Snap Out of Those Summer Blues with Sophia Rogge's Sarongs (& Help Corals for Conservation)!

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I feel like it happens every summer; I have a laundry list of novels to dig in to, places to visit, & friends to see, but before I can blink we’re already in the first week of August, gearing up for what will be a very busy-busy year! So, it’s appropriate to say I’m on the cusp of serious summer blues. However, always the savior in these instances, fashion comes to the rescue. But this time rather than set my eyes on the wool knits seen in all the fall collections, I feasted upon something so delicious and delicate it made me almost sniffle: Sophia Rogge’s sarongs (which can be worn every which way, from beachy skirt to long scarf to a light wrap).

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Reflecting all that I love about summer, this beautiful fabric is the ideal cure for those awful impending blues. What I love most about the piece, (which comes in such colors as, kaleida, blush, and cobalt), is that ten percent of all sales goes to Corals for Conservation. Marine coral devastatingly faces fast extinction, somewhere around the time of 2030, and they need all the support they can get! This is the perfect way to donate to a good cause & look stylish while doing so.

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Sophia answered some of my questions after I told her about how much I loved her scarves/sarongs! Read on for her favorite beach & five beach essentials!

Eco Chick: What are five essential items you must have with you at the beach at all times?
Sophia Rogge:
-A sketch book & pencils, I find so much inspiration for my designs from by the beach.
-SPF 30 sunscreen for my body & SPF 40 for my face.
-Polarized sunglasses, they are so 80s yet so now, and they’re the best protection for your eyes.
-A tiny weeny bikini. I don’t wear tiny bikinis by the pool but there is something more liberating about being by the sea.
-And of course, my one my larger sarongs. Probably the Amber one as it sets off one’s tan so beautifully.

EC: What is your favorite beach in the world?
SF: My favourite beach in the whole wide world… what a tough question. I love to look out at the blue horizon on any coastline but nothing beats British beaches in the summer. Perhaps somewhere on the North Norfolk coast: It’s a world away from anywhere else up there.

EC: Where do you get the inspiration for your collections?
SR: Every design in my project is inspired by corals, and then 10% of the profits then goes to Corals for Conservation which is an initiative in Fiji. They work with fishing communities globally to restore their reefs, therefore creating a better habitat for fish.

EC: Which is your favorite design?
SR: My favourite sarong design is the Kaleida, the multi coloured patterns perfectly represent the spectacular reefs underwater!

Haley Sherif holds a B.F.A. in creative nonfiction writing from Emerson College. Born & raised in Manhattan, she's currently living in Brooklyn pursuing her dream to write. As an eager fourteen year old she originally joined the Eco-Chick team as an intern, several years later she's happy to be back. Her writing and design projects can be found on her personal site, haleykamilla.com, as well as on The Culture-ist and later and in Perversion's June, 2016 issue.