When I think of female surfers and the history of surfing, Gidget is the first thing that springs to my mind. In 1957 Austrian-born Holocaust survivor Frederick Kohner, titled his novel Gidget, The Little Girl With Big Ideas. His novel was based on the adventures of his daughter Kathy, her friends and the surf culture of Malibu Point.
In 1956 at age 15, her mother urged her to explore the outdoors, so Kathy bought her first surfboard for $15. She instantly fell for the lifestyle and pushed for acceptance from the other surfers, sometimes bribing her way to local status by trading her peanut butter sandwiches for chances to ride. Kathy hung out with notable surfers such as Miki Dora, Mickey Munoz, Dewey Weber, Tom Morey, and Nat Young, and was soon dubbed ‘Gidget’ a fusion of girl and midget.
Based on what Kathy told her father about her trips to Malibu, and after he discovered and read her journal detailing her surfing adventures, he went on to write Gidget, The Little Girl with Big Ideas, which sold over 500,000 copies.
Several years later in 1959 Frederick Kohner sold the movie rights to Columbia Pictures for $50,000, where he had been a screen writer. He gave five percent to his daughter.
When you point the finger at someone and blame them, there are always three fingers pointing back at you… Ask yourself ‘what can I own in this situation?’ ‘what part have I played?’. We learn from looking at ourselves, not blaming others. We can never change another person, but we can change the way we look at things, how we react, and then lead by example.
‘Please Hear What I’m Not Saying’
This candid series of photographs was captured in 1977 by a young man, Brad Elterman at a private party behind the Beverly Hills Hotel:
“I think John Rockwell invited me to this party. Behind the Beverly Hills Hotel is a huge mansion owned by David Lane. I knew many of the guests, although an older crowd for me because I was just out of my teens. It was a warm sunny afternoon. I was standing next to the bar trying to get a Seven-Up. Suddenly, this lovely girl started to strip down right in front of me. I only had a wide-angle 28 mm camera lens, not really wide enough for the moment, so I backed up as far as I could, almost knocking over the bar. You have to do the best you can in these situations.” – Photographer Brad Elterman
A Knocker-up (sometimes known as a knocker-upper) was a profession in England and Ireland that started during and lasted well into the Industrial Revolution and at least as late as the 1920s, before alarm clocks were affordable or reliable. A knocker-up’s job was to rouse sleeping people so they could get to work on time. Mary Smith earned sixpence a week shooting dried peas at sleeping workers windows – Photograph from Philip Davies’ Lost London: 1870 – 1945
Urban Angel is a divine wistful little piece for all the dreamers and believers amongst us. With the angel wing intricately and meticulously carved by hand from naturally shed deer antler, we have paired it with the sweetest miniature solid brass key to give it a more urban feel. We like to think of this piece as a talisman you wear to remind yourself that you are never alone, because angels are amongst us.
Inspired by the notion that we don’t end up regretting the things in life
we did, but rather those things we didn’t do. Our hand carved Be Bold bangle bears the message ‘Life is Short. Be Bold’, and although solid in appearance this bangle has been designed to look deceivingly heavy duty, yet is lightweight and perfect for everyday wear.
Designed for the more discerning of Boho’s amongst us, the Bohemian Brass Quartet is a simplistic and timeless addition to any jewellery collection. Made from solid brass this quartet is perfect to layer with any assortment of wrist wear you already own.
Our ‘Remember’ bangles were the very first product dreamed up in the Republic of You collection. Designed as a subtle push to remind us what’s important in life, this quartet of hand carved wooden bangles tell us to ‘Be Grateful, Be True and Be You.’
Encompassing all that our label represents, this is a truly special gift for self or a loved one and will no doubt form a beautiful backing track to your life with the lovely little clinkety-clink they make when worn as a complete set.
Rite of Passage is one of our more bold pieces in the RoY collection. Cast from solid brass with a striking finish, we acquired the original antique key from an old farmhouse in France. Although simplistic in nature, our intention of this piece is for it to symbolise a talisman for the wearer whereby they honour, understand and respect the more meaningful and notable events of their lives.
Our Be You bangle is beautifully carved by hand and bears the words ‘Go Against the Grain, Be You.’ engraved so subtly you would hardly know its there. And that was our exact intention… This sweet little message is to encourage you to live life to the fullest and be your wonderful self.
It has been designed for no one else but yourself, like a lovely little secret between you and the universe… and of course us, but we promise we wont tell a soul!
Wild and Free is a standout piece for all the free spirited Cherokee wannabe’s amongst us. Designed for both men and women, the skull of the buffalo has been intricately hand carved from naturally shed deer antler, the ‘horn’ element of the pendant has been carved using buffalo horn itself.
Teamed with a chic solid brass miniature brass key for a more urban look, Wild & Free promises to be a favourite addition to any bohemian collection.
‘Simplicity is the Key’
Designed with a hardwearing cowhide leather exterior, and creatively lined with authentic antique sheet music, our Simplicity is the Key purse has been
handcrafted with a seamless and sophisticated finish. Offering several purposes depending on your requirements, this simple yet stylish wallet can be used as either a protective case for your smartphone, or a purse to hold your notes and cards.
‘Cuff Me Now or Lose Me Forever’
Inspired by the plethora of boho hippy cuffs of a similar genre, we have re-designed the leather cuff with a seamless finish adding a splice of sophistication and style to a previously grungy look. Cuff Me Now or Lose Me Forever has been designed for both men and women, and offers an undeniable edge for those who like to keep it casual, yet step it up a little in the design department.
‘Hold Me Close, Never Let Me Go’
My girlfriends seriously cannot keep their eyes (or hands) off my favorite vintage clutch, so we decided to create Republic of You’s very own version of this much loved and sought after piece. Titled Hold Me Closer Never Let Me Go, this clutch purse has been created with RoY’s stamp of creative individuality. Leather lined on the inside with a durable cowhide leather exterior, it also features an authentic antique key attachment to the zipper, and an interior pocket beautifully lined with vintage sheet music. This piece is certainly a standout and perfect for those of us who like to ‘do’ fashion a little differently.