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  • Life on ACK: Our Montauk Madras Dress in the Nantucket Legends Exhibit at the Whaling Museum

    Montauk Madras Dress at Whaling Museum

    Our Montauk Madras Dress at the Nantucket Whaling Museum

    My sister-in-law recently visited Nantucket, which gave my wife and I a good reason to visit the Nantucket Historical Association's Whaling Museum. The museum is always entertaining and I highly recommend visiting if you are ever on the island.

    They currently have an exhibit called Nantucket Legends: Foggy Facts & Fictions. The exhibit explores tales about the island's history and includes a section about the history of attire on the island. Luckily enough for us, we were invited to feature one of our items in the exhibit by Michelle Soverino at the Nantucket Historical Association. We offered our Montauk Madras Dress, which is now on display.

    Madras Dress at Foggy Facts and Fictions Exhibit Nantucket Brand at the Whaling Museum

    Although the exhibit has been open since April, I just realized that we never posted about this on our blog. It's quite an honor to have our dress displayed at the Whaling Museum.

    Besides our dress, the exhibit features very interesting information about Nantucket's history including the origin of the name "widow's walk", how our downtown streets became paved with cobblestones, and for whom the "Three Bricks" were built. The exhibit is only open until November 10, 2013. If you have a chance, it's certainly worth a visit.

  • Columbus Day Weekend Sale

    Columbus Day Weekend Sale

    Columbus Day Weekend Sale

    Save 30% on all orders this Columbus Day Weekend. Enter the code ANCHOR30 on the shopping cart page to apply the discount.

    Valid at until 11:59pm EST on Monday, October 14th. May not be combined with any other offers.

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  • Life on ACK: Nantucket Cranberry Festival 2013

    Nantucket Cranberry Festival 2013

    Photo by Michael Galvin. From Mass Office of Tourism on Flickr

    2013 Nantucket Cranberry Festival

    The Nantucket Conservation Foundation's 11th Annual Nantucket Cranberry Festival is scheduled for this coming Saturday, October 12, 2013. Read below for more information about cranberries and this weekend's event.

    The humble cranberry has been a staple of Thanksgiving tables across the United States since the time of the first settlers to this land. Indeed, few (if any) other fruits have so captured our collective imaginations and cemented their place in our history in quite the same way.

    The Nantucket Conservation Foundation’s 11th Annual Nantucket Cranberry Festival invites visitors and residents of the area to come learn about the rich history of the cranberry, enjoy family activities, and of course, watch the cranberries get harvested. Cranberries grow in low vines in large flat fields called ‘beds’. At the time of harvest, the entire field is flooded and a harvester shakes the cranberries loose from the vines. Due to their natural buoyancy, the berries float in the water and are then corralled and gathered for cleaning and packaging.

    Preppy Pig BBQ

    The festival, held at the Milestone Cranberry Bog, allows visitors an opportunity to see this fascinating procedure up close at one of the nation’s oldest, continually operated farms. Cranberries were once an integral part of Nantucket’s economy and have been cultivated on the island since 1857. Visitors can learn about the rich history of the berry, as well as enjoy activities like sheep shearing, herding dog demonstrations, live music, picnic games such as sack races, raffles, hay rides, and a variety of food options. This year, the Nantucket Cranberry Festival is proud to announce it has teamed up with Preppy Pig BBQ, voted best BBQ in New England, which will serve up a range of mouthwatering BBQ classics, including their famous pulled pork sandwiches. All proceeds are used by the Nantucket Conservation Foundation in their efforts to preserve and maintain the integrity and character of Nantucket’s natural resources and habitats. The 2013 Cranberry Festival will be held Saturday, October 12 at the Milestone Cranberry Bog from 11am to 4pm.

    Cranberries are highly regarded as a health food due to their extremely high antioxidant content, as well as being a good supply of vitamin C. The berries in their rawest form are not especially tasty, and in fact are highly acidic and bitter, but when dried or pressed into juice with some added sugar, they have a distinctive and pleasing flavor with a hint of tartness. The Native Americans were the first to use the cranberry as a source of food, and they were the ones who introduced it to starving English settlers in Massachusetts. The name ‘cranberry’ is a derivative of ‘crane-berry’, named due to the resemblance of the plant’s stem and flower to the neck, head and bill of a crane. Cranberries have been cultivated actively in the United States and Canada since the 1800’s, with Massachusetts and Wisconsin accounting for the majority of cranberry production in the US.

    Event Details

    Nantucket Cranberry Festival

    When: Saturday, October 12, 2013 from 11am-4pm
    Where:  Milestone Cranberry Bog
    Directions: From Town: At the Rotary head east on Milestone Road toward ‘Sconset. At 4.2 miles from the Rotary there will be a brown rock on the left hand side of the road with the number “220″ on it. Continue on Milestone Road for another 100 yards and turn left.

  • What you see over there aren't giants, but windmills, and what seems to be arms are just their sails, that go around in the wind and turn the millstone.

    Nantucket Old Mill with a Quote

    Nantucket Old Mill - Postcard with Quote

    Photo of a vintage postcard depicting the Nantucket Old Mill

    "What you see over there aren't giants, but windmills, and what seems to be arms are just their sails, that go around in the wind and turn the millstone."

    This weeks quote comes from Miguel de Cervantes' classic, Don Quixote. It was said by the character Sancho Panza, Quixote's servant, to Quixote when he imagines himself to be fighting giants that are actually windmills.

    While Cervantes' masterpiece takes place in La Mancha, Spain, this quote seemed fitting for this photo of a vintage postcard of the Old Mill on Nantucket. Nantucket's Old Mill was built in 1746 and is the oldest functioning windmill in the United States. The mill is open for tours seasonally from 11am-4pm.

  • “The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.” - John Maxwell

    Rainbow Fleet on Nantucket with Quote

    Rainbow Fleet on Nantucket postcard with John Maxwell quote

    "The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails."

    John Maxwell

    Our quote this week comes from author, speaker, and pastor John Maxwell. I'm not familiar with John Maxwell, but I love this quote. Wyatt, our marketing guru, tweeted this out the other day, which is when I first heard it.


    We put this quote onto a photo of another image from our 1950s postcard book. This image shows the Rainbow Fleet sailing in Nantucket Harbor. The Rainbow sailboat, is actually known as a "Beetle Cat" almost everywhere but Nantucket. The fleet sails around Brant Point in a parade fashion at the beinning of the Opera House Cup each August.

  • 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.

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