The designers behind the Spanish, shirt-only line share a day in their lives.
If you're looking for shirts—particularly beautifully cut, sustainably made versions that are designed to last—then SUNAD has what you’re looking for.
Created by Paloma Canut and Ana Marroquín—two Madrid-born friends who met whilst studying at Parsons—Sunad is an antidote to the ill-fitting, expensive shirts both girls were frustrated with. After finding it increasingly difficult to find good quality shirts at a reasonable price point, the pair set about creating their own. Sunad, which features shirts in a range of different styles made from 100% natural fabrics, is the shirt-only label you always wish you had.
Styles range from a boxy, short-sleeved safari-esque option (their best seller), to classic long-sleeved shirting (some with the buttons in the back) and a variety of dreamy prints and colors. Each shirt is handmade in Madrid, buttons are sourced from Mallorca, and most fabrics are produced in Spain. Interestingly enough, the super soft shirts are priced between $115 and $150, but feel as finely made as something sold for much, much more.
The pair look to the ‘70s for inspiration, particularly Yves Saint Laurent’s safari collection, in addition to the colors and textures of their native Spain. Here, the duo shares a glimpse into a typical day at the Sunad studio.
“alarm clock sounds at 8 A.M.
for both of us. We are big snoozers so even if we don't have to be in the office until 9:30 A.M. we need some time to wake up. Ana lives in the outskirts of Madrid, so she has to deal with morning road rage from everyone else everyday, while Paloma takes a lovely walk to work. First thing, we water the plants and check on our tomatoes. Our plan is to have a small vegetable patch someday, but we’ve started with tomatoes for now. Breakfast is simple and healthy: Nespresso, yogurt with chia and fruit, and sometimes toast with tomato and olive oil (pan tumaca).
During samples or production time, we usually go to the atelier in the morning once a week to check on samples and schedules. We love going there, it feels like a family place and everyone is really nice. All the pattern makers and seamstresses have been there for years. If we don't go to the atelier, each day is very different, which is the beauty of working at SUNAD. Mornings are when we do boring admin duties, we need to have a clear mind for this and we take little breaks and do post office runs. We usually bring our own lunch, but we make a point not to eat by our desk, so we sit at our chesterfield sofa and relax for a bit. We are both very Spanish and lunch is never earlier than 2:30pm. Of course we get very hungry between breakfast and lunch time but we always have nuts to snack on ;) Occasionally we’ll have friends over for lunch and we’ll cook something nice for them. After lunch we treat ourselves to our favorite duties. Whether we are researching color and fabrics for a new collection, creating content for social media or even working on future collaborations, this is when we feel the most creative.
The day goes by really fast, and without knowing, it’s already 7pm and is time for both of us to go home and hit the gym. We are big foodies, and luckily Madrid has an amazing food scene, so we try to have a cheeky dinner here and there, sometimes even a drink - or two - with our boyfriends and friends.”
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