Off to Sea with Cyrill Gutsch

  • Words Robert Ito
  • Photography Emma Trim
  • Grooming Monica Alvarez

Meet the self-appointed design ambassador for the oceans.

Issue 48

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Design

  • Words Robert Ito
  • Photography Emma Trim
  • Grooming Monica Alvarez

CYRILL GUTSCH built his career as a designer for big-name brands. Then he founded Parley for the Oceans —and set out to change them.

For the past decade, Cyrill Gutsch has spent a sizable chunk of his waking hours trying to convince people, corporations and countries to be kinder to the sea. We all live together on this ocean planet, he says, and our lives and fates are inextricably tied to how we care for it. But rather than protesting in front of the corporate headquarters of oil companies or shaming brands and businesses on social media, Gutsch takes what he sees as a more productive approach to the problem. As CEO and founder of Parley for the Oceans, an environmental nonprofit based in New York City, Gutsch works as a unifier and collaborator, bringing companies and countries to...

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