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Interview with KEA Swimwear Designer: Patricia Kwok

PK and Kelli LinnWe had the pleasure of interviewing Patricia Kwok, Creator and Designer of KEA. We are slightly obsessed with her new line of swimwear and surf gear. Here is what she had to say.

Tell us more about KEA and your new line.

KEA is a surf-chic swimwear brand for the modern woman. The line was inspired by morning surf sessions in New York. KEAThe city-to-sea routine transcends in KEA’s minimal designs, where performance meets style so you can wear it to catch a wave or just the rays. The name KEA is inspired by a bird from New Zealand that is known for its intelligence and curiosity. The KEA woman definitely embodies those characteristics!

What’s your story? How did you get where you are today?

​I grew up in Hong Kong and was educated in the UK and the States. After graduating, I began working in the fashion industry and before creating KEA I worked as a merchandiser at Tory Burch in New York. A lot of my experiences are driven by my curiosity and strong sense of adventure. A few years ago, I would never have imagined myself designing a swimwear line, but I feel grateful to have so many supportive friends and family throughout this journey!

What inspired you to create KEA?

KEA was inspired by my surf travels. Having learned to surf in my mid-twenties, I traveled a lot to surf as a way to catch up for lost time. These trips were a great way to experience different cultures and meet new friends. However, I noticed there was a lack of high quality, stylish and functional gear out on the market made for active females. This gap inspired me to create KEA.

What do you love about surfing?

I love to surf and enjoy being in the ocean. No experience out in the ocean is ever the same and I think that’s what keeps me going back for more. Somedays, it feels incredibly exhilarating to be surfing and then there are days where I feel my limits are really pushed. I guess the idea is to embrace every day as it comes.

 What inspires you?

Having studied and created art as an undergrad, ​I have a great fondness towards all things creative. Recently, I saw an art exhibit in New York by the op/kinetic artist Jesus Rafael Soto. His meticulously constructed yet minimal pieces offered a lot of inspiration for the next photoshoot we are planning to do!

Favorite indulgence?

Ice cream!

Advice for other creative women?

I don’t think this applies to women only, but I often refer to this quote by Ira Glass:

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just nPkowk2ot that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

Go to KEAgear.com to view the entire collection and shop!

 

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Join Surf Like a Girl to support LA Waterkeeper

This Saturday 4-18-2015 come join us at Paradise Cove, CA for the annual SUP4cleanwater fundraiser. There will be races, raffles and a big beach party after. You can even rent a board from Pro-SUP and all proceeds go to keeping Santa Monica Bay clean.

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Book Review: Surf Site Tin Type by Joni Sternbach

JS.Surf.Cover_HRWe are absolutely in love with Joni Sternbach’s one-of-a-kind photographs featured in her book, Surf Site Tin Type. The book features romantic images of surfers posing beachside. The tintype process evokes an ethereal other-worldliness reminiscent of sepia-faded surf photographs from the 1960s. The Brooklyn-based photographer traveled the world, creating tintype portraits of contemporary surfers using the nineteenth-century wet-plate collodion process. Some of the surfer girls featured in the book include Holly Beck, Kassia Meador, Lakey Peterson, Mary Osborne, and Linda Benson; noted photo critic and historian Lyle Rexer, curator April M. Watson, Chris Malloy, and Johnny Abegg lend their words to the collection. Surf Site Tin Type would make a great gift for the surfer in your life, especially if that surfer is you.

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Kelly Slater for Pottery Barn Teen

While no longer teenagers, we still love Kelly Slater’s new signature collection at Pottery Barn Teen. The products feature sustainable and recyclable materials, as well as organic cottons. The furniture, pillows, and bedding are sophisticated enough that those of us well past our angsty teen years can appreciate their stylish simplicity.

Yes, it is true, we have a teenage style crush on Kelly Slater, but who doesn’t?  ks pb teen

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Whale Watching Adventure

DSC_0014Today my husband and I had the opportunity to cruise out into the Santa Monica Bay to do some whale watching. We traveled on a Travelzoo deal with Marina Del Rey Sportfishing. The boat was great and the crew was terrific. Plus, there were two whale educators on board to fill us in on various whale facts.DSC_0022 I am always a fan of seeing wildlife in it’s natural habitat rather than in captivity.  We saw quite a few fin whales, the second largest animal after the blue whale, but all at a distance.  As usual, the dolphins stole the show.DSC_0008

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If It’s Broke, Fix It with Patagonia!

web-feinblatt_e_0050_BPHow cool to see that Patagonia has announce The Worn Wear Mobile Tour, kicking off April 2 in Ventura, California, and ending May 12 in Boston, and encouraging customers to make clothes last a lifetime.

Staff from Patagonia’s repair facility in Reno, Nevada, will go on the road to offer free repairs on busted zippers, rips, tears, buttons, pulls and more—in addition to teaching people how to fix their own gear. Used Patagonia items will be for sale. The tour will be stopping at a myriad of locations such as retail locations, coffee shops, farmers markets and trailheads.

WORN WEAR SPRING 2015 TOUR

SAN FRANCISCO, CA // SATURDAY 4/4/15

Mollusk Surf Shop
4500 Irving ST 94122
Repairs // Buy Used // DIY Fix: 4 – 7 PM Special Screening: The Fisherman’s Son Showtime: 8 PM

SAN FRANCISCO, CA // TUESDAY 4/7/15

Four Barrel Coffee
375 Valencia ST 94103
Repairs // Buy Used // DIY Fix: 8 – 2 PM

SAN FRANCISCO, CA // TUESDAY 4/7/15

Yerdle Special After Party: 5:30 – 10 PM
501 York ST 94110
Repairs // Buy Used // DIY Fix: 5:30 – 6:30 PM

BEND, OR // FRIDAY 4/10/15

Smith Rock Trailhead
Smith Rock State Park, Terrebonne 97760
Repairs // Buy Used // DIY Fix: 9 AM – 5 PM

BEND, OR // SATURDAY 4/11/15

Smith Rock Trailhead
Smith Rock State Park, Terrebonne 97760
Repairs // Buy Used // DIY Fix: 9 AM – 5 PM

PORTLAND, OR // SUNDAY 4/12/15

Patagonia Portland
907 NW Irving ST 97209
Repairs // Buy Used // DIY Fix: 11 AM – 6 PM Happy Hour: 6:30 PM – 9 PM

SEATTLE, WA // WEDNESDAY 4/15/15

Feathered Friends
119 Yale Avenue North 98109
Repairs // Buy Used // DIY Fix: 12 – 7 PM Special Screening: Worn Wear Film Showtime: 7:30 PM

MOAB, UT // SATURDAY 4/18/15

TBD
Repairs // Buy Used // DIY Fix: 9 AM – 5 PM

MOAB, UT // SUNDAY 4/19/15

Love Muffin Café
139 North Main ST 84532
Repairs // Buy Used // DIY Fix: 8 AM – 2 PM

BOULDER, CO // WEDNESDAY 4/22/15

University of Colorado Boulder
University Memorial Center
1669 Euclid Ave 80309
Repairs // Buy Used // DIY Fix: 10 AM – 3 PM

BOULDER, CO // WEDNESDAY 4/22/15


Movement Boulder
2845 Valmont Rd Boulder 80301
Repairs // Buy Used // DIY Fix: 5 PM – 8 PM

FORT COLLINS, CO // THURSDAY 4/23/15

New Belgium Brewery

500 Linden ST 80524
Repairs // Buy Used // DIY Fix: 12 – 5 PM
Happy Hour: 5 – 7 PM
Special Screenings: Fisherman’s Son + Worn Wear Film Showtimes: 3, 5 and 7 PM

CHICAGO, IL // SUNDAY 4/26/15

Patagonia Lincoln Park
1800 North Clybourn 60614
Repairs // Buy Used // DIY Fix: 11 AM – 6 PM

NASHVILLE, TN // WEDNESDAY 4/29/15

Imogene + Willie
2601 12th Ave South 37204
Repairs // Buy Used // DIY Fix: 10 AM – 5 PM

NASHVILLE, TN // WEDNESDAY 4/29/15


Climb Nashville
3600 Charlotte Ave 37209
Pint Night Happy Hour: 7 PM – 10 PM

ASHEVILLE, NC // FRIDAY 5/1/15

RiverLink Music Festival
144 Riverside Dr 28801
Repairs // Buy Used // DIY Fix: 5 PM – 10 PM

RALEIGH, NC // SUNDAY 5/3/15

UNC-Chapel-Hill
Corner of South Road and Raleigh ST 27899
Repairs // Buy Used // DIY Fix: 11 AM – 5 PM

RALEIGH, NC // TUESDAY 5/5/15
Great Outdoor Provision Co.
2017 Cameron ST 27605
Repairs // Buy Used // DIY Fix: 11 AM – 5 PM Happy Hour: 5 – 7 PM

FAYETTEVILLE, WV // THURSDAY 5/7/15

Water Stone Outdoors
101 Wiseman Ave 25840
Repairs // Buy Used // DIY Fix: 10 AM – 5 PM

BROOKLYN, NY // SATURDAY 5/9/15

Pilgrim Surf
68 North 3rd ST Brooklyn 11249
Repairs // Buy Used // DIY Fix: 11AM – 5 PM Special Screening: The Fisherman’s Son Showtime: 8 PM

NYC, NY // SUNDAY 5/10/15

Patagonia SoHo Store
72 Greene ST 10012
Repairs // Buy Used // DIY Fix: 11 AM – 5 PM

BOSTON, MA // TUESDAY 5/12/15

Patagonia Boston
346 Newbury ST 02115
Repairs // Buy Used // DIY Fix: 11 AM – 5 PM

 

Photo credit: Erin Feinblatt

 

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