Imagine the look of sheer joy and dreams fulfilled on the face of your child when she opens her holiday gift to find a genuine swimmable mermaid tail from The2Tails. How can you miss that?
The2Tails founder, Ely Pouget, describes herself as a person who’s “good at what I’m passionate about and kinda bad at what I’m not. So it’s the passion I have for kids and the art of our tails that’s a big part of what’s made our business a success.”
The2Tails was born after Pouget and her twin daughters combined a pair of sweatpants with a cut-up yoga mat back in 2007.
Nine years later, using only eco-friendly materials, shimmery, resilient fabric and exquisite American craftsmanship, The2Tails offers the best mono-fin on the market—guaranteed. As she says, “If it breaks, we replace it. Period.”
Imagine undulating through the water just like a real mermaid. Mermaids are so cool!
Any swimmer can use these comfortable tails for a truly magical swimming experience. Designed to be neutrally buoyant, they do not sink or drag the swimmer down.
And the tails are safe. They’re as easily doffed as a wet bikini bottom.
Pouget sees mermaid tails as so much more than a novelty pool toy. She says, “When we started, I didn’t know the tails would help transform people’s lives. As my daughters used these tails, I watched them become inspired, resilient, independent and imaginative. They have become strong young women and storytellers. These tails are tools for growth.”
Twins Sofia and Natasha Garreton, along with their friend Marlena Lerner, starred in their own YouTube video series and later the award-winning feature film directed by their father, Andres Garreton, trending on Netflix: The3Tails: A Mermaid Adventure. Today, at just 17 years old, they’ve started Lumahai Swimwear to design their sporty swimwear line
Each exclusive swimmable mermaid tail is based on the fanciful paintings of Ely’s step-daughter, Catalina Garreton, which are then transferred to a four-way stretch, heavyweight fabric.
In 2014, Pouget received a request for a prosthetic mermaid tail for a 7-year-old amputee who wanted to swim. No one had ever tried to do that. She jumped at the chance.
Pouget founded The Mermaid Foundation with her daughters and husband, Andres Garreton. It is dedicated to providing real, swimmable mermaid tails and accessories for amputees and the differently-abled. Now they too can enjoy the fun, freedom and magic of swimming as mermaids.
One foundation client told Pouget, “If they are going to stare at me when I get into the water, I want them to stare for a reason.”
If you have a mermaid in your life, check out The2Tails mermaid shop in Burbank for all things mermaid. Sizes range from child to adult. Mermen and merboys are welcome too!
Dreams do come true, and this may just be the perfect gift for the holidays!
The2Tails and Lumahai Swimwear store are located at 3410 W. Burbank Blvd., in Burbank.
Mention “The Tolucan Times” to get your mystery gift from The2Tails.
Also visit The2Tails.com or call (323) 84-TAILS/(323) 848-2457.
They will be open Saturdays during the holiday season, so check the website for special hours.
Also visit LumahaiSwimwear.com and Instagram: @lumahaiswimwear.
The Mermaid Foundation can be found at MermaidFoundationInc.org.
Note: this article was published originally in the Tolucan Times on 11/23/2016.