ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– The Olympics have come and gone but for one St. Louisan she is focusing on the 2016 summer games because her company will be front and center on American athletes.
Andrea Robinson has been competing in triathlons for 15 years, but didn’t feel very feminine racing in what was available for female athletes at the time, so she changed that.
She started designing her own suits and named it Triflare.
Her company didn’t start making traction until she applied for an Arch Grant in 2013, $50,000 awarded to 20 different local companies to stimulate growing entrepreneurs in the St. Louis area.
She won in 2013, but the Arch Grant didn’t kick in until June of 2013. Robinson knew exactly what athlete she wanted to invest in to help Triflare develop, so she reached out to triathlete Alesha Kay.
On the race circuit, people started to talk. People started to ask what all the flare was about and someone who was married to the director of synchronized swimming asked to get in touch with Robinson so she could present her fashions to the Olympic committee.
The U.S. always has a pair competing in the Olympic Games, so Triflare will be in the water representing the Show Me State.
And with an international stage like the Olympics showing off their U.S. flare and a contract signed through 2017, this entrepreneur may be developing her company even further, doing what she loves best, helping women show off with a little flare.