Seafoam has a heart for sustainability. I am always looking at ways I can improve its impact and I expect our labels to do the same when designing their surf wear collections. It is something that is always in the back of my mind, even shopping for personal items. However, it's something I never really thought about when looking at jewellery. How can they become more sustainable? I spoke to Sara Strachan about her Jewellery label Océan Bohème and how she is working hard to make a difference.
Hey Sara, what is the story behind 'Océan Bohème' and what makes your jewellery more 'sustainable'?
What motivated you to start your own jewellery business?
How and when did you get into surfing?
What brought you to Hossegor and how did you experience settling abroad?
I've lived in France quite a few times before - during snowboarding seasons, when I used to teach windsurfing and also a stint in Bordeaux. I also speak fluent French. When covid hit and my travel consultant job took a turn for the worse I thought maybe it was time to take the plunge and try and and go full time with my business. I had friends in Hossegor and thought I would go and visit in the summer of 2020 whilst I no longer had work ties. So I bought a van to transport my jewellery and whilst I was there I started dating an English guy who had bought a restaurant in Hossegor Everything fell into place and the rest is history!
What does your average working day look like running your own business?
What do you love most about running Ocean Bohème?
Did you study or do any courses in jewellery making or business, or did you learn ‘on the job’?
With production based in Bali, do you often meet your manufacturer?
In the beginning I met my manufacturer once a year and also sent out friends to meet him. However I soon realised that this wasn't necessary even though an excuse to go to Bali is always nice! I now mainly use What's app for designs, pricing and quality control - the magic of social media!
How did you decide on what charity you'd support with your brand?I have supported and donated regularly to Surfers Against Sewage since I was about 13 years old so it seemed natural to continue supporting this charity that's close to my heart. I also recently heard about coral regeneration and immediately thought this would be a great fit too. I remember at university doing an essay on the importance of coral reefs so I knew how important that were for biodiversity and oxygen production. I also like that I support one marine conservation programme from the UK and another that is based in the tropical locations where I often base my imagery for Ocean Boheme.
How do you like to spend your free time? do you have much time left to surf?
I love all sorts of beach/ocean activities from sea-glass hunting to sea swimming, surfing and paddle boarding. When not at the beach I also love photography (sometimes I take that in the sea too with my under water housing - haha), longboard skating and snowboarding. Living by a surf beach and having a flexible work schedule is luckily great for surfing - my only issue now is that Hossegor is known for its big waves so often it can be too big for my skills!
If you could surf anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would you be?
Do you have any exciting plans when all this Covid madness is over?
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