“I think my first trip to Hawaii was a vacation in Kauai,” contemplates Carolyn Murphy. “I was immediately captivated by the greenery and the lush tropical land—like I could see and feel the earth breathing.” This is a sentiment shared by her design partners. Today, just in time for International Surfing Day, the eco-minded and surf-loving supermodel launches Surf’s Up, her second upcycled collection with Lela Becker and Tim Kaeding of Los Angeles-based denim brand Mother. It’s also the third release of 60% Mother, which denotes the brand’s collections that are primarily made of repurposed vintage and dead-stock garments and textiles.
For the 12-piece capsule, which features patchwork tapestry ponchos, Hawaiian shirts, snug ribbed knits, and a beach tote, Murphy found the ideal muses in her three uncles, who shuttled between Hawaii and California in the 1970s chasing waves. One, Bob, designed logos for Op and Hang Ten, which