Weekend Warrior: Cynthia Rowley

Designer Cynthia Rowley is one busy bee, what with designing her global collections and her gig as a judge on Lifetime’s “24 Hour Catwalk.” But she also finds time to unwind in Montauk (a.k.a., the anti-Hamptons) with her art-gallery-owner hubby, Bill Powers (himself a judge on Bravo’s “Work of Art”), and their daughters, Kit, 13, and Gigi, 7.

On Saturdays, I wake up early(ish). My kids sleep surprisingly late, until around 9 a.m. Then we’re all outside immediately like we’re shot out of a cannon. My girls and I walk along the cliffs into town, about a mile from our house. Bill drives and we meet at a local spot for breakfast. We walk into town and get coffee and goodies at Momofuku Milk Bar – newly installed at our Montauk store! I shoplift something to wear for dinner (ha!) on Saturday night.

We’ll spend the day at the beach. During the day, I wear a bikini covered up by giant cut-off jeans that used to be Bill’s, some variation on a Budweiser t-shirt and handmade, flat leather sandals from our shop. And I always have my CR wetsuits. Our house is on a private dirt road and all our friends have houses there, so we end up taking turns cooking out. If we do go out, we love The Crow’s Nest.

Sunday is pretty much the same. If we’re very, very lucky, we may get invited on our friend’s boat for wakeboarding.

Lauren David Peden writes for Rue La La as a Contributing Editor.


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