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Interview cont’d from ( Pt.I post below)
Tell us what you love about Newport…
I love everything there is about Newport…from the excitement of driving in via the beach route to Cliff Walk…the smell of the ocean in the air and the ever-so-much-fun dining. I cannot forget the sailing… Boating is a huge sport in my family, so we spend lots of time both on and off the water. We often drive in to Newport from Marion (Mass.) just for family time…a summer dinner in Newport is the best. But what I especially love are the people in Newport. They are truly devoted to their community and supporting causes dear to them.
Sara Campbell has a loyal following here in Newport, and for obvious reasons: a wonderfully engaged staff, beautiful and flattering made-in-the-USA piece, but what do you think makes that relationship so special?
Our customers are family…they are loyal, and stay in touch when the season closes. I love meeting people from all over the country, but I also love getting to know the locals who take care of this little jewel.
And your take on Newport in the quieter months?
It’s a very special place even in the dead of winter because the sea is still roaring, and the waves are still lapping.
New arrivals at Sara Campbell:
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:
If there’s one sunny side to summer heading towards it’s final weeks, it’s the end-of-season sales here in Newport. These are just some of the fabulous fashion and accessories I found in the super-chic City-by-the-Sea that’s ON SALE so I had to bring the loot to The Rhode Show this morning:
From Michael Hayes
Isaac Mizrahi Janis pumps in linen, was $145, now $101.50
Trina Turk dual layer case for iPhone 5, was $40, now $28
Diane Von Furstenberg dual layer case for iPhone 5, was $40, now $28
Vegan purse by Cornelia Guest, was $163, now $81.50
Via Spiga Paula pumps in nude patent leather, was $198, now $99
From Sara Campbell
Printed graphic top, was $118, now $79 PLUS an additional 40% off
Rose Jacquard dress with ¾ sleeves, was 338, now $229 PLUS an additional 40% off
Dupioni silk double wrap dress, was $378, then $99, now $239 PLUS an additional 40% off
Jack Rogers Bahamas Navajo jelly shoes, 25% off
Lilly Pulitzer dress, was $298, now 50% off (LEFT)
Men’s polos by Vineyard Vines and Johnnie-O’s, buy one get the second half off
Men’s shorts by Krass & Co., buy one get the second half off
Since settling into Newport just two years ago, the Sara Campbell shop has earned a loyal following, and it’s no surprise why. Smart silhouettes, detailed craftsmanship, timeless appeal— it’s no wonder this Boston-based designer has made a name for herself. Though not inexpensive (dresses can range from around $178-$445, tops $118 and up, etc.) her pieces are the kind you’ll have for ages. Sara has two teenage daughters, so it makes sense her pieces transcend age. Pictured here are just some her new spring and summer designs. The yellow dress up top I simply adore–just add a yellow pillbox hat and you could see Jackie O in it, but at the same time, it’s thoroughly modern.
Pop into the Newport boutique at 115 Bellevue Avenue if you haven’t since it reopened in April, or visit http://www.saracampbell.com to view recent collections. Locations also in Boston, Nantucket, throughout MA, CT and more. CLICK HERE for more. Follow the Newport boutique on Facebook for events, new arrivals and more!
Above photo courtesy the Sara Campbell blog
I’ve spotted these fun nautical-themed clutches by Shiraleah at a few shops around town that offer a refreshing burst of color and are spacious enough to carry all your “night on the town” essentials. I adore the lobster clutch as it’s a fun twist on more ubiquitous coastal designs that boast anchors, starfish and the like. They’re under $40, come in a variety of color combinations, and super cute!
From Manhattan to Main Street, fashionistas are in a frenzy for tops, bottoms, and dresses boasting unapologetic bold color. Boston-based designer Sara Campbell, recently marking the one-year anniversary of her Bellevue Avenue boutique, has never shied away from mixing eye-popping brights and crisp whites, and her Spring and Summer 2012 collections are no different.
The shop is ready for Newport’s social season with pieces ranging from “garden party” to glamorous, like the orange and pink striped dress above with an über-flattering origami waistline ($315)—bold and beautiful!
Sara Campbell is located at 115 Bellevue Avenue in Newport.