Last summer, in Montauk, Reformation designer Yael Aflalo was hanging out with Spring & Clifton designer Michelle Zacks and the two discovered a mutual love of something unlikely: Bajas.
Both hail from California, where they’d grown up watching surfers hop out of the water and throw Bajas over their board shorts. The colorful toppers, which hail from south of the border, may be fun to look at but they’re far from flattering. Enter Reformation. The Lower East Side brand’s already mastered the art of re-working fabric, so why not this one? Together, Aflalo and Zacks paired Baja fabric with buttery leather for a capsule collection of hot pants, mini skirts and leather paneled jackets starting at a very reasonable $105.
“We took Michele’s idea of doing bajas and fit them with zippers so they’re not boxy and weird; they’re really comfortable [and] all different because they are all repurposed,” said Reformation’s Maria Matis. You can snag the pieces at Reformation’s (newly expanded) boutique at 156 Ludlow Street, or online!