Runaway x Maderas Beach Co

Back in Spring, I met with Gabe, the genius behind Runaway Brand, to discuss some ideas he had for custom swimwear for his brand. He has a small store in downtown Durham and has a cult-like following of Durhamites who love his witty and weird designs. 

We chatted for a bit about what I do and what he was thinking. When I asked how many pieces he was thinking, he said 60-100. My jaw dropped. Needless to say, that's my biggest order ever. We settled on 46 because of the timing. We wanted them out by early June and I would be gone 3 weeks in May. I think I ended up with 29 days to complete all the suits. 

My mom had to come down and help. Thanks mom!

Gabe designed a cool floral print in two colors and a logo print with his rabbit logo, and I designed 3 complementary solids. We used the Capri style and the Marianne style bikinis, and I designed a new one-piece, called the Palermo. 

The Capri is the one we all love. Fixed triangle top. Skinny side bottoms with contrasting sides.


The Marianne is a midi top, not bandeau, not high neck. I love it. It laces up in the back. The bottoms also feature lacing on the sides.


The Palermo has a scoop neck, and low back with lace up straps. It's the best one-piece ever. Hands down.


The swimsuits are gorgeous and fit beautifully with the rest of their 2018 summer collection, which has the theme, "Endless Bummer". The lookbook is available here and you can shop the bikinis here

Photos Deets
Photography: Tommy Coyote
Edits: Justin Eisner
Model: Janee Burnette
Art Direction: Gabriel Eng-Goetz