AGE: 33. LIVES IN: Rogers Park. ORIGINALLY FROM: Paris, France. CLAIM TO FAME: Founder and creator of fleur.de.lune (Fleurdelunemalas.com), a customizable mala necklace and bracelet line that launched last year. ON A JOURNEY: Ranoux grew up between Paris and Boston, went to school in Florida and lived in LA before moving to Chicago last month. Her career has bounced around, too: After obtaining a degree in social work, she went back to school for holistic nutrition. “I’m a spiritual person,” she says. “I got my training in yoga, and it started building [from there].” PIECE BY PIECE: For the last decade, Ranoux has been making malas (the word means “garland” in Sanskrit). “They’re used as prayer beads,” she explains. “Similar to a rosary, where you recite your prayers on each bead and go all the way around, you have an intention for yourself or a mantra, like ‘I am good’ or ‘I love.’ You hold it in your hand and meditate on that mantra for each bead going around.” STARTING OUT: “You can buy malas other places, but a lot of people were asking me if they could make it more personal, because they had a specific intention for themselves,” Ranoux says. With the idea in mind, Ranoux linked up with her sister-in-law, LA-based tarot card reader to the stars Angie Banicki, to make a business of it. THE PROCESS: To make a mala (starting at $150), shoppers fill out a questionnaire about which colors speak to them and what intention they’d like to call upon — think “I want to find love.” Then, Ranoux sends a list of gemstones to choose from, like tiger’s eye, rose quartz and aquamarine. Finally, Banicki uses the customer’s intention, full name and birthdate to pull tarot cards for a personalized energy reading that gets packaged with the mala. “With your reading, you get an explanation of each gemstone, what it means and what chakras are related to it,” Ranoux says. MIRACLE WORKER: Don’t worry if, after a few years of use, your mala breaks. “It means your intention has been given to the world,” Ranoux says. “It signifies a breakthrough.”
Photo by Ramzi Dreessen; Shot on location at Low Res Studio (1821 W. Hubbard)
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