If you’re searching for tasteful and mindfully sourced clothing for you and your children, you won’t have to wander too far. Maria Thorton’s Sea + Wander is a beautiful collection of clothing, accessories, and creative household décor that upholds the highest of standards. Her walls are elegantly simplistic with nothing more than a stunning mural done by Marissa Quinn to compliment her uniquely chosen items. The boutique, located in the heart of Cardiff, might quite possibly be the only place your child can nestle in a small tee-pee in the corner while you do all your shopping.
I’m not sure what’s more imaginative and unique—the clothes on the racks or the woman behind them. Originally from Argentina, Maria moved to New York at the age of 21. After 16 ½ years she decided to make the cross country move to San Diego in 2005 and opened up her first boutique earlier this year. Her time spent in New York has shaped her into who she is today and comes through in some of her pieces on the racks and shelves. When asked what her inspiration was behind Sea + Wander, she replied, “my kids”. She has two little ones, 8-year-old Tristan, and her princess, Ana Lia of 4 ½ years.
“I’m not going to sell what I wouldn’t buy for my children.”
This also means she wouldn’t sell clothing that isn’t mindfully sourced. Her main goal is to draw from companies who are ethically manufactured, fair-trade, and harmless to the environment. This means all her manufactures pay at least minimum wage to their workers, no child labor, and ideally giving back to their community. For example one of her designers named Laura Siegel predominately works with artisans in developing countries. All her garments including prints and knitting are done by hand. The word “traceability” is being able to trace exactly where your clothing came from, who made it, how much they’re being paid, and if they’re able to sustain themselves. Is it really luxury if your clothing comes from a country where the maker doesn’t even have access to drinkable water? Understanding where products come from and being connected to them is the message Laura Siegel strives for.
“My dream is to one day have everyone shopping feel connected to the hands and the person who makes their garments.”
Her piece featured below was hand stitched by a woman in India and entails all the care and attention to detail one might hope for in their clothing.
Maria also enjoys giving back by putting on charity and family-related events. For example her holiday shopping event recently on November 17th gave 10% of all sales to the Feeding San Diego. An organization which dedicates their time “to help feed more than 490,000 children, families and seniors in need every year” (Feeding San Diego 2016).
Her next event is just around the corner. On December 11th, 11am - 2pm, join Sea + Wander for their Christmas Party featuring a unicorn drive. Bring a unicorn toy to donate to Children of Serenity Inc. There will be organic hand spun cotton candy, snacks, face painting, and a visit with Santa! Maria's goal for events like these is to create a community that’s mindful, caring, and loving toward one another.
Needless to say, we are big fans of what Maria Thornton is doing. Plenty of boutiques have the latest trends and fashion forward items, but few are intentionally and mindfully giving back.
She’s “getting in touch with women who are making a difference”.
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