The most populous American state has always enjoyed outsized cultural sway globally.
In spring 2019, the Golden State is again trending — its central role in the entertainment industries, green-leaning ethos, and beautiful beaches complement and influence the current zeitgeist. California-inspired looks appeared on the runway at internationally labels such as Michael Kors and Boss, and we can’t get enough of the laid-back, surf-inflected lifestyle that are so central to the (Southern) California dream. Sun, surf, and sand: we can all use more of these simple pleasures in our lives.
A vintage GM convertible in Tiffany blue? Why yes, that would be the perfect vehicle to drive along California’s beautiful, coastal Highway 1. Fun fact: this lavish, highly-collectible Chevrolet Bel Air convertible was actually built in General Motors’ Los Angeles, California, plant.
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
Whether your workouts are beach-adjacent or not, you’ll enjoy doing them in these Shibori tie-dyed tights. Aside from the calming ocean-blue hue and eye-catching pattern, they also feature Lululemon’s popular four-way stretch Luxtreme fabric, which feels cool to the touch and offers both sweat-wicking and supportive features.
Lululemon Wunder Under High-Rise tights, $98 at lululemon.com.
This lush, fig-focused fragrance may be inspired by Provence, but the warm, floral and fruity notes of ingredients such as Creamy Sandalwood, Bergamot, Cardamom and Violet Petals will have you daydreaming about California’s soft sunlight and abundant flora.
Bastide Figue Amour eau de toilette, $165 for 100mL exclusively at Holt Renfrew and Ogilvy.
Deftly straddling the lines between art, fashion and sport, this longboard made of Vosges Maple with alloy trucks and wheels places the French house’s iconic scarf motifs in a whole new context. Imagine rolling along the Venice Beach boardwalk on this sublimation-printed beauty.
Hermès Boucleries Modernes longboard, $5,050 at Hermès.
Breitling’s stunning new watch, the Superocean Héritage II Chronograph 44 Outerknown, was created in collaboration with sustainable menswear company Outerknown, co-founded by pro surfer Kelly Slater. Both companies support the Ocean Conservancy’s mission to target marine waste, and the watch’s stylish Nato strap is in fact woven using ocean-friendly ECONYL yarn, made from nylon waste such as used fishing nets.
Breitling Superocean Héritage II Chronograph 44 Outerknown, $8,200 at breitling.com.
Surf culture and beach club vibes served as inspiration for the dual-gender Spring 2019 Michael Kors collection. The American designer showed sporty, vibrant prints, baja knits and a few variations of this printed tee — after all, there is no better emblem of summer than a low-key surf graphic.
Michael Kors Collection women’s t-shirt, $550 at michaelkors.ca