How did the concept for State of Escape come about?
Can you share what it’s been like to work alongside each other, as friends and also co-owners of a company?
What does a typical day in the SOE offices look like?
As businesswomen and mothers, how do you balance work and family life?
What is your #1 travel destination? What would you pack and why?
BM: Kyoto, Japan. It’s all about design, tradition, the amazing food and lots of walking! I’d recommend packing a wardrobe that is super comfortable yet stylish. Oversized dresses, wide leg pants, linen shirts and sneakers. You’ll never feel out of place walking into a temple or a beautiful restaurant.
DM: California – anywhere on the coast – Malibu, Santa Barbara, Carmel, Monterey and everywhere in between. I love the freedom of the open road and the beautiful coastline. All that open water on one side and then the gorgeous towns, forests and wine country on the other. Fresh air, sunshine and endless ocean views – fantastic memories from my younger days, with the hope to make new ones soon with my husband and kids.
What are your methods for de-stressing? Do you workout? Take a digital detox?
BM: I love to run but horse riding is my sanctuary. I gave up 3 years ago when everything became frantic at work and I’ve just taken it up again. It made me realise how much I’d missed it.
DM: For me its about having time by myself to slow down - long walks with the dog, being out and about near water (hence why we live near the beach), it always drops it down a level and makes me feel calm. I have also just started getting into mediation in the past 6 months and I love it – I was super skeptical but now very impressed and reaping the rewards.
When creating a new product, what is your starting point? Where do you seek inspiration?
BM: The collection has very much been driven by us and how our lives have transitioned over the years. From our children gaining their independence to our extensive travel schedule, where we find our greatest inspiration. We’ve now created a collection of bags that gives our customers the flexibility to tailor what they carry and for any occasion. It’s all about finding beauty in utility, for all of us.
Do you have a style or aesthetic that applies to not only your beautiful range, but also to the way you dress or design your living space?
BM: Simplicity, shape and proportion is always key to the way I dress and design the collection. Nothing overly embellished or complicated. Everything has to serve a purpose. This rule goes out the window with my own home where I love to surround myself with objects that tell a story – this makes my house a home.
DM: Pared back and simplistic. I love to dress up, but the reality is most of my days are spent in the office and then driving my daughters from one activity to another, so its about being practical and comfortable, whilst looking respectable. Denim is my go to a lot of the time. My home is about clean fresh open spaces that link the inside with our outside.
Thank you so much Brig and Des!!!
What got you interested in photography?
How would you describe your style?
As a creative, what drives you and keeps you inspired to create new content?
What kind of exciting projects do you have coming up?
What is your dream shoot location?
Bailey Roberts is a fellow Maui girl who now lives in Brooklyn, NY. Her photos have long inspired us and so we were thrilled for this opportunity! Enjoy...
Tell me about your choice of model? Who is she?
The model in the shoot is Bree Warren. She's an Aussie and a fellow surfer. We met about a year and a half ago while I had a brief stint modeling and we were represented by the same agency. I always gravitated towards Bree because I related to her stature and her lifestyle. As a photographer I always try to stay conscious of the message I present via the people I choose to photograph - for me, Bree communicates the power of a confident, strong, athletic girl. She was the perfect fit for the narrative of the shoot.
At the beginning of the year we relocated to our home in Maui and are so happy to be back where Olympia first began. This Hawaiian summer has been long and hot, literally record heat and hurricane activity. On the weekends we cool off with beach walks, waterfall runs and freshly cracked cocos. Barre with Trish keeps us sane during the week. While it sounds like paradise there is much work to be done on the business front. Our humble design studio is an old converted garage with big windows and tons of light. It feels great to grow into a new space. We've been working hard on the launch of Collection 2016 this fall. Planning shoots, perfecting fits, updating the site. Summer Capsule '16 designs are underway and we are thrilled to bring a brand new texture to our classic waistbands ;) stay tuned for something you haven't seen before. Lastly, we are beyond thrilled to collab with our BFF Naomi Newirth of Acacia Swimwear on a collection of 'swim meets active' suits. Modern cuts + our custom sport elastics... rather amazing! Vogue.com thought so too ;) x
COLLECTION 2015 CAMPAIGN SHOOT
The day started with a howling wind and the sand was kicking up everywhere -- a mess to say the least!
Our team pushed through and the wind died down in the afternoon. We couldn’t be happier with the resulting images! A huge thank you to the dune crew:
PHOTOGRAPHER: Olivia Malone
MODEL: Laura Gosch
MAKEUP ARTIST: Kali Kennedy
PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANT: Brooke Keegan
And to the weather gods who really turned out! Location: Nipomo Dunes, California
Good Morning! I have a recipe that is so simple, delicious, and healthy that I feel the need to share... BANANA PANCAKES.
The ingredients: banana + egg
The ratio for this recipe is one to one for each serving. My boyfriend loves these pancakes so much that I have to make an additional serving (3+3).
3 bananas (I dont like them over-ripe, which can be too sweet)
Peel bananas and put in blender, crack eggs over bananas. Blend until smooth. It should look just like traditional pancake batter. Preheat your pan on medium-low heat (the key is not to burn your pancakes, so let the pan heat gradually). I use real butter to grease the pan before laying down the batter - it just tastes better! Then pour 3 smallish pancakes into a large pan. After several minutes, when the bottom is nicely browned, give em a flip! A pancake griddle is also awesome because you can do all the batter at once.
Serve with berries/whip/yogurt/real maple syrup, and have a delicious Sunday morning!