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Behind The Scenes

The Kick-Ass, Adventure-Ready Ladies Who Inspire Wax + Cruz

When you’re a stylist like Wax + Cruz designer Lauren A. Wood, you get go to some rad places. When you travel to rad places, you get to meet some rad people. Get acquainted with a few of the fascinating girls Lauren’s gotten to know along the way—and hear how they each inspired her cool-girl hat line. —monica derevjanik Liz Clark“This girl is a sailor, a surfer, an environmentalist, and an ambassador for the Patagonia brand. She documents her adventures in the South Pacific on her sailboat, Swell. You can see what she’s up to on her site. When I spoke with Liz, I found her to be so thoughtful and positive. She has a ton of technical knowledge about manning a sailboat on her own, but she also has a very philosophical approach to her travels and what she is seeing happen in our oceans.” Olivia Wyatt“Olivia is an ethno-folk filmmaker who lives in the Rockaways. She traveled alone to Africa with a camera and some other simple equipment to record Ethiopian music and dance. She ended up with this beautiful little project called “Staring Into the Sun” with documentary footage and polaroids of the landscape and tribes. I love that she traveled with so little and came back with so much to share with the rest of us.” Michelle Teague“Michelle is from my home state of Texas, but she also used to live in Brooklyn. A couple of years ago, she and her husband left NYC for Marfa to work on the set of Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood. While she was there, she got inspired by the Tex-Mex flavor and ended up opening JM Drygoods in Austin, which is a like a mini-vacay full of color and texture.” Get your hands on Lauren’s Of a Kind edition—a killer hat meant for ladies like these. 
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The 7 Things the Wax + Cruz Designer Absolutely Can’t Travel Without

After nearly a decade of styling shoots all over the world (we’re talking glorious destinations like Peru, Morocco, and Iceland), Lauren A. Wood of the killer hat line Wax + Cruz has gotten the art of packing down to a science. Check out the items she will never, ever, ever leave behind right here. —monica derevjanik Make Up For Ever lipstick in Moulin Rouge: “I can wear anything and put on red lipstick, and I instantly feel more feminine and ready for a night out. I paint this matte color on with a brush so it lasts extra long—and so I can stay in the lines.” Audio-Technica headphones: “Music always adds some magic to long plane rides, cramped buses and vans, or nights alone in the hotel room. These are comfy for long periods of time, and they sound amazing. And they’re great for blocking out sound, too.” Alexander Wang blazer: “I always bring a thin, light, wool black blazer wherever I go. This one is perfect because doesn’t wrinkle after being crunched up in bag.” Spectrum Essentials coconut oil: “This is my favorite beauty product. It’s good for scrapes and scars, for dry hands and feet, as a hair mask, or mixed with makeup. It smells nice, too. You can have that beachy feeling in the dead of winter.” Leatherman Juice XE6: “My dad’s a die-hard outdoorsman and had two daughters, but that didn’t stop him from giving us Swiss Army knives and sleeping bags for our birthdays. I really like this Leatherman because it has a corkscrew, a bottle opener, a file, a saw, scissors, everything. Thanks, Dad!” Perfect white T-shirt: “It’s my everyday go-to, and it makes you look tan no matter what time of year it is. I like the ATM tees at Barneys, the Isabel Marant linen ones, and James Perse’s.” Bright, lightweight scarf: “I can’t live without a scarf. I wear it around my neck, on my head, as a sarong—and use it to change under at the beach. I like the dupattas and sarongs from Matta NY, and Nomadic Thread Society has some really beautiful pieces as well.” Snag one more travel essential: Lauren’s Of a Kind edition! This ikat hat = the cutest.
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