New York–based designer, mother of two, art collector and candy-shop owner,
Cynthia Rowley is something of a modern-day Renaissance woman. (You know, if Renaissance
women wore bonded neoprene leggings.) She’s also a die-hard surfer, so it’s no
surprise that when she couldn’t find surf gear to wear out on the water in Montauk,
she designed her own.
THE SWELL LIFE
“I’m never not in a wetsuit,” says Cynthia of her time spent out in Montauk, where she has a weekend home with her husband, Bill Powers, and their daughters, Kit and Gigi. “You can wear a wetsuit to swim, for scuba diving, water sports. It’s great sun protection.” Rowley, who has been surfing (or “trying to surf” as her husband jokes) for the past 14 years, says that the addition of swimsuits, rash guards and wetsuits to her apparel collection was largely inspired by her own love of being on the water. “I love designing our swimwear so much that some days it’s all I want to do,” she says.
“I definitely make a better designer than a surfer though.”