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DID YOU KNOW THAT A TYPICAL LIGHTWEIGHT, WHITE COTTON T- SHIRT IS THE EQUIVALENT OF SPF 5*?

Cabana Life combines fashion with function by offering stylish clothing with 50+ UV protection through patented SkinSafe™ Technology. The collection offers a variety of beach-essentials including bathing suits, hats, cover-ups, tunics, shirts, and pants for boys, girls, and women. These "beach club chic" styles have garnered a celebrity following that includes Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Marcia Gay Harden, Jack Black, and Lisa Kudrow.

Founded by Melissa Papock, a melanoma survivor, Cabana Life is a socially-conscious company that strives to increase skin cancer education through numerous strategic partnerships with non-profit organizations such as Huntsman Cancer Institute, The Skin Cancer Foundation, Women's Dermatologic Society, Shade Foundation, and many others.

* Source: The Skin Cancer Foundation

FROM THE FOUNDER MELISSA PAPOCK

MelissaI guess you'd call me your typical fashion-conscious New Yorker. Having worked as a merchandising expert for top fashion and beauty magazines including Vogue, Vanity Fair, Allure, Marie Claire, Self, Seventeen, and O (The Oprah Magazine), I thought I knew all the latest fashion trends.

 

After being diagnosed with a malignant melanoma at age 26, the deadliest form of skin cancer, I discovered something very important about the clothing that I thought was protecting me. Ordinary, light-weight clothing is often the equivalent of SPF 5! That's when my doctor informed me that sun protective clothing exists. I wondered why I hadn't heard of sun protective clothing, but when I saw the available options, I knew exactly why.

 

Sun protective clothing is only helpful if you wear it, and I realized there was a need to develop STYLISH, UPF clothing.

 

So with the help of my loving husband (who also battled skin cancer), we formed Cabana Life. Our growing family (three VERY fair kids) has helped further fuel our desire to protect and educate children and parents alike.

 

Trust me, I never expected to hear the "C" word, and at such a young age! But if we can use our experiences to help you protect yourself or loved ones, we've accomplished our goal.

 

Stay safe,
Melissa Marks Papock
Founder & President
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FROM CO-FOUNDER, ALYSSA ADAMS

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Melissa and I met while I was working at Vanity Fair as Director of Merchandising. When she shared her idea to create a fashionable, sun protective collection that educates the public about the dangers of the sun, I decided to leave behind my glam days at Conde Nast and join her for the journey that has become Cabana Life.

Unfortunately, I was all too familiar with the devastating effects of skin cancer, a disease that recently claimed the lives of two women close to my heart - Doris Rockland and Pat Adams.

It is my mission to use Cabana Life as a way to spread awareness about proper UV protection, while always maintaining a sense of style. Nothing has been more gratifying than being with my kids at spray parks around NYC or at the Jersey Shore and spotting an adorable (well protected) child wearing Cabana Life.

Living Cabana Life