Samantha August, founder and designer
What is your definition of Basta style?
The Basta girl doesn't just lie on the beach — she uses it as her playground. She's laidback, adventurous, and stylish. Basta style is versatile, casual, chic, and meant to mix and match, so you can always add personality into your look.
Where do you spend most summer weekends?
Any favorite local spots?
"Tutto Ill Giorno, Round Swamp Farms Market, The Crows Nest, and Vine Street Cafe for food. Then, Tenet, Everything But Water, and Intermix for shopping."
If you could only pack five things to the beach, what would they be?
"A Basta Surf Zunzal bungee bikini, Basta Surf black and white wrap with coral tassels, McTavish surfboard (Bob McTavish made me one for my birthday, and I love it!), Supergoop! sunscreen, and Kaanas shoes."
What is your go-to Saturday night outfit out East?
"It's generally pretty cold at night, so I wear rag & bone skinny jeans, a white Basikke tank (I wear white tank tops with almost everything), and my IRO linen bomber jacket. I rarely wear heels by the beach, so I usually have my Balenciaga flats on and tons of gold jewelry — unless I'm surfing, I'm never without gold jewelry."
Where would we find you on a typical Sunday morning out East?
"Usually, I'll go for a walk on the beach and then head to the Juicy Naam in Sag Harbor for fresh juice — they're so delicious!"
Do you surf?
How did you learn?
"I learned while I was living in Costa Rica."
What is your favorite surfing spot?
"Avellanas Beach in Costa Rica or Byron Bay in Australia."
Which Basta suit is your favorite and why?
bungee bikini is my favorite. It fits beautifully and is great for surfing. I love the mixed material of bungee on the bikini back and sides — it adds a pop of neon and moves with your body. The top and bottom are both reversible, and you can mix and match."
Photographed by YoungJun Koo