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SUMMERSKIN specializes in fashionable, affordable sun-protective clothing that you can wear anywhere.

We aren’t talking about rash guards or nylon hiking shorts—our goal is to provide you with apparel that reflects your personal style while helping to prevent skin damage from harmful UV rays.

Aside from wanting to protect against premature aging, 1 out of every 5 people in America will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime. Founder & President, Summer Kramer, is a skin-cancer survivor who searched in vain for chic UPF clothing after her diagnosis. When she couldn’t find street wear that met her needs, she started SUMMERSKIN.

Our luxury fabrics are untreated—other companies that manufacture sun-protective clothing achieve the UPF 50+ rating with chemical additives. We do not.

Summer spent years finding the best fabrics, worked with leading testing labs, and the result is high-end, flattering fabrics (cottons, Tencel, and bamboo blends) that naturally protect your skin.

By utilizing classic silhouettes, SUMMERSKIN clothing and accessories provides sun protection that fits your modern lifestyle.

With your support we can make our dream a reality!

The SUMMERSKIN Beach Kit can be provided as the full kit or split into individual items (see Our Rewards to the right).

The SUMMERSKIN Beach Kit: Mirror, Bag, Ball and Bottle
The SUMMERSKIN Beach Kit: Mirror, Bag, Ball and Bottle

The $50 Reward

Endless possibilities with our UPF 50+ Endless Summer Scarf™
Endless possibilities with our UPF 50+ Endless Summer Scarf™

The $70 Reward

Stay hydrated and protect your skin with the SUMMERSKIN aluminum water bottle and an Endless Summer Scarf™ in the color of your choice.
Stay hydrated and protect your skin with the SUMMERSKIN aluminum water bottle and an Endless Summer Scarf™ in the color of your choice.

The $99 Rewards

The essential SUMMERSKIN Raglan Pull-over. UPF 50+. Colors: Wine, Plum, Ocean Blue, or Charcoal Grey.
The essential SUMMERSKIN Raglan Pull-over. UPF 50+. Colors: Wine, Plum, Ocean Blue, or Charcoal Grey.
The Evolution Hoodie™ (available in Black only) and the ultimate in casual chic, the SUMMERSKIN Dolman (available in Kiwi Green, White and Black).
The Evolution Hoodie™ (available in Black only) and the ultimate in casual chic, the SUMMERSKIN Dolman (available in Kiwi Green, White and Black).
The SUMMERSKIN Half-Button Tunic. UPF 30. Available in Black.
The SUMMERSKIN Half-Button Tunic. UPF 30. Available in Black.
The always elegant SUMMERSKIN Open Cardigan. UPF 50+. Colors: Black, White, Grey, Pink, Plum, Kiwi Green.
The always elegant SUMMERSKIN Open Cardigan. UPF 50+. Colors: Black, White, Grey, Pink, Plum, Kiwi Green.
The SUMMERSKIN Tencel Denim Palazzo Pant in 2 washes. UPF 50+.
The SUMMERSKIN Tencel Denim Palazzo Pant in 2 washes. UPF 50+.

The $100 Reward

The SUMMERSKIN Beach Kit + an Endless Summer Scarf™ in the color of your choice.
The SUMMERSKIN Beach Kit + an Endless Summer Scarf™ in the color of your choice.

The $115 Reward

The fun and flirty SUMMERSKIN Wrap Dress. UPF50+.
The fun and flirty SUMMERSKIN Wrap Dress. UPF50+.

The $160 Reward

The SUMMERSKIN Maxi Dress. An updated classic. UPF 50+.
The SUMMERSKIN Maxi Dress. An updated classic. UPF 50+.

The $175 Reward

The elegant SUMMERSKIN Kimono Maxi Dress - All we can say is…..beautiful, luxurious and POCKETS! UPF 50+.
The elegant SUMMERSKIN Kimono Maxi Dress - All we can say is…..beautiful, luxurious and POCKETS! UPF 50+.

Video Credits:

  • Many thanks and more to the team at Buck Studio!
  • Project Video Song: "Let's Go" - The Blues and Greys. Special thanks to Benjamin Sweet at Wednesday Records.
  • Behind the Scenes Song: "Tell You Why" - The Pietasters.Thank you Pietasters! All of my love to you and my family!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We are committed to keeping all production in the US, and supporting other small businesses in the process. Our challenges could potentially include production timelines, but we will remain in contact with our amazing backers and provide updates as frequently as we can. Our goal is to help lower the incidence of skin cancer, and SUMMERSKIN apparel is our contribution to this goal. We feel confident in our estimated delivery dates and want you to be in your SUMMERSKIN as soon as possible.

FAQ

  • SUMMERSKIN is currently a women's wear line, but we plan to expand to men's and children's as soon as we are able. We need your help! Keep spreading the word so we can bring our men's wear line to production soon!

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  • After April 30th, and the Kickstarter campaign has been successfully funded, we will send out an email and survey to all of our amazing backers to collect all of the information needed to get you your chosen SUMMERSKIN reward. We will also collect your shipping address at this time. Until then, keep spreading the word!

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  • The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulates the labeling of sun-protective clothing. Clothes with less than a UPF 15 cannot be labeled as sun-protective. A standard white cotton T-shirt typically has a UPF 5-7. SUMMERSKIN products are dermatologist recommended and independently tested and certified for their labeled UPF. Most SUMMERSKIN products are certified at a UPF 50+, blocking over 98% of UV rays, which is the highest UPF rating allowed by the FTC.

    The UPF of fabric is effected by the thickness of the fabric, the tightness of the weave and the color, the darker the color the more inherent the sun-protection. The trick is to balance the sun-protective qualities with the comfort and style of the fabric.

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    SUMMERSKIN Mirror + Thank You Card - The perfect little pocket mirror for every day. Plastic flip-top cover converts to mirror stand.

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    SUMMERSKIN Canvas Tote Bag + Thank You Card - Slim design allows for easy storage when traveling. 12" handle drop height allows for shoulder or hand carry. Made from Natural Cotton.

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    SUMMERSKIN Beach Ball + Thank You Card - The classic 16" SUMMERSKIN inflatable beach ball. Fun!

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    SUMMERSKIN Aluminum Water Bottle - Single wall aluminum construction, 26 oz. capacity. Features twist-on lid with silver 5mm carabineer. Material: BPA-free Aluminum. 

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    An Endless Summer Scarf™ in the color of your choice - Endless ways to get easy and chic sun protection. The Endless Summer Scarf™ can be worn as an infinity scarf, shoulder wrap, instant hood, and skirt. Small and light enough to throw in your bag or purse and you're set for the day. UPF 50+. Bamboo viscose/spandex blend. One size fits most.

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    SUMMERSKIN Beach Kit - Includes: Mirror, Bag, Ball and Bottle.

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    An Endless Summer Scarf™ in the color of your choice + a SUMMERSKIN aluminum water bottle.

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    A Raglan Pull-over in the size and color of your choice - The essential everyday piece - yoga, coffee, or drinks - The SUMMERSKIN raglan will moderinize your daily routine. UPF 50+. Bamboo viscose/cotton/spandex blend. Sizes: S, M, L, XL.

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    A SUMMERSKIN Open Cardigan in the size and color of your choice - Our open cardigan elevates the standard piece that every woman has in her closet to a sun protective classic! UPF 50+. Bamboo viscose/spandex blend. Sizes: S, M, L, XL.

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    A SUMMERSKIN Dolman in the size and color of your choice - Incredibly flattering fit and shape, meant to be thrown over anything - casual chic at it's finest. Dress up your favorite denim and cami, or as easy as thrown over your swim suit. UPF 50+. Bamboo viscose/spandex blend. Sizes: S, M, L, XL.

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    A pair of our Palazzo Pants in the size and denim wash of your choice - Beautiful and easy Tencel Denim, non-stretch, wide-leg pant with drawstring waist for a fashion elevation of the loungy day. UPF 50+. Sizes: S, M, L, XL.

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    An Evolution Hoodie™ in the size of your choice - A refinement of the traditional hooded sweatshirt, with a feminine tie waist, and flattering tunic length in a light and luxurious French Fleece. The higher neck line and thumbhole details allow for an advanced level of sun protection. UPF 50+. Cotton/spandex. Sizes: S, M, L, XL.

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    A Half-Button Tunic in the size of your choice - The SUMMERSKIN Tunic adds that touch of structure to your wardrobe but looks great with flats or heels, your swimsuit or jeans. UPF 30. Cotton stretch poplin. Sizes: S, M, L, XL.

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    The SUMMERSKIN Beach Kit + an Endless Summer Scarf™ in the color of your choice - Everything you need for a day in the sun.

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    A SUMMERSKIN Wrap Dress in the size and color of your choice - An easy and modern take on the classic wrap dress. With inner panel tie to minimize those risky windy moments. Flattering fit for many body types. UPF 50+. Bamboo viscose/cotton/spandex blend. Sizes: S, M, L, XL.

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    Any $99 option + scarf - Choose from any of the $99 garments in the size and color of your choice + an Endless Summer Scarf™ in the color of your choice.

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    A SUMMERSKIN Maxi Dress in the size and color of your choice - The classic maxi silhouette with flattering seamlines to highlight all the right curves. UPF 50+. Bamboo viscose/cotton/spandex blend. Sizes: S, M, L, XL.

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    A SUMMERSKIN Kimono Maxi Dress in the size and color of your choice - An elegant maxi dress that can be dressed up or down for the ultimate in sun protective style. All we can say is…..beautiful, luxurious and POCKETS! Bamboo viscose/cotton/spandex blend. Sizes: S, M, L, XL.

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    An Endless Summer Scarf™ + a $99 option + Any 2 dresses in the size and color of your choice, and all wrapped up in a SUMMERSKIN Canvas Tote Bag.

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    More Everything! One of every SUMMERSKIN item in the color and size of your choice + the opportunity to have your name, picture and/or story on our site as a featured SUMMERSKIN supporter.

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    The opportunity to collaborate with Summer Kramer on a new SUMMERSKIN design and have the garment named after you.

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