Did you know there are no chain stores or malls on Martha's Vineyard? So when I shop this lovely island, I get to enjoy browsing distinctive wares collected, crafted and carefully curated by merchants with talent and vision — the way shopping should be! Here are two of my MV shopping favorites:
Sylvie Bags are stunning one-of-a-kind creations. Beautifully handmade by Sylvie Farrington from authentic 1940s barkcloth, each handbag and pillow artfully combines different patterns, multi-colored zippers and vintage buttons. They truly are little works of eye candy.
This year, I treated myself to one of Sylvie's Brooklyn Bags, a new cross-body style sporting an adjustable webbing strap and lots of compartments and zippered pockets. I'm wearing it in a photo HERE. It's the perfect summer bag!
Another shopping favorite is Mix, a store that is true to its name. Filled with vintage and modern items including clothing and housewares, the store's whimsical displays entice shoppers with an endless variety of yummy goods.
Owner Emily Milstein features a meticulously selected array of vintage treasures, many offered in multiples in case one wants to start an instant collection.
Mix never fails to inspire. A fun idea I came away with this visit was Emily's use of vintage matchbooks with kitschy graphics. She has loads of them displayed loose in a bowl for sale. Others she arranges in neat rows and frames them en masse inside shadowboxes. Super fun!