I bought my very first surfboard a couple weeks ago! It’s an 8’2″ longboard (like the long one above, but not painted), sustainably made by Firewire Surfboards. I discovered these boards on a trip to Costa Rica last month, where I was able to test it out for an entire week at the place I was staying. From the very first day I took it out, I was in love. Not only is the board beautiful and durable (covered in bamboo), but it felt so much more balanced and easy to pop-up on than any board I’d ever ridden. Their Timbertek boards also are some of the least toxic and have the smallest carbon footprints of any commercially available surfboard today.
The model I got is the Submoon, which is described on the company website here:
The SUBMOON is the ultimate FUNshape. Designer Nev Hyman explains: “We combined a contemporary rocker and concaves and even thickness distribution with a quirky FUNshape outline that encourages a more vertical shortboard approach to the traditional longboard style of surfing. The outline has generous curve between your feet, which encourages the board to get on rail and TURN! The narrower moon tail provides bite, drive and direction, and the snub nose carries area forward for a bit of tip hang-cheater five FUN.
So far, I’ve only been able to take it out a couple times (Long Beach, NY), but it felt great. Hopefully I’ll have more news to report soon and pics of me actually riding my beauty.
There are very few skateboard decks that I really find tastefully done and beautiful. I’ll assume it’s just because as an adult woman, I’m just not in their main sales demographic.
Street artist, Magda Love and the lovely, ripping female skateboarder, Anna May Dutton created a collaboration skateboard deck to honor Anna May joining the Shut NYC team. I absolutely LOVE how it came out and would pick one up in a heartbeat, but unfortunately this is just a one-off promotional art piece. Congrats ladies! Such nice work. Check out the awesome promo video they made:
Supakitch is a Brooklyn based artist from France who draws the most fantastical, dreamy images. He works on everything from skin (tattoos) to murals and everything in between. Today, on Instagram, he posted the most beautiful lotus flower covered skateboard deck (top left). I would love this board and I really wish he’d put it into production because I’d snatch it up in a second. It seems to be a one-off for a Vice art exhibition. He’s also done some really beautiful surfboards as well.
BRVTVS is a New York based fine jewelry studio run by my friend, Caroline Ventura. Caroline hand-crafts every stunning piece in her studio. I love the honest and understated, yet sophisticated simplicity of her pieces.
Caroline and I first connected over our dogs! We have the same breed dog (Wirehaired Pointing Griffon). Her Darryl is about six months older than my Lola, so when Lola was a puppy she was my invaluable puppy-counselor when my pup was going through her growing pains.
Check out Caroline’s dreamy Instagram.
I recently met up with NYC based artist, Lincoln Mayne, a friend of a friend. We chatted about life as a creative in business stuff. He makes art. The kind you look at and the kind you use. I especially love this shirt.
Bailey Doesn’t Bark is the handmade ceramics studio of my friend Re Jin Lee. Each of her pieces is hand crafted by her and one-of-a-kind. Her pieces are stunning, standing alone as objects, but even better as functional vessels and hangers for jewelry.
Alissia is a talented NYC based product designer who works with a variety of materials, including plastics and natural leathers. She works with a range of production methods, from 3D printing and laser cutting to hand crafted, always finding new and unexpected uses for materials. I love how the planter basket suddenly makes the ubiquitous terra cotta pot into a design object.
This summer, I took the most amazing vacation to Sicily! My maternal grandma was Sicilian and I’d always dreamt of seeing where that side of the family came from. We drove around for two weeks, visiting some of the most beautiful towns on the island. Everywhere we went was unique in its own way. I’d go back in a heartbeat.
I recently came across Brooklyn based artist, Maya Hayuk’s killer mural on Houston and the Bowery. I’m so in love with her work.
Mimi K. is one of my best friends. We met over ten years ago, studying industrial design at Pratt Institute. She is a very talented Turkish designer with a unique perspective on design. She is based in Brooklyn and mostly designs products for the home. Here are a couple of her pieces and they are both available for purchase on her website. *I’m lucky enough to own both of them.