The dudes at Saturdays Surf NYC have been busy. Founders Morgan Collett, Colin Tunstall and Josh Rosen have been riding a wave of success for the last 4 years, hitting the mark with casual cool men’s wear, and it doesn’t seem like there’s a wipeout in their future. They’re master multitaskers, recently launching a biannual magazine, partnering with La Colombe to brew a signature coffee, and, of course, chasing the best waves all over the world.
We caught up with Morgan while the guys were in Australia to ask what inspires them and where to catch the best surf.
The Window: What is the most unexpected source of inspiration for Saturdays Surf NYC?
Morgan Collett: We take inspiration from every place we go, but I would say that we have taken a lot of inspiration from the Japanese countryside. We have spent a lot of time there and while we are visiting different parts of the country we learn a lot from their way of life, dedication and consistency.
What’s your favorite piece from the Spring/Summer 2013 collection and how will you be incorporating it into your wardrobe this season?
My favorite piece would be the floral print board shorts. I have them in a few different colors and plan to pretty much live in them—either in the city with a short sleeve woven shirt or at the beach while we are surfing and hanging out.
We love your graphic floral-print tanks, tees and board shorts. Can you share the origin of this print?
Well, when we started to design the SS13 collection, we set out to create something unique and colorful; one that also included original patterns throughout. The floral pattern is an outtake. We decided instead of going down a more traditional route, we would make it very tonal, so that you would have to pay attention to what it was to understand it. I think this created a subtle look for a very bright pattern.
Saturdays Surf NYC Brush Stroke Print Short Sleeve Shirt
Brush Stroke Print Tank
Striped Short Sleeve Henley
Colorblock Board Short
Tommy Denim Shorts
Floral Print Board Short
You’re in Australia right now (we’re jealous!), what are you doing there and have you been surfing?
We were invited to Australia for a few reasons, actually. We spoke at Bespoke and Semi-Permanente—two fashion and design conferences. We were honored to be a part of each conference and it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to speak at the Sydney Opera House for Bespoke. We surfed as much as possible; a few days in Byron Bay and all over Sydney! The beaches are incredible and the water was crystal blue!
Who are your style icons—past or present?
Marlon Brando (back in the day), James Dean, and Bob Dylan
You launched Saturdays Magazine, a biannual publication, last summer. How did this idea come about?
Since we started our company, we always were interested in publishing. The magazine started because we finally just said, “Let’s do this,” and began to curate the idea. We want to generate something that is completely free of advertising. Cover to cover, the magazine only includes content from people we interview or whose work we are inspired by and want to publish. Everyone in each issue has some association with Saturdays, either directly or a few degrees of separation. It is our community we wanted to represent.
Tell me about the most incredible wave you’ve ever caught.
I grew up in Newport Beach and there is a break there called The Wedge that can be as big as 30 feet. I used to surf it all the time and have had some incredible waves there. The one that stands out in my mind is one side wave I caught where I took off right next to the rocks (the Wedge is a wave that breaks next to a harbor jetty, and then the side wave connects to the peak). This wave started off at four feet then connected to a 15 foot peak and I got one of the best barrels of my life. It still stands out in my mind every time I surf.
We know surfers can be mum about their favorite surf spots, but can you share some of the best with us?
Hmmmmm, I love surfing Rockaway in NYC. When the hurricane swells come in September, it’s some of the most fun waves I have ever had. Also, I’d say Sunset Beach in Hawaii.
What is your definition of a perfect Saturday?
Surfing all morning until I am exhausted then coming back to NYC and hanging out with friends all over the city. Going to museums, having dinner at an amazing restaurant, and embracing the city we live in.
We hear you DJ. What are your top tracks for the summer?
“Gimme Shelter” by The Rolling Stones, “London Calling” by The Clash, the new Daft Punk album and all of MT WARNING’s songs.