Ocean conservation is crucial to our ethos; it's important to us that we take care of the waters we grew up on and around the world. As our company grows, we aim to become a 100% sustainable business. 

The 'Barrington' top and 'Tiverton' bottoms.
The 'Barrington' top and 'Tiverton' bottoms.

Ricki Rum was born after a night in New York City revealed our aspirations to develop a swimwear line to call our own. Not having any fashion experience, we didn't know where to start, but after two and half years, a lot of hard work and unwavering determination - we're here! 

Lauren, Marissa, & Ella in the 'Newport' one-piece.
Lauren, Marissa, & Ella in the 'Newport' one-piece.

All native Rhode Islanders, our suits are inspired by our New England summers on the water. We are lifetime consumers and first-time designers, so our goal with our designs is to make women feel beautiful and comfortable. We will always listen to our customers' feedback and take it into consideration during our design process.  

This whole experience is very close to our hearts, so we wanted to weave our roots into all parts of our business, including our name. Ricki Rum, the nickname of one of our founder's late father, is a combination of his first name and the street (Rumstick) he lived on for years. Our logo is in his handwriting, one of the many ways his inspiration is incorporated into our business.  

Here's where you come in! Pledge any amount listed on the page and receive the prize associated with it, easy as that! Thank you for helping us make our dreams come true!

xx,

The Ricki Rum Founders: Lauren, Marissa, & Ella 

Sarah, Vallyn, Natalie, Jillian, Nicole, Sarah, Bukie, & Julie wearing Ricki Rum season 2!
Sarah, Vallyn, Natalie, Jillian, Nicole, Sarah, Bukie, & Julie wearing Ricki Rum season 2!
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The 'Barrington' Top

The 'Newport' One-piece 

The 'Jamestown' Top (lightly padded, adjustable straps)

The 'Gansett' Top and 'Block Island' Bottoms (lightly padded top, full coverage bottoms)

The 'Tiverton' Bottoms (side tie, cheeky coverage)

Risks and challenges

Thank you for backing us! As a startup we are still learning and working out the kinks. We self-funded our first line, and now we are bringing season 2 to you through Kickstarter. Once you pledge we'll send you a survey to choose your suit style/size/color. We have two swimsuit bottoms, three tops, and 1 one-piece for you to choose from as well as 6 color ways.

Our manufacturer is located in NY, NY so we oversee the whole manufacturing process. We worked with him on our first line and on all of our samples, he's the best (and sticks to timelines!)! Our fabric ships from Italy and has a lead time of 2-3 weeks. We source all of our other materials domestically. Depending on when we hit our campaign goal will dictate when we can kick-off the production process.

Manufacturing risks: We know we have tight turn-around times for a late March/April delivery, but will do our best to fulfill your orders as efficiently as possible.

Shipping risks: We're confident we'll ship by the end of April (hopefully sooner!), but we can't predict any weather or mail delays.

Other risks: There are things we can't control or know ahead of time, but we have all of our moving parts aligned for the timelines we promised!

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    Insta Shoutout (give just to give!)

    Maybe you're not in the market for a new swimsuit, but you want to support a women-led startup! We are so grateful! We'll make sure all of our followers know you supported us on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

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    Ricki Rum Hat

    Rep Ricki Rum all the time with our baseball cap!

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    Ricki Rum Swimsuit at Wholesale Price

    Order one of our eco-friendly, reversible swimsuits!

    After pledging we'll send you an email within a few weeks to get your style, size, and color preference.

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    TWO Ricki Rum Suits

    Get 2 Ricki Rum suits at 5% off of wholesale price!

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    Ricki Rum Legend!

    3 Ricki Rum suits and the opportunity to work with us to create a style and print for next season!

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    The RR OGs

    Thank you to our OGs! You'll get to order of one our bathing suits at 10% off wholesale price!
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    All of our suits are reversible (2 suits in 1!) with fabric made out recycled ocean plastic. Look good. Feel good.

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    Ricki Rum BFF

    Get 2 Ricki Rum suits at 11% off of the wholesale price! Get one for you and one for your bestie (or just keep them both for yourself ;)

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