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Cabana Life Cabana

Classic sophistication is always in fashion

If you're going to wear clothing that blocks up to 98% of UV rays, we know that you're much more likely to put it on every day when it's as chic as it is practical. That's why we've developed a variety of unique prints that fuse classic nautical elements with current trends in a timeless fashion.

Founders Alyssa and Melissa
Alyssa & Melissa


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.

As the Cabana Life family grows, the founders hope to help your family stay sun safe and stylish.

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Let Cabana Life help you build a healthy relationship with the sun.

Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) measures a fabric's effectiveness
against both UVA & UVB light.  UPF 50+ is the highest fabric rating
available, blocking 98% of UVA & UVB rays.

Here are some surprising facts about sun damage:

· 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.

Cabana Life Vs Average T-Shirt