Kate and Molly met in high school, in 1989, and became fast friends, even attending college together on the idyllic east end of Long Island. While Kate studied marine biology, Molly honed her skills as a graphic designer. The friends were ultimately separated by 6,000 miles—Kate moving on to study sea life on the reefs in Hawaii; Molly keeping a faster pace in New York City. Meanwhile, Peter was already hard at work in Honolulu identifying, categorizing, and naming the hundreds of sea plants of the Hawaiian Archipelago. When Kate moved to Hawaii, she befriended Peter and his burgeoning collection.
A few years later, Kate moved back east and found Molly. Anxious to collaborate on a creative project, the two dreamed of creating crisp, modern textile patterns, and Kate thought of Peter and his collection. Peter looked into his files and his microscope and sent Molly and Kate beautiful, otherworldly images from the depths and the shallows of the warm oceans. These little plants are the inspiration for nettle+fin’s first textile line.