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INSPIRATION SPOTLIGHT: EMILY & SAM OF BASTA SURF

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE LADIES, THEIR STYLE AND THE GRAY MALIN X BASTA SURF COLLECTION

Courtesy of the Gray Malin Blog

Left: Emily, Right: Samantha

The Gray Malin X Basta Surf collaboration is inspired by two prints from Gray Malin's A la Plage series, Lisbon Umbrella and Coogee Wave. The collection features beautiful one pieces and bikinis that capture the essence of the imagery's timeless moments spent at the beach, while remaining wearable and highlighting Basta Surf's trademark silhouettes. Each piece is effortlessly aspirational and extremely versatile, perfect for fellow sun-seekers and glamorous globetrotters. To learn more, check out this WWD interview that the ladies and Gray did in anticipation of the release.

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Ladies, won't you please tell us a bit more about yourselves?

"I live in Chelsea, NY NY with my two kids, two dogs and husband. I am also the Creative Director for Basta Surf. I grew up in Naples Florida in a family of chefs and we TRAVEL to EAT! I was raised in the kitchen and really love to cook. I love the beach and the water. Now taking my kids to play at the beach reminds me of my childhood." - Emily

"And, I'm Sam. I'm the Creative Director at Basta Surf and live in Williamsburg, NY. I love to travel, surf and spend as much time at the beach as possible with my baby boy Otis."

When talking decor at home and in the studio, the two had this to say about their styles...

Sam began with, "I love to have a really open bright space. My home is really modern & beachy but still warm. I also have tons of greenery – I love to have plants and flowers everywhere as long as they’re not pink! "

Here she is at home with her A la Plage print, Hamptons Montauk Swimmers.

Her reasoning behind choosing this print for her home?

"I not only loved the deep green in this image but have surfed and spent tons of time in MONTAUK - I love the vibe there."

As for Emily, she explained her decor as...

"More is MORE for me! I can layer up a space in a Miles Redd, Kelly Wearsler, Celerie Kemble kind of way! I love modern furniture, bold colors, rich metals and natural elements to add texture and warmth. The playfulness of Lisbon Umbrellas fits perfectly into my everyday life, especially in the kitchen! The ease of the repeat and the colors are what I look to for inspiration! ...

However, in our studio, we keep the decor clean and crisp. It helps us to think more clearly and find inspiration season after season. The Coogee Wave is so fitting for our space as we get lost in the dream of travel. Basta is about traveling, being barefoot, sophistication and fun; which we see in this photograph."

When asked what connected them to Lisbon and Coogee in particular for the collection, they explained...

"For Lisbon, Sam has traveled there to surf and loved the colorful elements of the culture, which made Lisbon Umbrellas a natural choice. Overall, though we loved the colors and the contrasts in both images. They embody everything great about beach life… surf & sand. We both spend tons of time traveling but EVERY beach has a special place in our heart."