Miles and miles. Coast to coast. Since April, the Faherty mobile beach house has been around the country and back, bringing Faherty goods to music festivals, resorts, beaches, stores and, most importantly, BBQ places. Hitched to our pick up truck, our 10 x 20 reclaimed barn wood trailer was custom built by friends and expands into a fully functioning beach bungalow with porches, a sound system and skylights. For us, it’s our home away from home (it’s just a missing a shower).
We caught up with Caitlin Tralka, our road warrior extraordinaire, to get an inside look at life on the road. From what we’ve seen, it’s been one hell of a ride.
1. How do you know the Fahertys?
We grew up together on the Jersey Shore. Originally, I was their friend “Andrew’s little sister.” When I was “cool enough” to hang with the big kids, I beach cruised over to the Faherty’s backyard bashes and eventually proved to be a friend. I could always guarantee a big smile and a hug from the twins.
Hanging with the bros at a trade show.
2. Who are you on the road with now?
The west coast tour team is made up of the Triple C-Doggs: Chalo, Chelsea and myself.
In-N-Out is a must on the road. Protein Animal Style.
Lounging in our Faherty gear.
3. What cities have you hit so far?
This spring and summer has been quite the adventure! I started in April at the music festival Coachella in Palm Desert and then made my way over to Fort Worth and Austin, TX. We rallied for the weekend like rock stars in Austin (love that city) and than traversed to Poole Shop in Charlotte, North Carolina and back up to Jersey for a home cooked meal and a re-charge. After Memorial Day, we visited Raleigh, Charleston, Wilmington, Atlanta, DC, Virginia Beach AND Nashville (love Nashville).
Trunk show at Stag - some of the best men’s shopping in Austin!
Because of awesome feedback, we immediately started planning our West Coast September Tour. In July and August, the trailer made a few very important stops around NYC, Montauk and Nantucket before bee-lining to Vegas for Project, a men’s trade show. From there, we picked up Chelsea in Scottsdale and the three amigos were on our way west.
Take me down to inventory town!
Enjoying a day off at the beach, in typical Faherty fashion.
We spent Labor Day weekend at the five-star Fairmont Princess Resort and then rallied up to San Fran before heading down to LA for a debut on the morning show Good Day LA. Last week we were in Costa Mesa at Bloomingdale’s South Coast Plaza.
Behind the scenes at Good Day LA. MF was clearly stoked.
Having fun on the set of our Good Day LA segment.
Next up? Santa Barbara for an event with our friends at K. Frank on State Street, then down to the infamous Abbot Kinney Festival. Our final destination is back to SoCal for a visit to Fashion Valley and Fashion Island, Newport Beach. Let the good times roll!
4. Which city has been your favorite?
Definitely San Francisco. We celebrated my 31st and we painted the city purple! I love it there. The cherry on top was the warm welcome to Faherty Brand – it’s a mutual love affair.
5. Favorite road trip jams?
Coffee house on Sirius XM even though Chalo (our driver) bans romantic tunes on the road.
6. Best drink you’ve had? (Alcoholic or Non)
Omission, duh. (Best gluten free beer around). “Drinking is believing.”
7. Best restaurant you’ve been to?
Nopa in San Fran. Hands down.
8. What’s been the most popular Faherty item?
On the road… swimsuits. Hipster bottoms for the ladies (maybe because I don’t hesitate to lift my dress to show the uniqueness of the suit) and flannels all around.
Had a blast in Wilmington! We found that not wearing shirts was a great sales tactic.
9. Any weird/memorable experiences?
Too many. Every day is weird when you’re on the road!
Juice makes for one happy road warrior!
West Coast = wide open spaces!
10. Favorite place you’ve crashed?
My boyfriend’s house in Leucadia. :)
To keep up with our trailer tour and find out where we’re heading next, check out our schedule here: http://fahertybrand.com/pages/2014-tour