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Store Highlight: Westport

  • Though only an hour from NYC by train, our shop in the waterfront town of Westport, CT feels far removed from the frenetic energy of the city. Whenever we visit, we make it a point to take a picturesque stroll along the Saugatuck River, take in the views at Compo Beach, or enjoy a farm-to-table lunch at one of the numerous mom-and-pop cafes. On our most recent trip, shop manager David and assistant manager Magda told us what they enjoy most about the area.

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    What do you like most about the shop?
    Magda: The thoughtfully curated selection of merchandise and our bright, airy space. It’s a small town so we really get to know our customers.

    David: We carry a lot of brands not found in this market such as Isabel Marant, Acne, Shinola, and Filson, along with smaller independent designers.

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    What do customers get really excited about?
    Magda: Each designer has a story and we love to share it with our clients. They’re excited not just about the product, but also by the story behind it.

    David: Our in-house Steven Alan product. Customers seem to really love the fabrics and have likened shopping here to being in a textile factory — there’s a lot of touching and feeling going on. We have a lot of former New Yorkers that feel right at home because they shopped Steven Alan in the city. Men love our casual but classic staples, and like that our offering is different than any other shop in the area.

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    What are some of your favorite items in the shop at the moment?
    Magda: On the women’s side, the Acne Copy Linen Tee is great for hot summer days, and the DemyLee Piper Cashmere Sweater is nice for cooler evenings. I also really like the Isabel Marant Etoile Brady Jacket and Lem Lem Samara Scarf in Sky.

    David: For men, our SA Light Seamless Sweater in Navy is currently my favorite.

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    What do you like most about the neighborhood?
    David: Westport has an interesting history. In the 1920′s it was sort of a bohemian town where people escaped New York (it’s only an hour away by train), and it soon developed a reputation as an artists’ enclave.  The acclaimed Westport Country Playhouse is still a cultural institution here.

    Magda: It’s a very family oriented town with a blend of mom and pop shops, as well as newer businesses and great new restaurants popping up on every corner. The people are friendly, and there are quite a few artists and creative types. Frances Palmer, whose pottery is incredible, is a Westport resident and one of our favorite clients.

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    What are your go-to spots?
    Magda: I like The Granola Bar for a healthy breakfast and lunch, Argoya for specialty teas and a serious dose of zen, shopping at the family-owned Organic Market for produce, Terrain for dinner and garden supplies, taking a stroll along the walkway by the Saugatuck River, and Compo Beach.

    David: I really like the Saugatuck area, where the train station is, The Craft Butchery is an incredible butcher and lunch spot. There’s also great food at the Welk and Terry Lodge on Charles Street. For outdoor activities, rowing and boating.

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    Many thanks to David and Magda! You can visit our Westport shop at 100 Post Road E.

    This entry was posted on Friday, June 27th, 2014 at 5:36 pm and is filed under In the Neighborhood. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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