SUNBRELLA FABRICS + MORRIS YACHTS
I've been working with Morris Yachts for a few years now...but I was excited when I got the call to collaborate with Sunbrella Fabrics, North Sails, Raymarine and Awlgrip on the 10th anniversary of the Morris Yachts M-Series 36' sailboat. This is a beautiful, classic daysailer. Driving up to Mount Desert Island, Maine I was thinking about how I've used Sunbrella for years...but never for the ENTIRE design of a boat. But, as you know, I am always up for a challenge. I met with the creative director of Sunbrella, Gina Wicker and her team. Turns out, I was not just outfitting the boat, but participating in a project called "Perspective New England" where a yacht, an airstream and a beach house would all be outfitted with Sunbrella Fabric. Gina showed me so many products that surprised me. We all know that Sunbrella is great for outdoor furniture, awnings and dodgers...but I was pleased to see that there were some lush, linen like fabrics that I am happy to employ down below...She also revealed to me that there is a new embroidery thread coming out that has the same properties as Sunbrella in that it won't fade or mildew and is totally cleanable. The interior of the M36 is a total clean slate...The wheels are turning like mad. Here we go!