If you show up at Le Palm Café, in Biarritz, you may find her preparing delicious veggie dishes, but that’s not her only usual activity. She can also be out surfing the Bay of Biscay waves, creating beautiful ceramic pieces, reading or modelling, preferably for sustainable brands. Is Sirikit, the inspiring soul we had the pleasure to count as a model, who we’re talking about.
Sirikit, could you tell us a little about yourself?
How would you describe yourself?
Holà! This is Sirikit from Biarritz, France. I run a café in a vegan and chill mood, not too far from the beach, for four years. I work as a model and content creator as well. I like to describe myself as a Jack of all trades and master of none.
We know that surfing plays a very important role in your life. How do you think this sport influences your connection with nature?
Surfing, or even just floating, is the most beautiful definition of freedom. It brings a lot of peace and surpassing oneself. A true passion for adventure and nature.
Spending so much time in the water makes you more aware of the need for conservation of the ocean and, of course, the climate emergency.
Our second collection is called Conversations with the Sea, and it’s inspired by the feeling of freedom that we can sense when we are near the ocean.
How do you feel when you are by the sea? Has the fact of living close to the ocean helped you cope better with this chaotic time in our lives?
Being near the sea, feeling the ocean breeze… that makes people feel better, in general. Fortunately, even during lockdowns, I could walk down to the shore almost every day. It brought me a lot of well-being and made me realize how lucky I am. At certain points, the current situation can be really hard, but I try to see the best in every moment.
You recently starred as our model in Ibiza. Tell us a little about the shoot day.
It was my first time in Ibiza and the day was sunny and warm. The location was far from the jet-set clubbing Ibiza I imagined. A lovely little Cala welcomed us with its amazing blue water. The colours were changing by the sunlight. The team was super friendly and professional. We got along, at first sight, it was one of those days you don’t realize you’re actually working. I usually don’t like to see my pictures but I am super proud of the results of this shooting.
What comes to mind when you think in B| THE BEACH BRAND?
B| THE BEACH BRAND is feminine and actual. Their pieces fit every kind of morphology. Their bikinis make me feel self-confident and unique. More is less, every detail makes the difference. The sister duo proved one more time that an independent brand with transparent, eco-friendly practices is more actual than ever. We can change our habits for a sustainable future and still being in love with bikinis!
What is your favorite piece from the new collection?
The Bloom Bra and the Anne Bottom, both in ice tea colour.
When it comes to making buying decisions, how important is it for you to choose sustainable brands? Do you usually research what is there behind a brand before you buy it?
I’m not perfect in this matter, but I buy vintage and second-hand clothes more often than before. If I buy new clothes I always choose timeless and sustainable pieces. Even for all my Instagram’s collaborations I only work with eco-friendly brands. I emphasize the importance of the longevity of high-quality fabrics: they can be worn longer, passed on to new owners and even easier to repair.
2020 has been a difficult year. In your case, your restaurant had to be closed for some time. What did you take the opportunity to do with this extra free time?
The Palm has been closed since last November. It’s hard sometimes. At times I have the feeling of worthlessness. But on the bright side, I have more time for myself, my wellness and for working on new projects. I squeeze my creative side, I have the time to work on all the materials I love such as clay, jewellery… And most important, I’m able to surf at every perfect moment of the tides!
What is the first thing you would like to do when the pandemic is over? Where would you like to travel in the first place?
Going back to Portugal! I’ve been in love with this country since I visited it so many years ago, and I really want to discover Africa too.
What does it sound like on your Spotify playlist? Would you recommend any special book?
A lot of groove, afrobeat and some classic bossa nova! In the books chapter, I would recommend Peacocks Dancing, by Sharon Maas. It’s one of my favorite books ever.