It’s no surprise that someone born on an island and raised near the beaches of Miami would be inspired to create one of the hottest swimsuit lines in the industry. Luli Fama, co-owned by Lourdes and her brother-in-law Augusto Hanimian, launched their first sun-seeking collection in 1993, just three years after they first met. In 2003 Luli Fama was established and now the luxurious line includes cover-ups, embellished and Caribbean-inspired monokinis and bikinis bearing the signature ruched-back bottoms, and recently dresses. Her designs have been spotted on the pages of major publications and the bodies of Hollywood mavens such as Beyonce, the Kardashians, Bar Rafaeli and Sports Illustrated cover-model Irina Shayk.
Where were you born ?
How long in Miami:
I was raised in Miami from age 6
Co-Swimsuit designer for Luli Fama
Right now, it’s Mandolin Aegean Bistro. I love the candlelit courtyard and the food is amazing!
Best Ethnic Food:
Sra Martinez for great tapas and Rosa Mexicana has the best guacamole
Café Ragazzi, Sardinia’s and Il Gabbiano
Best place for late night dining:
My kitchen if I’m good, Primo Pizza if I’m bad
Oven roasted pear at Ragazzi and anything at Barton G if you’re in a large group
Best Sunday brunch:
Poolside at the W, South Beach
Best place for a power business meeting:
All-around favorite spot in Miami:
The beautiful beaches
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
The Gansevoort, W Hotel South Beach or Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Christian Louboutin for shoes and Lulifama.com for the best bikinis!
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
I don’t buy my own jewelry but for fun watches check out Louvett.com
Favorite Cultural Event:
Favorite Cultural Institution:
Adrienne Arsht Center of the Performing Arts
My husband’s steaks grilled on our own Argentinean grill. The best!!Miami is like no other city, with beautiful beaches, incredible energy, great diversity of people and year-round bikini season!
Pizzeria Blu, South Miami
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
Bally’s. Probably not the best, but the most convenient
Mandarin Oriental & Standard Spa
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
Anything to help kids stay out of trouble. Last year Luli Fama donated gift bags to be auctioned at Roy & Lea Black’s Gala
Wynwood Walls, some which are painted by my youngest son, Mike. Talented artists from all around the world come to paint
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens especially when they have the orchid exhibit
Sushi Samba on Lincoln Road
Best place for a romantic date:
Picnic under the stars during a jazz concert at Fairchild Tropical Gardens.