Stripe Style is a monthly column written by Dana Rader, co-owner of Stripe and Stripe MEN, beloved lifestyle boutiques in Santa Cruz, Calif. This column features The Penny Rose's favorites from Stripe.
With the sun shining and summer travel on the horizon, we are obsessing over all of the new linen clothing in the shop. One of our longtime favorite brands is Modaspia, out of Northern California. Owner/designer Ursula Dean sources beautiful linens from France and Italy that are sewn into classic shapes in San Francisco, California. This drop sleeve linen top is such a versatile shade of pink. With a timeless silhouette, it looks great worn with your favorite pair of jean shorts for a casual look, or dress it up with a pair of white trousers.
With this beautiful weather, there is no excuse not to take a trip to the beach. We carry a great assortment of Turkish towels that make wonderful beach blankets/beach towels. Santa Cruz local Julie Roller travels to Turkey herself to work directly with the weavers and select some of the best colors and patterns to import. Due to their unique design style, they absorb water faster than a traditional terry towel, dry quicker, take up less space, and are easy to carry. This beautiful towel is a soft, luxurious blend of bamboo and cotton, and available in a lovely range of summer colors.
I love this one-piece swimsuit from Saint James. With a scoop back, it is still flirty and fun with no fear of exposing yourself while swimming at the beach or pool. In a classic red and white stripe, it’s celebrating all of the best parts of Bay Watch and lifeguards, yet so very French. Throw on a sunhat, skirt or shorts after a day at the beach and head out on the town.
While traveling in Maine last summer I came across illustrations by Libby Vanderploeg, a Brooklyn-based artist. I approached her about doing a custom map of Santa Cruz, and told her some of our favorite landmarks and neighborhoods. We had it printed locally on organic cotton oversized totes by Bagito, a great company that teaches K-12th grade students to value and sustain their world. They donate a percentage of our proceeds directly to our sister non-profit Power2Sustain. They make great beach bags that are perfect for a trip to the local farmers’ market.