Journalist Julia Chaplin invented the word Gypset (gypsy + jet-set) and her new book Gypset Style focuses on an emerging group of artists, musicians, fashion designers, surfers and bon vivants, who lead semi-nomadic, unconventional lives. The Gypsetters featured in their self designed homes include conceptual artist Andrea Zittel from Joshua Tree, the Mignot sisters from Sayulita, Mexico and Damien Hirst and Maia Norman Thames from London and Trancoso, Mexico.
There’s also a historic section that traces the evolution of the Gypset movement; from the British romantic poets, Victorian era adventuresses to surrealists in Mexico
Chaplin describes Gypsetters, as ‘people I’ve met or been inspired by in my travels, who have perfected a high-low approach to life that fuses the freelance and nomadic wile of a gypsy with the sophistication and global references of the jet set. It’s an alternative way of traveling and living that’s based more on creativity then money. Instead of a luxury hotel in St Tropez or St. Bart’s, you might find a Gypsetter in Montauk, Cornwall, or in a teepee in Ibiza.’
We can so feel a 70’s kaftan moment coming on!