The season of AC-centric staycations, sweaty subway rides and—best for last—dreamy beach days is in full swing, and while we’ve definitely got you covered on things to wear, we figured you might also be looking for books to read. Novels, essays, poetry and a collection of illustrations all made it onto our list—check out some recs and go get lost in a new story.
The best part of summer? Getting out there and exploring, of course. Our team knows a thing or two about vacationing, so we asked them to share their travels with a very special companion, The Transport Tote. Trip highlights, pretty photos and more await.
The Small Transport Crossbody
Thuyvi, store team whiz
Where’d you take your tote?
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado.
Keep anything fun inside?
My water bottle—for drinking and drenching. A wet bandana is the perfect way to stay (and look) cool.
How about some trip highlights?
The attempt to sandboard, because I was actually never fully successful.
What’s next on the agenda?
Driving down Big Sur in our camper, Vance—that’s his name.
When we arrived at Rockaway Beach to meet The Skate Kitchen for a video shoot, leader of the pack Rachelle was scrolling through Instagram. “Do you guys know @ugly_delilah?” she asked, before showing us a few favorite shots of the, let’s say, unconventionally beautiful pup. “I love her so much. She follows me now,” she said, proudly. It takes a moment like this to remind you that the founders of this NYC-based all-female skate collective are mostly young, just-out-of-school ladies—because they’ve been skating for almost half their lives and have established a seriously impressive track record. They’re starring in a self-titled movie this summer, they’ve shot campaigns with major brands, plus their Instagram is blowing up—over 60k followers! It’s safe to say that this growing squad (featured are Rachelle, Brenn, Dede, Jules, Nina and Moonbear, aka Kabrina) has a lot to look forward to.
See how these NYC skater ladies of The Skate Kitchen do the all-white-for-summer thing (hint: it’s just two supereasy steps), then get to know them even better here. Oh, and don’t forget to check out our new arrivals to nab your own monochrome looks.
P.S. *Need* to know the song in the background? We don’t blame you. It’s “I Got The Moves” by Habibi.
If you couldn’t tell how excited we are about summer, well, we’re literally jumping for joy. Yep, check out our dancer friends Emma and Erica showing off their trampoline moves, then shop all the best new summery styles here.
(P.S. Loving the song in the background? It’s “Leave The Light On” by Overcoats.)
In Defense of Wearing Denim All Summer Long
an essay by Yaminah Mayo
Swimming season has arrived—and new timeless, supercute suits from the swimwear experts at Solid & Striped have us ready to dive right in. Check out our list of favorite places to take a dip across the country (and apologies in advance if we’re blowing up anyone’s secret spot).
Start getting your tunes, snacks, friends (and, of course, denim) ready—the sunniest-slash-happiest season will be here before you know it.
Aside from actually booking a plane ticket and heading somewhere sunny, flipping through our spring lookbook is the next best thing to warm us up during the New York winters here at Madewell HQ. We can’t wait to get our hands on all the retro-cool, wallpaper-inspired prints, looks-like-vintage denim everything and breezy throw-on-and-go dresses. In the meantime, we chatted with our head designer, Joyce, to learn about her favorite pieces and where she imagines wearing the collection.
This week: road-trip snacks, a rockstar style muse, ugly-cute is “a thing” and more.