I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Sara Campbell, the Boston-based women’s fashion designer whose eponymous brand and boutiques can be found here in Newport as well as throughout Massachusetts, in Florida, Virginia (Richmond and my ‘ol stomping grounds, Old Town, Alexandria), Michigan and Illinois. Designing seasonal collections that are made right here in the USA (See? It can be done and done exceptionally well), Campbell is a visionary. From her earliest years, launching a small textile/apparel business in 1983 after graduating from Lesley College in Cambridge, Mass. and Massachusetts College of Art, to christening nearly 20 boutiques as of this year, admirers of Campbell’s classic meets contemporary designs easily become longtime loyalists. How does it all happen? Here’s and inside look:
Newport Stylephile (NS): Who is the “Sara Campbell woman?” I very much have the Sara Campbell woman in mind when designing, as I have a responsibility to her. She is a classic, (yet not conservative!) woman who has a spirit for life. She is active both politically and socially. She cares about her community, therefore has reasons to dress. She cares about her health and well being, and makes time to do so. She loves a good party and she has a sense of humor! Most importantly, she loves a feminine detail, without being too sweet or cute. She is not afraid to take a chance on moving her style up a notch, but [she has] the ability to make a statement in her own voice. My pieces need to be easy to wear and should evoke simplicity. Every piece is an inspiration from the past, taking the wisdom from yesterday and applying it today’s needs. Dressing this lady is a privilege and an honor. It’s my job to empower her to feel pretty, strong and determined; that she can do anything she sets out to do. I would like to say she very much reminds me of my mother: tenacious!
NS: How would you describe Newport style and how does Sara Campbell complement that look? I was born and raised in La Jolla, California, overlooking the ocean. The beach was our playground, so Newport style is a natural for me. I live in Boston so that I can be close to the water; I need to be near the water. After all, I am a Cancer! Newport style is all about easy living and being by and on the sea. It’s clean, nautical, sassy, classic. There is so much history in Newport from the days of Jackie Kennedy to the traditions of so many events like the Newport Flower Show. It’s natural…but it is also extremely sophisticated.
PT. II Coming soon…til then, enjoy the summer sale at Sara Campbell Newport, which is offering 40% off the lowest ticketed price. My summer favorite?
And then there’s:
I admit; I didn’t know too much about J. McLaughlin when it opened its doors here on Newport’s tony Bellevue Avenue in 2010 (read the original JMcL post HERE!). Brothers Kevin and Jay McLaughlin christened their first shop in 1977—a time
when Ted Turner’s 12-meter Courageous swept the America’s Cup defender trials off Newport’s shores and Jaws had folks worldwide second guessing a salt-water dip.
Today, there are more than 100 stores nationwide (plus a thriving e-commerce business). J. McLaughlin celebrates their continued success as über-classic American clothiers and one of the country’s last great first-name-basis retailers. Now is the best time to snatch up extraordinary classics that will last for years to come with styles up to 70% off including dresses, tops, skirts, capris, pants, outerwear, sweaters, cardigans and accessories like scarves, belts, bags – plus knits, polos, shirts, ties, shorts and pants for men. Check out J. McLaughlin’s fabulously names “Newport capri” which I recently featured on The Rhode Show (click here to watch).
THIS Saturday, J. McLaughlin welcomes shoe company Margaux and their made-to-measure ballerina flats from 10am to 6pm. If you haven’t heard, Margaux was launched just a year ago by two graduating seniors when they heard Sheryl Sandberg deliver their Harvard commencement speech. The classic kicks are made from Italian leather in standard sizes or completely bespoke.
J.McLaughlin is located at 180 Bellevue Avenue in Newport.
Nautical style and Newport go hand in hand, so when I was first introduced to Sailormade, a nautical accessory line inspired by life in, on, and around the water, I knew it would be a perfect fit in the City by the Sea. Originally launched in 2011, Sailormade is now headquartered in Boston and the entire line of leather and nautical rope bracelets and leather belts for men and women are made in the USA. As the founders say:
“The essence of Sailormade is our collective connection to the water… Whether you’re into SUP, kite boarding, sailing, kayaking, swimming or just sitting on the beach staring out at the sea, you know water is part of your DNA. It’s the place that takes you exactly as you are but always leaves you somehow changed…for the better.”
The Brummel Hook clasp is the cornerstone of all Sailormade bracelet designs. Also known as the Inglefield Clip and the Sister Hook, the design dates back to the early 1890s and has been traditionally used to secure lines, sheets and signal flag halyards so that the flag can be hoisted. Sailormade’s Brummel Hook clasps come in solid brass, dark or powder Rhodium, rose gold, or stainless silver finish.
Sailormade’s leather bracelets are each carefully hand-braided while the nylon bracelets can withstand the harshest elements. I’ve been asked repeatedly about The Endeavor single twisted marine rope bracelet with the brass Brummel Hook I’ve been sporting this summer,
which is available at Style Newport on Thames Street.
Another new wardrobe staple of mine: the Sailormade Cargo belt (at left). Made with supple vegetable-dyed saddle leather and finished with a solid brass custom natural brass snap hook, the belt is undeniably nautical (by nature) with its No.2 snap hook.
The Coral Collection also merges rope detailing and cuff designs, rings and necklaces.
Check out the entire line here: sailormadeusa.com
See an purchase select Sailormade pieces at Style Newport located at 306 Thames Street in Newport and the whole collection at sailormadeusa.com. (Enter your email and receive and email for 15% off!)
That thing, when you find something kinda super sweet…
It’s summer, which means it’s the best time to sink your teeth into the spoils of the season—newportFILM docs under the stars, NIMFest Music in King Park on Sundays, jaunts to Block Island, Saturdays spent swimming in the waves and of course, sunset sails. It’s the perfect time for savoring a Sauvignon Blanc, packing a portable Provence Rosé, or having a premium Pinot Grigio at the ready—sans a bulky glass bottle or being caught without a corkscrew. Enter my newest discovery: Lila Wines, the first-of-its-kind collection of premium wine packaged in cans (for on-the-go convenience, obvi).
Offering the above trio of varietals (in punchy pop art-inspired cans), Lila Wines are naturally gluten free, low in calories and carbs, and contain no added sugar, and the 4-pack contains 33% more wine than a 750mL bottle—so financially speaking, Lila cans are both more fit and more fiscally responsible;) They’re about the same size as a can of Red Bull, so tossing one in your tote for a day cruising Narragansett Bay or BYOB dining in town is a snap.
Right now, the closest towns to Newport you’ll find Lila Wines is Seekonk and South Attleboro (they just made their debut in stores this summer and are making their way throughout New England). http://www.lilawines.com/locator
Whether you are a local or you descend on Newport for the quintessential New England summer getaway, there may be no better place to sip aperitifs than on the lively lawn at Castle Hill. Pony up the the nautical-themed bar which resembles a seaworthy vessel, perch yourself on the patio or get a front row seat to stunning Narragansett Bay from the comfort of their Adirondack chairs.
Here are some lovely libations CH is serving up this heavenly season — with the recipes so you can bring he taste of Newport home!
More Champagne, Peas (above)
Ingredients: Pea & Mint Vodka 2 oz. / Michelle Brut 1 oz. / Pea Tendril or Flower / Garnish Tag
Method of Preparation: Chill martini glass / In a Boston shaker filled with ice, add 2 oz Pea Vodka / Shake vigorously, strain into martini glass, then fill with Michelle brut /Garnish with pea tendrils, pea flowers, or other edible flowers (temp lemon & mint leaf)
Bloody Shrimp Cocktail (above)
Ingredients: Tomato Vodka 1.5 oz. / Sambal-cilantro puree ½ oz. / Clamato juice 1 oz. / 1 Poached Shrimp / Lemon ½ Wheel / Garnish Tag
Method of Preparation: Chill martini glass / In a boston shaker filled with ice, combine vodka, puree, clamato, lemon juice / Shake vigorously, strain into martini glass/ Garnish with a lemon ½ wheel and shrimp on rim of glass
Bermuda Rum Swizzle (above)
Ingredients: Gosling’s Black 1 oz./ Gosling’s Gold 1 oz. / Pineapple Juice 2 oz. / Orange Juice 2 oz. / Bitters Dash / Falernum Dash
Method of Preparation: Fill Collins glass with ice / Add all ingredients, stir briefly
Blueberry Lemonade (above)
Ingredients: Stoli Blueberry 1.5 oz. / Blueberry Puree 1 oz. / Lemonade To Fill / Lemon wedge / Garnish Tag
Method of Preparation: Ice a collins glass / Pour in blueberry puree & vodka / Top with lemonade, stir lightly
Other fine choices:
Can we talk about this charming jute Newport tote by Apolis from Lou Lou’s Decor? Apolis is a socially motivated lifestyle brand that empowers communities worldwide. (A-pöl-is means “global citizen.”) Customized specifically for the Bellevue Avenue shop, the tote ($60) is perfect for the farmers market, a small picnic along Ocean Drive and some shopping about town. The Market Bag, as it’s called, is handcrafted in Bangladesh and finished in California. The waterproof lining and natural vegetable-tanned leather straps i reinforced by antique nickel rivets. Measures 13″ in width, 18″ in height, and 8″ in depth, with a 6″ x 7″ inside pocket.
Available in-store or by CLICKING HERE.
- Rooftop Yoga (8:00 AM) – Practice yoga on the rooftop of Vanderbilt Grace with the fabulous Meredith Nordhem Ewenson
- Balance Before Burnout Wellness Workshop (9:30am) – An hour and a half class offered at Vanderbilt Grace with Melissa Kitchen
- King Park Wellington Paddle around Goat Island (10am) – Offered at leisure by Newport SUPper Club
- Creative Dance for Children (11:30am) – 45 minute dance class for children at Vanderbilt Grace with Revka Hovermale
- Balance Before Burnout Wellness Workshop (2pm) – An hour and a half class offered at Vanderbilt Grace with Melissa Kitchen
- Organic Wine & Cheese Tasting (4-7pm) – Presented by Newport Wine Cellar & Gourmet . Stop in and try some of the best clean wines and cheeses!
- Rooftop Yoga (11pm) – Vanderbilt Grace will offer yoga on the roof and bubbles to close the day with Meredith Nordhem Swenson