If it didn’t happen in Montauk, it likely would never have happened at all. Or, at least that’s the love I’m giving to Summer Stewart, Fashion Institute of Technology graduate and former model, who introduced The End (and beyond) to her debut line of athleisure wear on August 31 with a pop-up event in the surfer village. Since then, boss babes have been puckering their lips and prepping their ponytails, living in a line that transitions from the barre to bar with ease.
When did you officially launch Summer Stewart Athleisure?
We officially launched our site www.summerstewart.com on August 15. We are so incredibly proud of the work we put in with our debut collection. We love the mix of Venice skate culture set alongside the ocean.
What makes your athleisure clothing line eco-friendly?
We pride ourselves on manufacturing our clothing in Los Angeles. This shows not only our environmental awareness but also our commitment to paying a fair wage to the people who make our product possible. We partner with our factory to use either rescued or recycled materials when available.
Why is creating a brand around environmentally conscious practices important to you?
We love Earth. Being environmentally conscious is a part of our core values. We want to protect and preserve our planet for future generations to chill at the local skate park like we did as grommets.
What clothing companies do you admire?
I really love Stella McCartney’s approach to designed athleisure with her collaboration with Adidas.
Would you describe your clothes as travel friendly?
Absolutely. I totally wear all of our pieces in every aspect of my everyday life. Of course, I love wearing our styles at my favorite workouts, but I also pair them with heels and a blazer to go out. On the weekends or when I’m traveling, you will find me in one of our sweat hook ups. For the almost 11-hour flight to Amman, Jordan, I chose the Skate or Dye leggings and Muscle Beach Sport Bra.
Do your sport bras have built-in support?
Our sport bras have different levels of support. The Muscle Beach is for low impact, so it’s perfect for yoga or pilates. The Venice Beach has a center front-ruched detail that allows you to control the support level. This feature is really cool because you can decide based on your activity how much support you need.
How many styles do you currently have?
We have our debut collection, which launched in August. We are working on our next collection that should release next spring.
You’re a vegan yogi. How has the lifestyle changed your body and mind?
Yogic philosophy and vegan values go hand in hand. I began my journey into veganism with a strong focus on lowering my carbon footprint. Over the years, this path allowed me to connect with so many amazing people, leading me to get my certification as a yoga instructor.
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