Spotlight on the Designer: 9Seed

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The ‘Spotlight on the Designer’ is an all-access interview with the brands and designers behind Maison du Maillot. For many of them this is their first time they will be available in this part of the world and we want to know what they wear, how they create and what inspires them!

This week we interview Temma Dahan Newman of gorgeous clothing line, 9Seed! 

Tell us about where you are based?  Santa Monica , California

Tell us a little about your brand? I was looking for the perfect beach coverup to throw on while in my favorite destination Tulum .  I was sketching and came up with some flowy beachy pieces .  

What or who inspires you, and why? I am inspired by the 70’s boho era including Marisa Berenson and Jane Birkin.  I love everything about this St Tropez style glamour and flow.

What was the inspiration behind your newest collection? My Resort'15 collection was inspired by the colors and fragrances of Tahiti!  I am currently working on spring'15 and the inspiration is part Grecian Goddess mixed with St Tropez glamour.

What is your favourite piece from your recent collection and why? My heart still favours the Tulum Maxi dress. It’s a staple in my wardrobe . Perfect for a hot day or night……

Do you have anything in the future you are really excited about for your brand? We are excited to be selling to some of my favourite destinations like Morocco, France, Spain and the Middle East .  The brand is becoming global , that is a dream come true!  We are so grateful for the success of the brand and for retailers like Maison du Maillot! (Editors note: Aaah! ) 

What is your one piece of advice you would give to any designer who is starting up or considering starting up?  Follow your dreams and don’t be afraid of hard work.  Keep focused and never give up.

Where are your favourite beaches/pools around the world and why? I am a true beach girl, my favourite beaches are in Tulum , Mexico and I love the tropical  pools in Miami.

What are your beach bag essential? Sunscreen and some fabulous sunnies! I am now wearing some vintage sunnies from the 70’s .

What is your own signature beach style? I love  bikini for a golden tan and a  9SEED Tulum coverup with a floppy hat and some big sunnies!

And finally, do you have any top tips for staying stylish by the pool/beach and if so, what is it?  I love to wear the Corsica romper by the pool and lots of sunscreen to protect that golden tan.

5 quick ‘getting to know you holiday’ questions:


  • Bikini or One-piece - bikini
  • Heels or flats - flip flops
  • Beachside or Poolside - beachside
  • Deserted island or Party island -   deserted island with my husband Anthony
  • Book or Music - music

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