New for 2012: Nankeen

April 12, 2012 at 9:12 am 4 comments

When Anne Page first told me she was moving her beautiful Nankeen shop from Tiverton’s Four Corners to Thames Street in Newport, I was psyched. Getting a sneak preview a few weeks ago confirmed my suspicion—it’s a stunning shop and beautiful addition to the Lower Thames Street retail landscape. “Blue” nankeen is an ancient Chinese art form that dates back 3,000 years, originating on Shanghai’s legendary Silk Road (read more about the process here). 

Nankeen now produces stunning blue and white clutches, bucket bags, totes, market bags, weekend duffles, accessories and home accessories like pillows and tablecloths. I brought my Nankeen bucket bag to NYC last summer and literally got stopped twice by strangers asking about the bag (one lady was relentless–she wanted to see the tag so she could write down the name and get it right!). Most bags range from $40-$60 with larger bags (oversized totes and weekenders) averging $80-$130.

The new mens line of button down shirts with blue and white detailed cuffs and Nankeen ties ($40) are perfect for summer in Newport.

Check out Nankeen at 421 Thames Street in Newport (the space was formerly occupied by Blvd. skate shop–you won’t believe the transformation!) (401) 367-1620, Nankeenstyle.com

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. cynthia at the daily basics  |  April 12, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Nankeen, Nankeen – how do I love thee! I have so many bags and the way the fabrics are made come through in their quality and styling! SO excited I don’t have to go all the way to Tiverton to buy anymore. Now if we can only get Milk & Honey Bazaar over here, I am all set!

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    • 2. Andrea McHugh  |  April 12, 2012 at 2:16 pm

      Milk & Honey would be a dream here in Newport! Thankfully, la Petit Gourmet is stocking some wonderful cheeses!
      I really love those Nankeen bags because they keep their bold color and shape. I love the punchy liners too- bold yellow! Bright orange! Hot pink! And the price points are great:)

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  • 3. Doug Pierce  |  February 26, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Nankeen’s phone number is someone elses now and the business has closed down.

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    • 4. Andrea McHugh  |  February 28, 2015 at 1:42 pm

      Thank you, Doug. I’ll delete the number.

      Reply

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