Julia Chaplin, freelance journalist and world traveler, started to notice a pattern during her travels to far off destinations. In every corner of the globe, there was always a certain group of people that were traveling in a way that could best be described as cultural foraging.


Chaplin, who has always been fascinated with bohemian adventures, couldn't help but take notice of the  nomadic, yet sophisticated travelers. Inspired by their "high-flying, low-key" lifestyles, Chaplin coined the term Gypset, a fusion of "gypsy" and "jetset." From there, the Gypset line of dresses was created - a collection of pieces characterized by bold prints and colors. We caught up with Julia Chaplin to discuss her fashion brand - here's what she had to say:



Image by Lizzie Gilbert


How would you describe a Gypset?

It’s the wile wanderlust of gypsy mixed with the sophistication of jet set.



What inspired you to venture into the realm of design and start your own collection?

When I travelled to a gypset enclave, I was always looking for something to wear. Casual pieces that work for all occasions (for small suitcases) and that weren't too designer-looking, yet embody a mash of references. When you travel, first impressions are important as everyone is a stranger-- so it’s fun to wear clothes that tell a little a bit of a story about who you are (cool!) and where you came from (everywhere!).



What is on the Gypset moodboard?

Dashikis, A Star is Born, "10" and 1970's era Mexico, the desert


What are the ultimate G-spots?

I just launched my second book, "Gypset Travel,” featuring ten gypset locations around the world.


Image by Julien Capmeil

What are the five things you cannot leave home without when you are off exploring the world?

  1. A sarong
  2. A Tooschi bikini
  3. A beat up pair of Haviana's I bought in Rio seven years ago
  4. A Burton snowboard bag with big wheels for pulling over sand and gravel
  5. A pashmina that I use as a sweater, blanket, and robe


A Gypset sarong captured by The Sartorialist in Montauk.


Shop Gypset Sarongs here


What is next for Gypset?

Check out my book "Gypset Travel" which is out now! Read more about Gypset Travel here.


 White Greek Dashiki Drawstring Mini Dress and Blue Greek Dashiki Shirt

 White Greek Dashiki Shirt and Blue Greek Dashiki Drawstring Mini Dress


To shop the full collection by Gyspet please click here!