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Bayport duo starts apparel line emphasizing a 'free spirit'

Sam Desmond
Posted 4/9/20

With a refreshing take on island living and adventurous individualism, Lost Voyagers Company is an apparel brand that speaks to an explorer’s free spirit and a gamesman’s sense of …

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Bayport duo starts apparel line emphasizing a 'free spirit'

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With a refreshing take on island living and adventurous individualism, Lost Voyagers Company is an apparel brand that speaks to an explorer’s free spirit and a gamesman’s sense of doubt.

Started by Bayport-Blue Point High School seniors Jack Classen and Ethan Trotta, Lost Voyagers Compa- ny was such an impressive endeavor that the pair won first place at their school’s prestigious Phantom Challenge earlier in February this year.

“Seeing and feeling the quality of the pieces in person was just such a nice touch,” said Bayport-Blue Point Chamber president, Carol Seitz, on the evening of Classen and Trotta’s presentation.

Decidedly nautical, with ships and mermaids in its designs, Lost Voyagers is planning to expand to the rugged outdoors with mountaineering, snowboarding, and hiking-themed apparel.

“Our goal is to motivate people to get out more,” said Classen of his brand’s expansive universe in the untamed frontiers of sea and forest.

Friends for even more than their lifetime (Classen’s and Trotta’s fathers have been best friends since their childhood), the pair has an envi- able, beautiful, symphonious connection with ideas, where one will expand on the other. The wicked mermaid, one of the most iconic and inspirational designs they have, was one constructed together with Classen’s predilection for the vintage diver sealing the idea into one of the most unique interpretations of island living in the saturated market.

Lifelong beach fanatics who enjoy surfing, boating, fishing, and all things the Great South Bay has to offer, Classen and Trotta wanted to translate the life lessons they learned on the water to lasting, tangible mantras they could wear.

“Honor the journey,” said Classen of their brand’s message to its patrons, who range in gender and age.

While teenagers, Classen and Trotta belie a wisdom of following and genuflecting to nature that is sagacious. They want the bay and the wilderness they’ve enjoyed to be something for everyone in future generations as their brand continues to grow.

“We’d like to pay our dues to the ocean,” said Trotta, by starting a design where all profits go to save our shores and sponsoring beach cleanups.

Of the darker tone in some of their designs, Classen said, “We respect the ocean, but we don’t take advantage of it. Surfing is awesome, but dangerous, so we try to show how life has its ups and downs in our brand.”

“Life is a voyage, everyone is trying to find their way; we aim to get everyone on the voyage together,” Trotta added, explaining their mission statement.

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