The sunshine girls
We go home with the talented team behind cult swim label Zulu and Zephyr
Zulu and Zephyr “made for the sun, the salt and the sea” sounds like a perfect recipe…tell us a little bit about how this dreamy holiday brand first began?
C: We launched Zulu & Zephyr from our Bondi Beach sunroom a few Summer’s back. It was a time of excitement, newness, fresh experiences and so much devotion to bring the brand to life. It also brought us closer as business partners, friends and sisters.
Your lovely fresh brand aesthetic is present in everything you do. You can see it here in your home as well. Where do you feel you developed your eye for design?
K: The brand has a fresh aesthetic with a hint of nostalgia — I carry dear in my mind, images of my mother and her girlfriends back in the 70’s. Their lifestyles were very simple but rich and fulfilling. Driven by beach culture and with a love for greenery and plant life, our homes and work studios are quite clean and refreshing. Neutral linens, unique furniture, cane and abstract artwork are amongst some my favourite processions.
Candice, Your the older sister to Karla, how does your close relationship come into play/translate in business?
C: Having shared the Zulu & Zephyr journey together, we are in sync with each other’s strengths, weaknesses, ideas and energy in the work place. We have different territories and responsibilities in the office. As sisters, it’s an open book. We have the same group of friends and interests and both live for spending time with our family. Preferably at the beach.
Moving the office from Sydney to Byron Bay nearly six months ago, how do you feel this has influenced you and your business? & Would you ever look back?
C: As a business we are more focused, inspired and busier than ever. It’s a huge move to trade traffic lights for bikes and Bondi for empty beaches… but we are lucky enough to transplant the label anywhere in the world thanks to its global appeal. We still open our showroom in Sydney each season, and split a lot of time between the country and the city – we are grateful to have access to both beautiful parts of the world.
Talk us through your favourite Sunday rituals in the bay. Favourite cafes and spaces…
K: Early morning coffee at Top Shop after a morning walk along empty beaches.
Markets, sunbaking, dinner with friends, and an early night in to get ready for the week ahead.
Your campaigns, captured by great photographers such as Purienne swept us away to wanderlust spaces like Cape Town, Hawaii and California, where shall you take us next?
C: That’s a secret.
How does travel influence your design process? Colours, prints or shapes…and is there one destination on your wish list which you have been manifesting?
K: Travel is an essential part of not only the design process, but also connecting with the Zulu & Zephyr girl. I draw colour palettes from terracotta pots to shades of sea, prints sourced from vintage markets worldwide and shapes from ancient architecture. Morocco is high on the hit list but a revisit to Costa Rica is definitely calling our names.
All images by Chris Prestidge