“I think my first trip to Hawaii was a vacation in Kauai,” mused Carolyn Murphy. “I was immediately captivated by the greenery and lush tropical land — as if I could see and feel the breath of the earth.” This is a confession shared by her design partners. Today, right on International Surfing Day, the surf-loving and environmental-loving supermodel will debut Surf’s Up, her second high-end collection with Lela Becker and Tim Kaeding of Los Angeles-based denim brand Mother. This is also 60% Mother’s third release, signifying the brand’s collections are primarily made of vintage and second-hand textiles.
For the 12-piece capsule, which includes patchwork tapestries ponchos, Hawaiian shirts, ribbed panties, and a beach jacket, Murphy found the ideal contemplative look in three uncles. hers, who flew between Hawaii and California in the 1970s chasing the waves. One, Bob, designed the logos for Op and Hang Ten, keeping Murphy, who grew up on the beaches of Florida’s Gulf Coast, in surf gear. “It’s only a matter of time,” Murphy said. “I have always longed for that freedom.”
“Everything is so seamless with Carolyn,” said Kaeding, a Honolulu regular with his wife’s Hawaiian roots dating back to the 18th century. “She has a very distinct aesthetic, and we also see those 70s eyes and California-inspired direction, which is Mother Nature.” According to Becker, he first came to Maui when he was 8 years old and visits Hanalei every year with his family. “I think Californians are naturally drawn to that spirit and the sheer beauty, vegetation, and landscape that the islands have to offer,” she said. “What if you don’t love me?”
The best part: $50,000 of the proceeds from the partnership will be donated to Alliance Save The Waves. “Surfing has been a part of Carolyn’s life since she was a young girl, and it’s important to her and to us that the collection supports an organization that preserves the ecosystem,” Becker said. surf. After all, summer wouldn’t be the same without the beach, Kaeding adds. With that in mind, we asked Murphy, who has emerged as a champion of sustainability, to share some of her inspiration, design philosophy — and of course, a few favorite styles. her favorite from the Surf’s Up collection.
You have collaborated with many brands, from Shinola to Adeam. What lessons did you learn from each? How have you approached your work with Mother differently — or not?
What I’ve learned from the different collaborations I’ve done is that a lot of the work is focused on one category. The design process has many layers, but the end goal is to create something that people want and you are proud to put your name on. It’s all about teamwork and that goes for any brand. This second collection with Mom is as heartfelt as the first as we are excited about the collaboration and use of high-tech garments. It feels like a responsible and exciting challenge we have for ourselves and the fashion community: lead by example. I love the ease and fun of what we’ve created both times, and the agreement to the laid-back American style.
You seem to have a great eye for design, whether it’s fashion or interiors. Where do you think that comes from?
I’ll credit my nana for my eye in design and interiors — she’s classy and an artist. I have also traveled abroad since I was young and in my career I have been exposed to different people, cultures and destinations, which has influenced and developed my personal style. I. It all comes down to how I thrive on inspiration and creativity.
“Sustainability” is a scary word for some, who may not know how or where to start. What does sustainability mean to you and what are some of your sustainability practices?
I find it intimidating to be labeled or claimed anything around sustainability. We live in a world where talking is a complete fantasy for most people, but adapting to simple lifestyle choices is one way to start. Buying used — whether it’s cars, clothes, or furniture — is a great starting point for recycling. Reuse items like bags and glass jars. Reduce waste by shopping at farmers markets, composting your kitchen waste, and skipping single-use plastics.
Many items in the collection are upgraded. Aside from sustainability, what about classic appeals to you?
Vintage is fascinating because the hunt for pieces can be surprising; There’s a history around most garments and the challenge of remaking them is fun.
When did you start surfing, and what is the importance of surfing in your life?
I started surfing continuously in my twenties, but since I come from a family of surfers and grew up around the water, it was only a matter of time. I’ve always loved the surfing and skating culture (boys too). My three uncles live in California and surf Rincon, and it dictates their lifestyle, which I’ve always wanted. My uncle Bob has designed logos for OP, Hang Ten, Lightning Bolt and other big brands. He unfortunately passed away a few years ago, but already such a legend. His best friend is Mark Richards, and he dated the Duke. He would show me pictures and tell stories about their travels. I’ve always longed for that freedom, and once I tasted it in Costa Rica in 1998, that’s it!
Describe your perfect Hawaiian day and what Mom items would bring you there.
My perfect Hawaiian day starts with golden sunrises, fruit platters, roosters crowing, yoga, windsurfing and surfing — specifically, going windsurfing with my girlfriends in Oahu. An afternoon beach day in Kona’s Waipio Valley or Hanalei on Kauai, followed by some exploration — I love hiking the Nepal Coast or sailing along the coast, stopping for a swim in between. ocean — and gather with friends and family for the evening, perhaps enjoying fish tacos or fish burritos at The Little Mermaid Café. I will have every Mom item from the collection, starting with[utm_source|[utm_campaign|[utm_medium|[gclid|[msclkid|[fbclid|[refdomain|[content_id|ff4f354d-0fbe-4ea6-ac01-3ee02428ee19[content_product_id|[product_retailer_id|” data-vars-ga-call-to-action=”striped romper set” data-product-url=”https://go.redirectingat.com/?id=74968X1525074&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.motherdenim.com%2Fcollections%2Fmother-x-carolyn-murphy%2Fproducts%2Fthe-itty-bitty-surf-tee-sunshine-on-my-shoulders&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.elle.com%2Fpreview%2FeyJpZCI6ImZmNGYzNTRkLTBmYmUtNGVhNi1hYzAxLTNlZTAyNDI4ZWUxOSIsInR5cGUiOiJjb250ZW50IiwidmVyc2lvbiI6MCwidmVyc2lvbmVkIjpmYWxzZSwidmVyc2lvbl9jcmVhdGVkX2F0IjoiIn0%3D%2F&xcust=%5Butm_source%7C%5Butm_campaign%7C%5Butm_medium%7C%5Bgclid%7C%5Bmsclkid%7C%5Bfbclid%7C%5Brefdomain%7C%5Bcontent_id%7Cff4f354d-0fbe-4ea6-ac01-3ee02428ee19%5Bcontent_product_id%7C%5Bproduct_retailer_id%7C” data-affiliate-url=”” data-vars-ga-product-brand=”go.redirectingat.com” data-vars-ga-product-id=”5d902430-1bb4-4318-8f09-905cd2d00fa8″ data-vars-ga-product-price=”0.00″ data-vars-ga-product-sem3-brand=”go.redirectingat.com” data-vars-ga-product-sem3-category=”” data-vars-ga-product-sem3-id=”” data-affiliate-network=”” data-vars-ga-media-type=””>striped romper set. I’d probably throw on the tank dress at some point in the day at the beach, cover up in my mini caftan as the day cools off, and put on my Hawaiian shorts or mini at night.
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