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With this year marking Alexander Wang’s 10th anniversary as the edgy designer who broke into the fashion world by bringing cool street-smart style back into the scene, I couldn’t think of a better person to add to our Style-List than Katie Robin, Accessories Manager at Alexander Wang. And when we choose someone to feature on Surf Collective, we always like to point out what makes that person unique and special. Whether it be an adventurer or a trend-setter, everyone we profile has a quality that adds a valuable perspective to the creative world we live in, and Katie is no exception, and it is here that you learn why.

Being the observant (and often overly observant) person that I am, the three things that I noticed about Katie right off the bat are features that most women try desperately to perfect, but which she makes look so easy. First, it was her gorgeously tanned skin and glowing complexion, of which I, as a heliophiliac myself, was extremely envious of, followed by her thick, perfectly-shaped, dark-brown eyebrows, and her dirty blond hair color and beach wave texture that looks amazing at any length. So, as you can imagine, it becomes clear upon first impression that this beauty is blessed with those features that, no matter how hard we may try, we might never be able to replicate.

However, with all looks aside, it is the kind, cool, calm, and collected nature of this New Jersey native that really made an impression when we met for the first time at her Amagansett home this summer.

So, although we all tend to look better in the summer, Katie Robin needs no season to make her stand out, as her attitude and her “je ne sais quoi” makes her striking features seem so secondary to her style and sense of creativity, which she also employs through her love of photography. Read below to see what lights this girl’s creative fire!



Where did it all start?
It was 1991 and a jumpsuit changed my life, I have never been the same since.

What is your favorite city and neighborhood?
West Village, New York City….home!

What is your favorite hotel?
Ham Yard Hotel in London.

Your favorite restaurant and dish?
Bostwicks, – lobster roll.

Best bar?
ACME…order a Foxy Brown No. 2.

Favorite vacation location?

Favorite surf spot / board?
I’ve recently taken up Stand Up Paddle Boarding. Paddle Diva’s in East Hampton has great classes.

Favorite duffel or suitcase?
Carry-On Only…. Victorinox Spectra 4 Spinner.

Favorite brand?
Alexander Wang. :)

Favorite jean brand?
I’ve been really into the jeans from ASOS. Can’t beat the price!

Essential wardrobe item?
I never leave home without at least 1 pair of sunglasses, my Karen Walker Harvest sunnies are currently in heavy rotation.

Favorite time of year?
Summer, in the Amagansett is truly my happy place.

Your style Icon/s?
I happen to have 2 very stylish Grandmothers!

Personal style tip for others?
Dress for your body, not for trends. Not all trends work on all body types. Do what works best for you and what makes you feel good.

Your tailor?
Sew Elegant on 39th and 6th.

Your salon?
Jeffery Stein Salon on 72nd and Columbus. Armando is a genius.

Coffee or tea?
Neither, glass of ice water!

Favorite shoe maker?
Right now, I’m all about Adidas. Stan Smiths or Superstars. Having worked at Valentino, I have accumulated quite the Rockstud collection. Although now I am really coveting anything Laurence Dacade!

Dream car/bike?
Unlimited Uber for life!

Favorite watch / watch brand?
Louis Vuitton Tambour Watch I recently got for my birthday from my mom.

Essential gadget you can’t live without?
IPhone with Mophie…Can never be stranded without a charged phone!

Your favorite book?
Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk.

Favorite song or album?
Yellow – Coldplay.

Favorite not-for-profit?
The Baco Boys Fund, a cause near and dear to my heart, offering the summer camp experiences to less fortunate children who otherwise might not be able to.

Favorite artist?
The Wynwood Walls graffiti artists. More traditionally, Matisse.

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Thanks to Katie! See here for her photography on Barney’s.com!

PC: Katie Robin, Hayley Waters