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The Brahmin Frankie Tote: Functional & Fabulous

Brahmin’s extra large Frankie tote is one of those fun bags that begs the question: business or pleasure? With it’s clean lines and roomy inside it’s a great  bag for the office but it’s sunny yellow color (also in nautical navy and crisp white) and webbed canvas and vachetta handles handles, it doesn’t take its self too seriously. Plus, it’s sheer size (14.5”h x 19w”) makes it an eye-catching travel or chic beach tote. Summer lovin’… ($295)

Brahmin, 22 Bowens Landing  Newport, (401) 849-5990


March 12, 2012 at 8:27 am Leave a comment

Support Fashion’s Night Out Locally

After months of anticipation, Vogue, NYC Mayor Bloomberg, NYC & Company and the CFDA unveils Fashion’s Night Out (a.k.a FNO), an unprecedented global initiative created to toast all that is fashion, restore consumer confidence, and boost the industry’s economy. Tomorrow night, FNO returns to the Big Apple, and, celebrating its sophomoric effort, will launch in cities nationwide to put the fun back in shopping with designer appearances, live windows, celebrity guests, and more utterly fabulous events. Around the world, and led by fifteen international Vogue editions (Australia, Britain, China, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, and Turkey), each country will celebrate Fashion’s Night Out on one night between September 7 and September 16, 2010.

Rhode Island hasn’t quite made FNO roster just yet, but I think we’ll have to do something about that! In the meantime, we can still be oh-so-chic by sporting the official limited-edition tote created by New England handbag company Brahmin (we praised the brand on the Stylephile Shop Shot HERE), who worked with Vogue to design the official FNO canvas tote bag that will be sold locally at Brahmin on Bannister’s Wharf with a portion of proceeds to benefit the NYC AIDS Fund. will be streaming the event live from Lincoln Center starting at 7 p.m., hosted by Vogue editor-at-large André Leon Talley.

Check out Fashion’s Night Out 2010 PSA here:

September 9, 2010 at 9:21 am Leave a comment

Deals & Steals: Come Snow or High Water Edition

Looks like everyone survived the “snowpocalypse” that arrived yesterday! With round-the-clock plowing and some old-fashioned elbow grease, a majority of the retail areas around Bristol and Newport counties will be opening at regular times.

Snow or no snow, Kristina Richards Studio in Newport’s Washington Square kicks off a big sale today featuring JBrand and other denim for $50, cashmere for $75, Vix Swimwear for $50 (hello, Florida-bound), Free People for $25 and other stylish finds marked down to a mere $20, $30 and $40. This means you’ll be finding some of the hottest lines at up to 75% off! Sale starts today and lasts through Monday.

The Linen Shop is hosting their White Sale, where crisp white linens including sheet sets, pillows and shams, bath sets and towels are marked down significantly.

Also, the 22nd Annual Newport Winter Festival begins on Friday and lasts for 10 fun-filled days. (First timers should check out my article that explains it all in the Jan. 17 edition of the Hartford Courant- click here to check it out.) Many area retailers are offering a Newport Winter Festival discount, usually from 15% to 20%, with a festival button including Cosmetic Cosmos, Bailey T’s, Beach Party, The Black Dog, Brahmin, Frazzleberries, Jason & Co., Karma, Laura Jean, Pan Handler’s, Wag Nation and more. (Click here for a full listing of button discounts.)

Event highlights this weekend include Friday evening’s Beatlemania concert, Saturday’s 15th Annual Chili Cook-Off, a city-wide Scavenger Hunt (believe it or not, very competitive and a great way to get to know the city), and by nightfall, the comedy show at the Hotel Viking featuring Comedy Central darlings Tony V. and Jimmy Dunn. For the first time ever, Newport International Polo will be hosting a match on Middletown’s Second Beach (Sat. and Sun., free). What to wear to an oceanside polo match? Dress for function more than fashion. You would think it goes without saying, but no heels (spotted a handful of ladies with heels or heeled boots at the Polar Bear Plunge– it wasn’t working). And at some point during the festival, check out the WINEterfest Wine Tasting & Outside Ice Wine Bar at Newport Vineyards, where you’ll find taste various vineyard vintages as well as cheeses, chocolates and spreadable edibles offered from local gourmet purveyors. For those who don’t have the luxury of jetting off to warmer temps right now, you can get a taste of island living at Sunday night’s Tropical Drink Contest at the Gas Lamp Grille.

Parents should make it a point to bring their little ones to Saturday’s Toe Jam Puppet Band concert and/or Sunday and Monday’s Children’s Fair at the Newport Marriott. The Stylephile will be highlighting events throughout the festival, but you should head to the Newport & Bristol Counties Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (33 America’s Cup Avenue, Newport) for a brochure with all the events or check out the day-by-day calendar at

This weekend also kicks off the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver and the American athletes will be sporting some fashionable duds for the opening ceremony by Ralph Lauren (the shawl cardigan and opening ceremonies knit hat are must-haves). Tune in to NBC-10 for all the snowboarding, skiing, ice skating and winter games you can handle (set your DVRs now so you don’t miss a beat while at the Newport Winter Festival).

February 11, 2010 at 11:40 am Leave a comment

Shop Around the Docks

In lieu of playing “chicken” in an overcrowded mall parking lot and wishing coal in the stockings of grumpy shoppers,  look to local shops where you can find everything from name-brand favorites to handcrafted wares by local artisans. If you haven’t been already, the shops at Bannister Wharf are totally decked out for the holidays and the nearby Bowen’s Wharf Christmas tree glows as soon as the sun falls into the sea. Start with a hot chocolate or hot cider from the Coffee Grinder and peruse the galleries including coastal and marine art by Anthony Gil at Art on the Wharf; world renowned photography by Onne van der  Wal; or jewelry and fine art by Didi Suydam. Find clothing from casual to classic including sweatshirts from The Black Dog and Newport Breeze; contemporary pieces from Ralph Lauren, Paul & Shark  and more at The Narragansett; foul weather gear from Murphy & Nye; hip classics  from tyler böe; European finery from Barbour waterproofs to Le Chameau boots at Royal Warrant and haute style from the isle of St. Barth’s at Mandarine Boutique. Find uniquely Newport treasures the Newport Mansions Store for local friends or those who still yearn for the City-by-the-Sea. And finally, polish off your secret Santa’s look with a leather handbag or accessories from Brahmin and chic shades from Tradewinds Sunglass Company.

Swathed with greens greens, crisp red bows and sparkling lights, the shops at Bannister Wharf is the stress-free way to shop this holiday season. Remember, meters are free this time of year and free parking all week long in wharf parking lot December through May.

Snowy Bannister’s Wharf photo by Joseph Ruggeri.

December 15, 2009 at 11:14 am Leave a comment

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