Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Since a very young age, I was passionate about skateboarding, surfing and fashion. The Californian lifestyle was for me a dream that I knew one day would be my reality.
After years of work and perseverance, I finally ended up living in California doing what I love. With all my life experience, I decided to go ahead and pursue my path; creating my own surf brand. And here it is, Saltfish Surf Co. Inspired by my passion for fashion, surfing and traveling.
Where are you from and how long have you been living in Venice?
I grew up skateboarding in the south of France and from a young age was influenced by the skateboard and surf culture. The skateboard scene was pretty big in Montpellier, where I’m from and in France in general in the 90’s. Montpellier is a really cool town right on the Mediterranean Sea in the south of France. Not much surf there but a lot of pretty girls. I moved to Venice about 8 years ago and felt right at home ever since.
How did you come up with the idea to make these beautiful surfboard bags?
I wanted to create a line of surf accessories that I could relate to. I believe I could come up with something different than what is already available on the market.
I’ve always been fascinated with textiles and always wanted to make something out of the materials I’ve been collecting. So I started making board bags with these vintage Mexican serapes that I had and wanted to mix it with leather, as they look so good together.
The first prototype came out incredible; I loved it and still rock it. Then, I played around with some design I had in mind. I was visualizing a big tote bag that could carry all my beach stuff and my board at the same time. A bag that made my life easier and that corresponds to me aesthetically and ethically.
Describe the process of making one of these bags. Where do you get all the materials from, etc?
While traveling, I explore the local culture and find local artisans to work with. The goal is to find unique textiles and fabrics and support local communities. Then I collaborate with my factory down in Mexico to come up with the best combination of design and material. The bags are entirely hand crafted which makes the process so much longer but so much more interesting. We pay attention to every single detail and you can really feel it in the final product.
Where all have you travelled using a Saltfish bag to carry your boards?
I have travelled all over Mexico, Baja, Acapulco, Oaxaca and also Central America and Europe. The bags are solid and the more they travel and age, the more beautiful they become.
Where can we find your bags?
As off right now, you can preorder your bag though my Kickstarter campaign for a very good deal.
Or on the website www.saltfishsurfco.com and exclusively at Surfing Cowboys in Venice.