Peter Beaton

Peter Beaton

Darcy Creech and her store, Peter Beaton, are institutions here on Nantucket. It all started in 1989 when Darcy made herself a chic, flower-adorned panama hat to wear to a party here on island. It was an instant hit and in no time, Darcy built for herself a successful hat company selling to the likes of Henri Bendel, Neiman Marcus, Barney’s, Nordstrom, and two First Ladies. Four years later she sold the company and decided to move to Nantucket full time. She named her new company Peter Beaton after her first son and bought a house in the middle of town that is now her store.…

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Nantucket Looms

Nantucket Looms

Nantucket Looms represents some of the best artisanal industry on Nantucket. Liz Winship, who has been on the board of directors of the Nantucket Atheneum and Small Friends, worked for Nantucket Looms for years before purchasing it in 1993. And this year the store moved to its own building at 31 Main St. Famous for its hand woven throws and textiles, which are woven upstairs in the studio, the Loom also carries other home furnishings and accessories as well as the works of many local artists, from the paintings of Robert Stark Jr., and the embroidered narratives of Susan Boardman, to the carvings of master ship model builder Mark Sutherland and the fine jewelry of Susan Lister Locke. …

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Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Well today seems to be the day for all sorts of new discoveries. Dessin Fournir, the well respected company that represents several distinguished manufacturers, from their own eponymous line to de Gournay and Kerry Joyce, today introduced fabulous Oculus Mirrors from Van Gregory & Norton. These stunning architectural objects are hand made in their Brooklyn studio. Made of bamboo, wood and papier mache, they are available in a wide variety of contemporary and traditional finishes from matte white gesso and gloss candy lacquers to white gold and silver leaf. There are six Oculus frame styles available with either antiqued or clear glass convex mirrors ranging in diameter from 6 to 18 inches.…

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Miles of Style at Taigan

Miles of Style at Taigan

For those of you who don’t already know about Taigan and Fetch, let me introduce you. Taigan is a beautifully designed, sophisticated, members only (membership is free) online collection of the very best specialty shops across the country (and some abroad) for almost everything – fashion, home decor, art, antiques, jewelry, gourmet food and fine gifts. Sit at home and shop from such places as Suzanne Rheinstein’s stylish Hollyhock, the luxury Relais & Chateau destination Blackberry Farm in Tennessee, or at today’s quintessence feature Susan van der Linde. Taigan’s creative director is none other than noted author Julia Reed, the former writer and editor at Vogue and longtime contributing editor at Newsweek. …

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Here Comes the Sun

Here Comes the Sun

As you now know, I go out of my way to avoid getting sun. Despite my good sunscreens, sometimes you just don’t even want the rays. This year, I invested in a beautiful new sun hat. But not just any hat. My secret source is the fabulous Susan van der Linde store upstairs on 57th Street. This bastion of quiet elegance has the loveliest shoes, bags and spectacular hats, worthy of Ascot or the Kentucky Derby (which some of her clients buy for). Everything is totally custom. In true sartorial manner, your head is measured and fabric and accessories (if appropriate) are selected.…

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Camel Classics

Camel Classics

chloe

Of the many post ideas I had lined up, one was identical to Habitually Chic’s Chic in Camel post from last week. Not only was I going to talk about how excited I was that camel is coming back but was also going to reference the beautiful Chloe fall collection, which I’m listing here just in case you missed Heather’s post. My sartorial style tends to be tailored classic with a few surprises thrown in and this fall has tons of choices. Now if my checkbook would just cooperate… Here are some additional picks, some of which are rather reasonable.…

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Farmers’ Fare

Farmers’ Fare

My sister lives in Dutchess County, NY (Hudson River Valley) part of the time.  She has been begging me to come visit her on a day when we can go to the Vassar Farmer’s Market together. With all four kids home this summer, I haven’t made it yet, but I get vicarious pleasure from her descriptions. She swears the area is a food paradise. The vendors are all local and the produce is picked that morning, like the fruit above and zucchini below from Kessman Farms in Pawling – Stephen Kessman is the 4th generation of his family to be running the farm.…

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Who’s the fairest of them all

Who’s the fairest of them all


Well I guess that would have to be me (no, not above). And not in terms of Snow White beauty but in terms of blue white cast. As my brother-in-law used to say to me in my SoHo days when I wore a lot more black – “you look like you crawled out from under a rock”. Now, in our dermatologically obsessed culture, that would probably be a compliment. I have been on a decades long search for effective sun screen. People say that smell is the sense most linked to memory and it must be true because summer for me will forever be associated with the scent of Sea and Ski, which really didn’t do anything preventative, evidenced by my annual bout of sun poisoning.…

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Mindbender of a weekend

Mindbender of a weekend

shutter island

inception

So my husband and I saw both Shutter Island (on DVD) and Inception (in the theater) this past weekend. My head was spinning. Poor Leonardo DiCaprio – what a year. Can you imagine preparing for two psychological roles like that so close together? Shutter Island wasn’t bad but I thought the weak sister of the two. Clearly one needs to see Inception several times to take it all in. It is in my mind the best I’ve ever seen of this genre  – Matrix, Butterfly Effect etc. In fact maybe it’s in a category all its own. The thing that makes it so amazing is how the visuals are so essential to the plot – you have to watch on many levels at once.…

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Nantucket Bound

Nantucket Bound

I don’t think I’ll normally be writing on Sunday but I  wanted to let you know that I am leaving tomorrow for a week’s family vacation on Nantucket. Don’t worry – I have some fun posts planned for while I’m away. I’ll be scouting while I’m up there and look forward to reporting back to you with my favorite spots and hopefully some new finds. Keep your fingers crossed for good weather.

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