Last year Chapman at Sea received a last minute request from a local Miami photographer for a surfboard bag for an upcoming photo shoot. A lot of brands shoot their summer styles around Miami since it usually looks sunny and tropical here, even in winter.
The only bag we had on hand was a Stormy Stubbs, so after some quick coordinating, off it went for the shoot. We didn't know much about what was in store for the bag at the time. The photos turned out to be for Next - a major retailer, originally from the UK, that also has a huge online store and ships pretty much everywhere.
Here are a few photos from the Next Directory. Looks like they used it (very appropriately) for showing off a flamingo covered look. It's always fun to see our bags being styled and shot by the pros, and this was no exception. For more info on ordering a bag like this one, send us an email.
Here's a clip from a few weeks ago with a few guys getting some nice rides. There were lots of friendly long boarders out this day and plenty of good rides to be had.
Some really nice waves rolled through our home town last week. Here are some shots from the inlet from February 12-14. If you happened to be there too maybe you'll see yourself!
It's an exciting day today because we get to announce something new that's been in the works for a long time. Meet Wild Wolf Collective, an online shop based in Western Australia that offers beautiful, mostly handmade gear and accessories for all the sun-seekers out there
When their founder Chella approached us last year to create some exclusive styles for them, we were beyond happy to join in. The resulting "Mandala" surfboard bags are something we're really proud of - they're a little different from our usual aztec patterned bags. The prints are more feminine, flowing & free. Wild Wolf Collective is the exclusive purveyor of these designs, and it's been tough keeping them under wraps while the shop came together.
The new store has a really good feeling about it. It probably has a lot to do with the inspiring person behind it all. In Chella's words...
A Wild Wolf Collective girl breathes in inspiration and exudes radiant joy, taking time to listen to her heart, feed her spirit and nurture her soul. She is consciously present and passionate to live – loving music, nature, the feeling of salt in her hair and sand between her toes, she rocks her own individual style!
We are definitely into that!
Besides stocking all the original Sandbags, WWC also has the entire "Palms Collection" and a special "Sailor" bag with watery blue stripes and a nude leather nose.
Thanks to Chella & WWC for bringing Chapman at Sea to Australia!
Our great customers have been sending in some really good photos lately of their Chapman at Sea gear. Check these out and send us your own to be featured too. We love sharing them.
Mayu @omnomnomc5 had a beautiful wedding in Australia earlier this year and included her dog, perfectly attired and sporting the grey suede leash.
Kristen in PA sent us this shot of her wonderfully fluffy pup evaluating the blush leather leash. Hopefully the decision was favorable because we think the color looks great with his fur.
Bec @becyd and Kurt @kdwalkstagram wrapping up summer in Australia with the Explorer. Looks like a good time - wouldn't mind being there at all!
Our feature on Dirtbag Darling left us with a bunch of photos in and around the house and studio that didn't make the cut. So here they are as a little tour of the Chapman at Sea workspace.
The first thing people usually comment on when they come here is how light and bright everything is. It's partly because everything is white (a blank canvas helps us with our creativity!) but also partly because the large windows let in lots of that Florida sunshine.
The best thing about our place? The Atlantic Ocean right across the street. We hope to always be close to the thing that provides us with fun, relaxation and so much inspiration.
Megan Villa works for Billabong and takes beautiful photos in and around the sea. She snapped this great shot of the Stubbs board bag with Billabong team rider Lindsay Perry at Pismo Sand Dunes last month. Love the washed out colors, the silver water & pale green grasses. Just the kind of scene that inspired the colors of the Stormy Stubbs. Thanks Megan!
A couple months back we sent some board bags to Billabong so some of their team girls could use them on an epic road trip they were planing. Today they shared the first photo from the adventure and we're stoked to see our bags there in the shot.
A few years ago we spent about a year living on the road in a vintage airstream ourselves, so this trip has us dreaming of being back there again.
A few things that happened in the past couple weeks, on our instagram
It's been a busy month. We finished our biggest order to date, as seen on our dining room table above.
Despite that, there was some time to get to the beach. That's the beach passage by our place, looking out onto the street. If just leaving the beach doesn't make you feel like you're headed back to the real world on it's own, walking through this tunnel of trees will.
And there's Joe, on the beach, sleepy from a long day of reef-building (his other job).