Shopping Nantucket | Atlantic

Shopping Nantucket offers a plethora of tempting picks and Atlantic, in their spacious new spot on Federal Street, should most definitely be on your list. Longtime summer resident Colleen Darby Wurts originally started her business in a friend’s Sconset garage. After spending the winter picking choice antiques, she did three big summer weekends there and was a resounding success. She then took a small space downtown on Easy Street for two years, subsequently moving to the barn on Straight Wharf, where Scrub Oak is now, for five years, where she included a small edited women’s boutique on the second floor.

Shopping Nantucket | AtlanticWhen the Federal Street store in the center of town became available, it offered the perfect opportunity for Colleen to expand. Here art, antiques, accessories, fashion and jewelry commingle effortlessly in an island friendly lifestyle environment.

Shopping Nantucket at AtlanticOne of my favorite discoveries was the art of Alfred Ortega. Trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Ortega’s work exhibits a bold exuberance, often with saturated colors and dynamic movement.

Alfred Ortega at Atlantic on Nantucket

Every year Colleen goes through his body of work and selects those that resonate with her. This figural study, already sold, had a vitality and life bursting through the more monochromatic coloration.

Shopping Nantucket at Atlantic with Alfred Ortega

Like the best of Nantucket shops, Atlantic has a collection edited with an eye to artistry and craftsmanship. The beautiful porcelain tea lights by Lilach Lotan, a potter from British Columbia, are a wonderful example of functional art. With organic forms, expressed in a semi-matte white glaze, they look as lovely on display as when lit on a table.

Lilach Lotan tea lights at Atlantic on Nantucket

Besides their natural artistic beauty, Michelle Scholnick‘s sculptural bronzes can be used for a variety of functions. Their organic shapes and fine finishes are evocative of the artist’s jewelry collections.

Bronzes at Nantucket's Atlantic

A wide ranging assortment of vintage items and antiques affirms Colleen’s eclectic and tasteful eye.

antique faux bamboo chairs at Atlantic on Nantucket

antiques at Atlantic Nantucket

And mixed in is a collection of handcrafted artisanal pieces like American-made baskets from Akis,

Akis baskets at Atlantic Nantucket

linens from cult favorite Christina Kim’s Dosa

Dosa linens at Atlantic on Nantucket

and Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico sourced Abrazo

Abrazo linens at Atlantic, Nantucket

and Kerry Cassill’s fun one of a kind beach umbrellas.

Kerry Cassill umbrellas at Atlantic Nantucket

In the fashion category, Colleen looks for the same unique qualities as she does in her home furnishings – lesser known brands with a high level of creativity and craftsmanship. The hand crocheted bags of Lorenza Gandaglia are a favorite. Made in Florence by skilled artisans, they exude casual Italian chic. Whether a tailored tote,

Lorenza Gandaglia handbags at Atlantic, Nantucket

colorful clutch

Lorenza Gandaglia clutches at Atlantic, Nantucketor gypset hobo with a little bling, they are covetable fashion statements.

Lorenza Gandaglia bags at Atlantic, Nantucket

And for easy summer style, the Linde bags, designed in St. Barth’s and made in Paris of Italian leather, are hard to beat. In a kaleidoscope of textures and colors, Colleen has sold so many that they produced an Atlantic blue version this year.

Linde bags at Atlantic on Nantucket

For clothing, Colleen carries a collection of small, idiosyncratic lines such as Australian Megan Park, whose artistic sensibility is a perfect fit.

Megan Park at Atlantic on Nantucket

And this year she went to Paris and picked up several smaller lines which don’t show up in New York, that have proved very popular, such as Belgian Sofie D’Hoore, whose Jil Sander-like understated structured style has a detailed purist form.

Sofie D'Hoore at Atlantic on Nantucket

And lastly, there is of course jewelry. My favorite collection is probably from RISD grad Annette Ferdinandsen. Leaves, coral, feathers and birds are expressed in her delicate nature inspired pieces. I especially love her signature claw setting.

Annette Ferdinandsen jewelry at Atlantic Nantucket

The atmosphere at Atlantic is a unified collage of products that define Colleen’s love of craftsmanship and authenticity. And there is that wonderful sense of discovery that you can find each time you visit.


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6 Responses to Shopping Nantucket | Atlantic

  1. pretty pink tulips says:

    How funny, Stacey. Grant and I wandered in there just this week and loved the mix of art, objets and fashion. I loved that black bag, as I have made by that very designer – found in Dallas.

    Great find and definitely a shop to peruse in Nantucket!
    ~ Elizabeth

  2. franki says:

    The displays…oh, the displays…works of art in themselves. THAT is what makes one want to “go in and explore.” Just beautiful!! franki

  3. Karena says:

    Stacey all of her finds are so artful and unique. Thank you for sharing this experience.
    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

  4. Lyn from Hockley Valley says:

    Stacey, this is another lovely post, with thanks. May I humbly offer a suggestion for a future post that’s in a completely different direction? I’ve never suggested a post subject to a blogger before but here goes. The set locations for the current TV mini series ‘Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell’ are unbelievably rich and varied. I subscribe to several (aka a LOT of )design blogs but haven’t found anyone who has taken a closer look at the scrumptious interiors which surprises me . If you haven’t seen the show, take a look. Trust me, you’ll be hitting the Pause button multiple times just to drool over some of the set locations.

  5. Phyllis says:

    So much to love here! That pair of wingback chairs has me imagining a night by the fire in a seaside cottage and I have to say I would love a pair of Annette Ferdinandsen’s clawfoot earrings – those are fabulous!

  6. andrea cross says:

    Love “made by branch” (Michelle Scholnick) amazing functional bronze objects. For those of you stuck in Fairfield County these are available @ Axel Interiors in Norwalk!

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