Sea Star Beachwear’s inception was born of necessity. “I was looking for a shoe I could wear in the water that would protect my feet from coral, rocks and broken shells, but was also chic enough to wear to lunch, around town or boating,” recalls CEO Libby Fitzgerald. “I found that no shoe existed that could serve all these purposes.” Fitzgerald and her co-founder, Michael Leva, made groundbreaking strides in the water-shoe world when they launched a classic espadrille design made with quick-drying, lightweight neoprene and a non-marking, nonskid, rubber deck shoe sole. All of these elements allow for easy transition between water and land, from ocean swims and water sports to shopping and strolling down the street.
While Sea Star Beachwear offers patented, water-safe espadrilles to men, women and children, their latest exclusive collaboration with John Robshaw features three limited-edition designs for women—all demonstrating Robshaw’s signature color palette of white and deep indigo. Robshaw, who has become a pioneer of Southeast Asian textiles, uses local artisan techniques to develop wood-block prints and patterned textiles for bedding, tabletops, curtains and more.
“I love the idea of incorporating my prints into wearable fashion. As an avid traveler, I am on my feet all day exploring and meeting people,” he says. The Sea Star Beachwear team is equally thrilled about their latest endeavor. “We are honored and excited to be working with a talent and industry leader like John,” says Leva. Sea Star Beachwear x John Robshaw collection from $96;
Meet the Sea Star Beachwear team on March 30th at our PURIST POP UP at Westfield Century City in LA (10250 Santa Monica Boulevard). seastarbeachwear.com