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ISLAND DREAMS

Tuesday, September 6, 2016
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Bonnie Young has the expertise of creating luxurious, wearable pieces down to a tee. For 16 years, the seasoned fashion designer has worked alongside Donna Karan, where she headed global inspiration and international fabric development, then served as creative director of collection. In 2007, Young ventured off to open her own high-end children’s collection and store in Aspen, winning over the hearts of stylish kidsand even more, their mothers. Recently, she launched her debut women’s ready-to-wear collection, BY. Bonnie Young. Here, Young fills us in on her favorite memories from a tropical getaway to the Exumas, Bahamas.


Bahama Mama
My family and I travel every summer to the Exumas. The islands are so close, yet seem so remote and magically unspoiled. It’s like a safari in the ocean: there’s not a day that goes by where you don’t see sharks, barracudas, stingrays or even swimming pigs!


Adventures at sea
We stay on the boat of my business partner and close friend Antonia Meade. She lives in the Bahamas with her husband, Ronnie, and their daughterthe Exumas are their backyard. We love to take the dinghy out and explore different uninhabited islands and caves. One of the highlights of the week is swimming with sharks! We also have friends who own a nearby island, so we always stop by once during the trip for an email check and a round of paddle tennis.


Smooth sailing
The only way to travel to the Exumas is by boat. It’s also important to have a captain, as the water is very shallow and not easy to navigate.


Favorite souvenirs
During each trip, we go to Staniel Cay to buy coconut bread and beautiful handwoven baskets.


Peace and quiet
The beauty is that we barely see anyone. It’s an amazing place to reconnect with my family in nature, as there are no distractions and we can go for days without Wi-Fi and cell phone service.


Suitcase essentials
Sunglasses, sarongs, an Eres bathing suit, and BY. Bonnie Young kaftans. Also, Kahina Argan Oil, which Donna Karan turned me on to, from her Urban Zen store.


Always wanderlust
I have traveled all my life to remote destinations in search of tribes and cultures that are vanishing. Among those were Xishuangbanna in China, Tibet, Papua New Guinea, Bhutan, the North Pole, West and East Africa. Destinations on my bucket list now are all about natureplaces like Antarctica, the Northern Lights, Canyon De Chelly in Arizona, Greenland, the sea of Cortez and Mongolia.


I can’t travel without. . .
My children and my husband. 

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