About Us


Just like Cabana Life clothing, we:

  • Work hard, play hard & relax luxuriously
  • Multi-task like a champ
  • Travel well
  • Mix nicely with others
  • Get it done
  • Are tried & true
  • Slide seamlessly from sand to sidewalk, beach to bar, & every day to vacay
  • Challenge the status quo
  • Protect the best of them
  • Feel best when paired with good wine & friends
  • Are colorful, inspired, healthy & philanthropic
  • Provide stylish sun safety in everything we do


  • Stuffy
  • Fussy
  • Boring
  • Serious
  • Pretentious
  • Mass Market


Most 26 year olds don’t expect to hear the “C” word at such a young age. Melissa Papock, the founder of Cabana Life, certainly wasn't ready for cancer. At the time of her melanoma diagnosis, she was 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), she thought she knew all the latest fashion trends. She was shocked when her dermatologist told her to wear "sun protective clothing," because lightweight clothing wasn't protecting her as much as she thought.

Alyssa Adams, former Director of Merchandising at Vanity Fair, learned about Melissa's story, which resonated with her due to her own family history of melanoma. The two entrepreneurs began a journey to start a new trend, one that would make sun protection fashionable.

Cabana Life has since become a staple for fashions that take you from the sand to sidewalk. The collection of 50+ UPF clothing offers a variety of sun essentials including bathing suits, dresses, hats, cover-ups, tunics, shirts and pants for boys, girls and women.

Cabana Life has partnered with various like-minded organizations such as Stand Up To Cancer & Melanoma Research Alliance to raise funds to help further skin cancer research, education and prevention. The company’s mission is to spread awareness about proper UV protection while maintaining a sense of style.

Cabana Life fashions work as hard as you do- and like you, they are bright, healthy, easygoing & beautiful.


Now that you know why we started Cabana Life, You get why we are so passionate about making UV protective fashion you actually WANT to wear.


  • A tan is your body's way of saying, "Stop! I've been damaged from sun exposure and am sending out some pigment to protect myself from further damage."
  • A base tan is just a sign of skin damage; it's not a way to protect yourself from further damage.
  • According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, clothing is the first line of defense against sun exposure.
  • Even if you're in the shade, if you can see the sun, your skin can be damaged by UV rays.
  • Clouds can actually increase the amount of radiation that reaches your skin.
  • You are safest from the sun when your skin is covered with UPF 50+ clothing and sunscreen.