"Aren't you loving the Gypsetter-Style?", asked my California friend Lynda while I was marveling about this long lose fit flowing and beautifully embroidered caftan she was wearing.
"Gyps -äh - WHAT???"
And then I learned what a Gypset and a Gypsetter is.
A Gypset is a person with an unconventional, bohemian approach to life and is characterized by a fashionable exoticism and down-to-earth ease.
And a Gypsetter is a Gypset who has perfected a high-low approach to life that fuses the freelance and nomadic wile of a gypsy with the sophistication and global references of the jet set. It's an alternative way of traveling and living that's based more on creativity then money.
AH - sounds great - doesn't it?
And then I remembered a magazine article from years ago about the french Mignon-Sisters - THE Gypset-Icons - and their family clan.
I was absolutly fascinated back then by their amazing story. They travelled the world by ship, looked irresistibly beachy, supercool and beautiful with their "Free-Spirit-Hippie-Charm.
Now they run a hip shop and a little hotel in Mexico.
What an unconventional life...sounds like endless summer, happiness and sand between the toes.
"I NEED such a caftan!!!", was all I could think.
Maybe with a piece like that I could also transfer a piece of this glorious lifestyle feeling back home to northern Germany?
But I also think about the tiny little village in lower saxony we live in and what a sighting I would be in that caftan on my way to get fresh rolls from the bakery.
I sigh deeply.
"Why?", says (clueless) Lynda, "Don't you have the Gypsetter-Style in Germany?"
I decide to visit lovely Rita in Summerland who runs Shop Bonita (and another shop for gypset men in Los Olivos called Toro) where you can find all gorgeous things for the love of Gypset Style. She has also a blog called Bonista.
Rita was just busy organizing an event with designer Rocio G. who made these beautiful bags on the pictures.
Well - all caftans were sold out...
Good for Rita and maybe good for my reputation in the village :)