A Gypset Lifestyle

Julia Chapman at Ditch Plains, Montauk, NYJulia Chaplin is one of those eternally chic New Yorker’s whose effortless style and great sense of adventure has always inspired us.  Julia’s life as a journalist covering culture and travel for publications including The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, Vogue, Elle, and Wallpaper manages to intertwine her quest for finding the world’s most beautiful things while discovering far flung exotic locales.

One such trip to Kenya a few years ago with the Clinton Foundation introduced Julia to the extraordinary designs unique to East Africa.  Many trips later she was inspired to begin her own fashion line that fuses together her love of these beautiful textiles with the stylish lifestyle that she lives.  Hence was born her brand, Gypset: (gypsy + jet-set).  A name she invented to describe a new type of travel, bringing together a quest for great adventure with the chic speed of the jet-set mixed with the anti-commercialism and nomadic style of a gypsy.

The Gypset line features stylish dresses as well as a gorgeous and vast range of sarongs.  The sarongs and dresses are made of Kangas, a type of wrap worn by local women in Kenya and Tanzania. The East African prints have a very specific look to them.  Quite different to West African designs, these bring together the cultures of Africa and the Indian Ocean regions.  The sarongs look terribly stylish slung over a swimsuit and the dresses are that perfect example of bohemian chic.

In 2009 Julia published her first book Gypset Style.  It features artists, surfers, designers, and bon vivants who she met on her travels.  Stylish people who have perfected a high-low approach to life that fuses the freelance and nomadic gypsy attitude with the sophistication and global references of the jet set. The book was a hit and her second one, Gypset Travel, is due out this fall.  The new book is more of a guide to the fabulous places around the world she adores, featuring in-depth looks at Gypset enclaves in places like Montauk, Lamu in Kenya and Deià, the small coastal village in Majorca.

If summer takes you to the ever groovy Montauk this year, you can check out the clothes at Surf Bazaar or down the road in Amagansett at Lazy Point.  Everything is available on the website along with lots of wonderful tips on traveling to bohemian enclaves around the globe.
The Surf Bazaar. At The Surf Lodge. 183 S. Edgemere Street. Montauk. NY. 11954. Tel: 631 668 8131
Lazy Point. 249 Lazy Point, Amagansett. NY. Tel: 631 604 2632
Photo Credit:
Photo of Julia Chaplin (top left) Julien Capmeil


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