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  • Life on ACK: Nantucket Restaurant Week - Fall 2013

    Nantucket Restaurant Week

     Nantucket Restaurant Week - Fall 2013

    Nantucket boasts a proud and extensive list of epicurean delights sure to please even the most discerning palates. Many celebrated chefs choose to open restaurants here not only because of the beauty of the surrounding scenery, but also for the quality ingredients they can source locally. Along with all of these, it goes without saying that offerings of seafood here are bountiful, and of the highest quality and freshness.

    Nantucket Restaurant Week was established in 2009 in an effort to showcase the incredible culinary tradition and variety of the island. The event has progressively grown larger each year and currently runs twice a year, in the summer (2013: June 3 – 9) and fall (2013: Sept 30 – Oct 6), giving casual diners and food enthusiasts alike a chance to revel in exceptional food, wine and hospitality. The list of participating restaurants is quite large, offering selections from renowned establishments as well as hidden local gems and featuring a smorgasbord of culinary styles from all over the USA and beyond. Participating restaurants offer a prix fixe (fixed price) three course dinner menu for around $25-45, giving diners a chance to revisit an old favorite or try something new and adventurous.

    American Seasons is one of the more prominent participating restaurants, where chef Michael LaScola offers playful twists on American classics like crispy catfish with a turnip puree and crawfish butter, or the famous ‘Flying Elvis’ featuring chocolate ganache and a crunchy peanut butter cookie crust along with chocolate and banana ice cream. Feeling a bit more international? Head to Pazzo, where celebrated restaurateur Marco Coelho provides elegant cuisine with a decidedly Mediterranean flair, including artisanal breads, fresh pasta, and house-made gelato.  If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, Corazon del Mar provides diners with innovative fusions of Spanish and Latin culinary traditions, along with some more far off ingredients like grilled bok-choy. Corazon is also a must-visit for ceviche lovers and raw bar enthusiasts, allowing diners to get a true taste of some of the freshest seafood found anywhere.  For more information on Nantucket Restaurant Week as well as a list of all participating restaurants, visit

    Nantucket Restaurant Week takes place twice a year; once in June and again in the fall. Check back in the spring for more info on Nantucket Restaurant Week for Spring 2014.

  • Hip Hip Chambray!

    Men's Coastal Chambray Shirt

    Chambray Shirt - Coastal Sport Shirt

    We're excited to introduce our newest men's sport shirt, the Coastal Chambray Shirt. Our blue chambray shirt is a classic for all seasons. Slightly fitted for a more modern look than most of our sport shirts. This shirt is made from 100% cotton chambray. Features a medium weight fabric, a button down collar, and an anchor embroidered on the left chest. Proudly made in the USA. Machine wash. Order your chambray shirt today.

  • Get to Know Us: About Madras Fabric

    All about madras

    Today is our first post in our new Get to Know Us series of posts, where we'll tell you more about our company, our products, our stores and maybe even a little about ourselves. To kick things off, we wanted to tell you more about madras fabric. Our madras clothing is one of our most popular styles, but we realized not everyone is familiar with the history of the fabric, how it's made, and how we use it.

    History of Madras Fabric

    Madras refers to a specific style of fabric, named due to its origins in the Indian city of Madras (modern-day Chennai). Colonial-era British soldiers noticed locals wearing brightly colored cotton shirts and pants, and upon further investigation discovered that the lightweight, breathable fabric was perfect for staying cool in the Indian heat. The now-ubiquitous plaid stripes in madras fabric are a perfect example of cultural fusion as they were inspired by the pattern of the tartan kilts worn by the Scottish regiments posted in Southern India. From there, the fabric was quickly adopted by Europeans and Americans as being the ideal fabric for summer clothing. The bright colors are also perfectly in line with summer fashion, and the bold plaid designs make a statement while the lightness of the fabric allows the wearer to stay cool in hot weather.

    The fabric gained popularity with the preppy crowd and Ivy League set in the 1950s and 1960s. From there, it spread to country clubs and summer resorts. Thanks to its unwavering popularity with those crowds, today madras is almost synonymous with images of summer: relaxed, colorful, and comfortable. Whether it’s a round of golf at the country club, a spirited polo match, or casual drinks at Straight Wharf on Nantucket, a quick glance around will inevitably find this irrepressibly stylish fabric making its presence known.

    How Madras is Made

    Betheny Frankel in a Nantucket Brand madras fabric dressBetheny Frankel wore one of our (now-retired) madras dresses on Bravo TV show. Image from BravoTV.

    There are essentially three types of madras fabric: single-fabric plaids, bleeding madras, and patchwork madras. Single-plaid fabrics are exactly what they sound like: single pieces of fabric in bright plaid designs. Bleeding madras was most popular in the 50’s and 60’s when the color was purposely kept unfastened from the cloth to create unique fades after every wash. Lastly, is patchwork madras, which is typically what we at Nantucket Brand are referring to when we say madras.

    True patchwork madras fabric is made from multiple fabrics which are cut into equal size squares and then sewn back together. Most often, the fabrics are of the plaid variety, but it's not uncommon to see striped seersucker, solid chambrays and more.

    How we use Madras Fabric

    We use madras fabric in a variety of products, but every one of our products starts with great quality fabric. We source our fabric direct from India, where they still make the best madras fabric in the world. We find 3-4 fabrics we love, have the fabric cut into small pieces, and then each piece is sewn back together to make new rolls of fabric.

    From there, we ship the fabric to our factory in the United States. The fabric is then cut and sewn into various styles including men's shorts, women's shorts and skirts, and even used as a lining in some of our women's sweatshirts.

    Men's Madras Fabric Shorts Women's Madras Fabric Hoodies Women's Madras Fabric Shorts
    Men's Madras Shorts Women's Madras Hoodies Women's Madras Shorts
    Women's Madras Pants Women's Madras Dresses Women's Madras Skirts
    Women's Madras Pants Women's Madras Dresses Women's Madras Skirts

    We're always finding new opportunities to use madras fabric, so be on the lookout (or sign up for our emails) for new madras goods. For now, go check out our current madras clothing items and add some color to your wardrobe!

  • "You can get wobbly in the knees or look straight down the barrel and smile;and that is what this team has done....We are not going to stop. We really want this."

    America's Cup Photo with James Spithill Quote

    James Spithill Quote about his team's comeback at America's Cup

    Photo by davekeane on flickr

    "You can get wobbly in the knees or look straight down the barrel and smile;and that is what this team has done....We are not going to stop. We really want this."

    Team USA Captain James Spithill

    Today's quote come from Oracle Team USA's captain, James Spithill. This James Spithill quote is in reference to their remarkable effort to comeback and tie the race.

    After winning two more races yesterday, Spithill and his crew have pulled even with Emirates Team New Zealand. Once trailing 8-1, Team USA has 7 straight wins in race to 9 wins. The final race is today at 1:15pm local time in San Francisco. A win would cap off a remarkable and unprecedented comeback for Team USA. Follow along on Twitter or watch live on NBC Sports.

  • Our Shores & Beyond: Watching America's Cup

    America's Cup in San Francisco

    America's Cup in San Francisco

    I recently had to watch a few of the America's Cup races in San Francisco. As you may know, this is the 34th America's Cup and this year has seen a number of significant changes from the past. As the defending champs, Oracle Team USA was able to dictate the changes, which include a much shorter course than usual and a drastic change in the design of the boats. These AC72 boats certainly don't look much like traditional sailboats and have had their share of controversy, but they are quite impressive to see in person. Click to read more and see more photos.

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    Ghirardelli Square sign at America's Cup Jets flying overhead at America's Cup in San Francisco Oracle Team USA sailing at America's Cup in San Francisco Team USA sailing at America;s Cup in San Francisco Team Emirates sailing at America;s Cup Team Oracle - America's Cup in San Francisco New Zealand sailing in front of Alcatraz at Americas Cup in San Francisco Team USA and Team New Zealand at America's Cup in San Francisco Team USA and Team New Zealand at Americas Cup in San Francisco

    The short course makes it very easy for spectators to follow the action, with numerous great vantage points in the City by the Bay. I watched the races from a patio above the famous Ghirardelli Square, which gave me a great view of everything but the finish line. The two races I saw were fairly well decided before the finish line, but there was a TV nearby in case of a close finish.

    Currently, Oracle Team USA is trailing the Emirates New Zealand team 8-5, which puts New Zealand just one win away from taking the America's Cup title. The US team has actually won 7 races, but were docked two points for cheating in the America's Cup World Series last summer. The penalty also resulted in the US Team losing a few of their team members to suspension. San Francisco Chronicle writer Tom Fitzgerald said "No other America's Cup boat has ever been punished as severely."

    The patio I was on was hosting a Team Oracle party so there was plenty of Team USA support.  However I've heard New Zealand fans have been much more vocal around San Francisco. Oracle has pulled closer and hopefully will be able genearate a little more buzz around the city by pusing it to the final day. Two races are scheduled for today (September 23rd), with the final two scheduled for tomorrow if they should be necessary. If you're not in San Francisco, you can follow the action live on the America's Cup YouTube channel.

  • Home ACKcents: Nautical Nursery

    Nautical Nursery Room

    Nautical Nursery

    Some customers of ours recently created a great-looking nautical nursery they setup for their baby boy. This family used many items from our Emporium of Nantucket store. The room looks great and we wanted to share some photos to inspire you. What a lucky little guy!

    Nautical Nursery Room

    This photo features our Nickel Paperweight Clock with Nantucket Map, our Nantucket Burgee wood sign, as well as a crib from Gracco, sheets from Pottery Barn Kids, shelves from Pottery Barn, and Sailboat Painting by local Nantucket artist Pat Peter. (Note: Other paintings by Pat Peter as well as the white glider chair are available for purchase at our retail store on Nantucket).

    Nautical Nursery Room

    This shot features our Libby Glider Chair (available in-store only), our Shells Night Light Table Lamp, and our Needlepoint Anchor Pillow. (Note: Wooden sailboat is not available for purchase online or in-store.)

    Nautical Nursery Baby Room

    Our last photo features three of our 15" Nickel Porthole shops, our Lighthouse Candle Lamp, and a customized Ikea Hemnes Dresser/Changing Table. By the way, we're very impressed with the dresser. The blue borders on each drawer were painted on and the knobs were replaced with nickel cleats.

    We hope this helps inspire you when creating your own nautical nursery. Do you have a room - nautical nursery or otherwise - that you think we should feature? We'd love to hear from you!


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  • "For one thing, I was no longer alone; a man is never alone with the wind-and the boat made three." - Hilaire Belloc

    Brant Point Lighthouse with quote from Hilaire Belloc

    Brant Point Lighthouse Postcard - 1954

    Photo of a vintage postcard depicting Brant Point Lighthouse on Nantucket

    "For one thing, I was no longer alone; a man is never alone with the wind-and the boat made three."

    - Hilaire Belloc

    This week's quote comes from the French and British author and historian Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953). This particular quote comes from his book Hills and the Sea, a collection of 38 essays. Belloc was known for capturing "the essence of each place he visits" and was praised by the New York Times for his "blend of wit and philosophy." He certainly captures the feeling of sailing "alone" with his quote here. The full book is available for free via Project Gutenberg.

    The image above comes from a postcard book in my own collection. We added the quote but otherwise this is an original postcard. Although there is no year printed on the postcard, the stamp (not shown here) was produced in 1954. This image depicts a scened from Brant Point on Nantucket. There's no longer water inside the rock edge, unless there's a storm, but Brant Point Lighthouse still stands proudly. It certainly isn't an uncommon scene to see a solo sailor rounding the point, as shown in the postcard.

  • Sweater Weather: Prep for Cooler Weather with 20% Off Sweaters

    Sweater Weather: Prep for Cooler Weather with 20% Off Sweaters

    Sweater Weather Sale

    Cooler weather is just around the corner. Prep yourself and save 20% this weekend only on all men's and women's sweaters and hoodies. Enter code SWEATERWEATHER to apply discount. Expires Sunday, September 15, 11:59pm EST. Check out a few of our favorites below.

    Shop All Men's Sweaters & Hoodies | Shop All Women's Sweaters & Hoodies

    Preppy Sweaters for men and women

    Men's Shimmo Shawl. This soft terry fleece pullover features wooden button and is made for layering. Available in navy and gray. Made in USA.

    Men's Half-Zip Sweater. Soft pima cotton pullove sweater with a half-zipper. Another one that's perfect for layering. This sweater is availalbe in navy and ivory.

    Men's Cotton Cable Knit Sweater. (In photo above) Men's style blog, BuffaloDandy, recently said this sweater makes the "perfect layering sweater for early Fall" and declared it Dandy-Endorsed. 

    Women's Dockside Hoodie. Get anchored down with this soft terry cotton hoodie. Featuring  a heathered look, this hoodie is available in Navy and Green. Made in USA.

    Women's Cotton Cable Knit V-Neck. (In photo above) A prep staple, this sweater is one of our favorites for layering or wearing on its own. Available in navy, white, pink, green, and more.

    Women's Cable Knit Hoodie. This soft, Pima cotton hoodie sweater features two zippers to give versatile layering options. Features two pockets. Available in navy and white.

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  • We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch - we are going back from whence we came. - John F. Kennedy

    Photo of Nantucket Harbor with a quote from JFK

    Photo of Nantucket Harbor with a quote from JFK

    We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch - we are going back from whence we came. - John F. Kennedy (JFK)

    John F. Kennedy had a fondness for the sea. We've put a famous JFK quote on a photo of Nantucket harbor here. The Kennedy's are certainly known for their ties to Hyannisport than Nantucket, but they also have some history on Nantucket.

    There was actually a bomb shelter built for JFK on Nantucket in 1961. The shelter was said to be a "Jet assist takeoff fuel bottle storage area." The shelter was never actually used though.

  • A Labor Day Sale

    Labor Day Sale. Save 35% on clothing. Save 25% on decor.

    The (unofficial) final weekend of summer is here. Enjoy the weekend and shop our Labor Day Weekend Sale with two coupon codes.

    GOODBYESUMMER: Save 35% on all clothing orders
    HELLOFALL: Save 25% on all Gift&Decor orders

    Valid through Monday, September 2nd at http://entell/nantucket

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