We have been following the Salt Gypsy journey for a few years now, what a crazy, exciting whirlwind journey! Talk us through how a girl from the North Shore (Auckland, NZ) ends up with a globally stocked brand of womens surf apparel, living in tropical Byron Bay…
Three words: Ladyballs & Singapore Slings. And rest of the long story short: I quit a job I loved at Billabong NZ and found myself on a one way ticket to the Maldives to be a snorkel guide at a surf resort. Hahaha true story! But I ended up being trained as a surf guide during that season, I met my now fiancé, Jade (he’s a Kiwi too yay!), and we ended up spending the following two years working operating a surf charter boat for Liquid Destination (who I’d highly recommend if you want to surf uncrowded epic waves in the Maldives).
2012 was my third season working in the Maldives and as I was constantly surrounded by guys, I wanted a way to connect with other like-minded female surfers. So I started a blog called Salt Gypsyand halfway through that year had a couple of pairs of surf leggings made for myself because a) the novelty of a Kiwi girl with a tanned bottom had started to wear off because of b) SKIN CANCER & SUN DAMAGE and c) I couldn’t find anything in the marketplace that suited either my personal style or surf guide wages.
By the end of 2012, with no money but an idea and some feedback on the surf leggings I’d been wearing, I launched customizable surf leggings through the blog and FB page and received about 20 pre-orders from some really awesome early adopters. That’s how I was able to start with $0 and the brand you see today has evolved from those first two pairs of leggings.
I have to also add in that the ladyballs comes from my stepdad, Mike, teaching me the value of persistence and that, in combination with having the balls to throw myself into the unknown again and again and again, is how I’ve survived, and thrived, over the last 4 years of self-employment.
What has been the biggest ‘OMG’ moment of the Salt Gypsy journey so far?
There’s been quite a few but at one point seeing $56,751 in the black and in the business bank account (yip…I screenshot it…) was pretty awesome for someone who’s never had more than $5k saved and who started this thing with zero capital!
Being picked up by Urban Outfitters in the US for a couple of years was pretty rad and unexpected (they’ve since changed their business model).
Walking past a major multinational retailer in Robina Mall on the Gold Coast and seeing MY LEGGING DESIGN on their mannequin made me congratulate myself with a whiskey on the rocks for having mass-commercial design skills.
Having all three of the major corporate surf companies use my trademarked brand name in some capacity across their websites and product styles.
Meeting all the rad women over the last few years and realizing I’m not alone – there are LOTS of women wanting to buy cool gear and feel rad in the lineup. Yes ladies, our time is now.
We’re pretty fond of where you live…What do you love most about living in Byron?
Yeah Byron life is a pretty epic lifestyle. Despite the fact I work almost around the clock managing two businesses these days, winter here is pretty mild and only lasts for about 2-3 months. The weather is stellar, the people are rad, the food is epic, organic and wide-ranging, you can tap into the madness that Byron town and lineups can be as much as you can drive 10mins up or down the coast and be out of that madness.
We’ve met some very driven, talented and fun crew.
Top Eating spots in the hood?
I’ve just opened a shop in Byron with a photographer friend, Ming Nomchong, which is in a newly opened stretch on the boutique Fletcher Street. I’m a bit biased as we’re always eating at our new neighbours places: Safiya for brekky and good double shot flat white, Finn Poke (gourmet poke bowls!!) which is about to open this week, Eight for local organic hot meals and salads.
Outside of our little zone we love to head to Harvest out at Newrybar and the Balcony oyster bar for happy hour.
How about adventures, what is your favourite day trip mission from Byron?
The Byron Hinterland – there are some epic waterfalls and swimming holes we have only scratched the surface on. Also – the Doma restaurant out in Federal has some of the best & most authentic Japanese food we’ve had outside of Japan!
Where was the last place you went on holiday & what did you get up to?
Just this long weekend down to Crescent Head for Ming’s bday weekend where I had a surprisingly super fun surf in stormy conditions and realized, awesome I can still surf! The crew we hung out with are rad, just really good humans full of good chat and good fun. I also had an alltime shag (with fiancé so it’s all good :P ) so all round a pretty epic mini holiday.
Last but not least….What’s next for Salt Gypsy?
World domination raarrrrr (the lady pirate in me still lives)
Girl Crush or what? Shop Salt Gypsys latest collection over on the website now or head over and follow them on insta to get your daily Surf / Ocean fix!
SALT GYPSY INSTAGRAM: @saltgypsy
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Our latest print collaboration with our favourite beach-babe Goldfish Kiss has landed and we couldn't be more excited to share it with you guys. After such huge success with our previous collaborations with Rebekah, we have been working on these new designs and 2 new prints for the past 9 months. Offering 2 prints across a range of pieces including hats, sandals, Shirts, scarves and a wallet, we hope this collection brings some sunshine into your days ahead x
Our necklaces come in a variety of lengths from 18" to 23". Our 18" chain necklace is made from our Fine Chain with the 20" and 23" length chains in our 'Everyday' Chain. These are the same chain design, just slightly heavier in weight for the longer lengths. For a rough guide (as we all have different, amazing bodies) the 23" chain sits around or just above your nipple line...
We're big fans of layering necklaces and I'm pretty sure you are too. All of our chains are adjustable in length by 2" to make sure you can style your layers to perfection and mix them up with other pieces in your jewellery wardrobe.
Although all necklaces are adjustable, for the perfect layered look we suggest that you purchase your necklaces on different length chains. This way you get to see the beauty of both pendants and there's less chance of scratching! We also personally like wearing the smallest pendant on the shorter length and the larger heavier pendants longer. That's just our personal choice though, we're all awesome & individual humans and ultimately you get to decide how you style your pieces!
Below is a little guide of some of our favourite pieces layered and their lengths:
|CHARITY & SALLY T-SHIRT MEASUREMENTS||SMALL (Size 6-10)||MEDIUM (Size 10-14||LARGE (Size 14-16)|
It is important to note that different countries have different sizing methods.
Most of the world goes by number sizing which is the easiest and most accurate.
Because we sell our jewellery all over the world, we have decided to stick with number sizing and have put together the below chart to help you out. The most common size for ladies is a size 7 and size 10 for man. If you are unsure of your size you can measure the inner diameter of one of your own rings and refer to the below measurements.
Feel free to email us at email@example.com if you have any further issues.
Please also note that if you are ordering a wide band ring, its usually a good idea to go up a size.
Size 6 = Ring Sizes L, M, N. Inner Diameter measures 16.5mm
Size 7 = Ring Sizes N, O, P. Inner Diameter measures 17.3mm
Size 8 = Ring Sizes P, Q, R. Inner Diameter measures 18.1mm
Size 9 = Ring Sizes R, S, T. Inner Diameter measures 18.9mm
If you require a ring in a different size in any of the designs offered, please send us an email here and we will see what our clever silversmiths can do for you.
Luna & Rose chain bracelets also have a 2" adjustable chain length with a clasp. Therefore they have two/three size options for you. They sit at a total circumference of approx 16cm & 17.5cm
If you require any other sizes for any of our items, please just let us know and we will see what we can whip up for you! You can contact us here.