Three Nantucketers whip up a wharf-side collective full of breezy summer-fun fashion.
Island girls: Taylor Ivey, Milicent Armstrong, and Sara Rossi elevate Nantucket fashion with artisanal wares at their new island collective, The Skinny Dip.
When it comes to fashion, Nantucket is rarely mistaken for Madison Avenue. Let’s face it, the island’s penchant for pink pants isn’t exactly runway material. But this summer, emerging designers Milicent Armstrong, Sara Rossi, and Taylor Ivey have opened The Skinny Dip, a collective offering red, white, and blue loafers, striped clutches, and punchy ponchos. Here’s the surf-lovin’ scoop! 23 Old South Wharf, Nantucket, 508-825-0923
Milicent Armstrong tricks up Nantucket visitors with enchanting fabrics from the Middle East.
Where do you find these groovy patterns?
I have some really incredible (super-secret!) sources in Turkey and Morocco where I source the kilims and other materials used for our products.
Alive or dead—name a guy and gal you could picture in a pair of your smoking loafers. Ernest Hemingway. He was a man’s man, very rugged and adventurous. For a woman, Carolyn Bessette was smart, witty, and epitomized effortless, cool style.
Show us the way, Milicent! The men’s smoking shoes are perfect for a cocktail party, and the ladies’ shoes, handbags, and travel bags are perfect for walking around town or hopping on the ferry.
At 23, Taylor Ivey has swooped onto the fashion scene as the newest caped crusader.
Describe your line in three words.
Classic, clean, and simple. What is this superhero component to your line? We greatly focus on capes because they’re classic and never go out of style. One size fits a large range of womens’ styles and body types.
Who rocks a cape? Ellsworth & Ivey is meant for everyone. I named the brand after my grandmothers, and it quite literally means “my grandmother and me.”
Sara Rossi wanted a clutch to tie around her waist while dancing away the night, so she started a company that made them!
What sets Beau & Ro apart? Practical is the new black, and Beau & Ro is the only company that fully focuses on fashion and function: a tote that converts to a backpack, crossbody styles, and a coin purse wristlet.
Talk about your collabs. I am doing two Nantucket collaborations: the Nantucket Photo Collection clutches featuring photographs by island photographer Brian Sager, and a beach bag collaboration with Holly Finigan of Nantucket Blackbook.
What’s special about The Skinny Dip? We’ll have a well-curated mix of men’s and women’s brands that have strong ties to New England while giving a nod to surf culture and embracing a passion for travel.