As siblings we grew up on the beach of Fair Harbor (well, a block away) in a barefoot community. In this place without cars and pretentiousness, we formed a deep appreciation for the water, waves and bounty of the sea.
We learned to live mindfully and minimally. And in later years, we started to notice more plastic waste washing up on our shores. Having studied plastics' negative effects on the oceanic ecosystem, we wanted to do something about it.
Coupling our care and concern for the water with our love of surfing, Fair Harbor was born. Our signature boardshorts and swim trunks are made using post-consumer recycled plastic bottles, transformed in to function fabric at factories we visit personally and regularly.
Building Something To Last
Now, Fair Harbor creates a full range of stylish and thoughtfully designed clothing and swimwear from unique and sustainable materials. Our brand embodies the endless summer mentality.
"Our goal with Fair Harbor was to create the best boardshorts on the planet while doing our part to keep the oceans we love clean from plastic waste." - Jake Danehy
We spent our childhood summers in Fair Harbor. Located on Fire Island, NY, with a width of only a few hundred yards from ocean to bay. What makes this place great, aside from the surrounding waters and infectious sunsets, is it's a tight-knit, simple, barefoot community.
First founded in the late 1800's, Fair Harbor was developed as a summer community for people living in New York City and the Tri-State area. The majority of the homes were built in the early 1900's and have been passed down through generations. Everything from the homes to Pioneer Market to the lifeguard stands are deeply rooted in the white sand.
Since cars have never been allowed on the island, our only mode of transportation were bicycles; we all hopped on our bikes to go to the beach or grab ice cream at Unfriendly's, while never putting shoes on. Being barefoot wasn't something we ever thought about, it was what seemed natural.
Rusty, weathered bicycles are a timeless symbol of Fair Harbor. Fair Harbor is a town where you say hello to frequent faces you pass on your bike and hang groceries off of your handlebars. The bikes allowed us to get anywhere we needed and gave us the feeling of true independence. From little kids on minuature two-wheelers to grandmothers riding oversized tricycles, there was always an option for everyone. No matter who you were on the outside world everyone's bike weather the same way from the windy seas and salty air.
"During each summer spent on Fair Harbor, we only needed a swimsuit and a bike and we were the happiest kids in the world." - Caroline Danehy
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