When you think of a nautical brand, your mind goes to some very specific icons: anchors, lobsters, maybe fish hooks. Right? "There's not a single anchor in this place!" Laughs Bridget Harriss, of Sailormade, a marine-inspired accessory company which has recently made Boston its home. The purveyor of his and hers bracelets, belts and necklaces eschews preppy for posh with a focus on understated coastal references and quality materials.
Inspired by the brummel clip (specific hardware on a sailboat used to raise signal flags), Sailormade pieces are all handcrafted (watch their process here). Their current line includes hardware in brass, stainless steel, rhodium and rose gold finishes and includes hand-braided italian leather and marine cord sourced from Fall River, MA. Pieces can be found online, or in their SOWA shop, and are customizable.
The company originated in New York in 2010, but was brought to Boston in October 2015 by the Harriss Family. Bridget, who manages day-to-day operations, grew up sailing, and feels that Sailormade is more at home in New England. "Our products are authentically New England", she says. "Wearing Sailormade is a badge of pride representing New England culture, or just to stay in touch with sailing or being near the water." She also comments on the universal nature of their pieces, stating, "Anyone can wear them, even if their style is not necessarily nautical. Whether you are preppy, more of a hipster, or even uptown, there is a piece for you in our shop."
See more at www.SailormadeUSA.com or at the Sailormade shop in SOWA, 460 Harrison Avenue, Building C.