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Newport, RI


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CK Bradley

This tiny outpost of Bradley's exuberantly preppy designs carries more than just her collection of printed silk tops and perfectly draped goddess dresses: There are embroidered belts, canvas carryalls, plus loads of goods from Newport-based label Sugar.
28 Bellevue Ave., 401-847-9777, ckbradley.com

Cottage & Garden

This sister store to Tastemaker is just around the corner, replete with antique urns, taxidermy, and unusual plants.
9 Bridge St., 401-848-8477

House

Isolated from downtown's main fray—but right on the way to the glorious mansions that populate Newport's coastline—House is an oasis of exquisitely curated home accessories. Antique armoires are stuffed with John Robshaw's handpainted pillows, and miniature coral camels march across bookshelves lined with shell-stamped stationery.
152 Mill St., 401-847-9879

Kristina Richards

The sunny, happy Richards herself is always on hand at her all-white, cube-like space, where she showcases pieces that reflect an equally upbeat mood. It's a punchy selection of kelly green AKA New York blouses, neon pink Corey Lynn Calter dresses, and sexy Vix bathing suits.
17 Touro St., 401-848-5284

Re-Sails

There are now a number of companies that recycle discarded sails into graphic bags and totes, but Re-Sails was one of the first—and it's still one of our favorites. Beyond their eco-conscious appeal, the duffels are hyper-durable, affordable, and chic.
400 Thames St., 401-849-8622, poshyachting.com

Royal Male

While Newport is a sailing town, it's also a horse town. And the place to go for riding boots, tailored blazers, and wax jackets is Royal Male. There's a second location on the wharf with more yacht-centric gear (think crest-bedecked polos), but we prefer the dimly lit, Spring Street branch, which lives in an appropriately garret-like, 18th-century building.
104 Spring St., 401-846-8465
18 Bannister's Wharf, 401-846-7097

Newport Scrimshanders

Besides a huge stock of collectible scrimshaw (the ages-old art tradition where sailors carved scenes of sea life into whalebone), there are tons of affordable, packable pieces here, such as elegant, curlicue-embossed ivory rings, key fobs in the shape of knots, and tiny pendants painted with images of ships.
14 Bowen's Wharf, 401-849-5680, scrimshanders.com

Tastemaker

Located amidst a sea of squat, landmarked buildings, Tastemaker is a repository for all the treasures that owner and interior designer Eleanor Gobis ferrets out at antique sales and flea markets across the eastern seaboard. Small items like decoupage bowls and Jessica Kagan Cushman jewelry fill the space between the large-scale paintings and refurbished chairs.
64 Thames St., 401‑849-4200