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The Spirit of Saint-Tropez

Tucked into a small café in the luxurious European beach town of St. Tropez,  Fred Prysquel scribbled a swimsuit design on the corner of his tablecloth. That simple sketch, inspired by the Euro-chic holiday culture of the French Riviera, would become the iconic swimwear brand, Vilebrequin.

Vilebrequin founder, Fred Prysquel.

Vilebrequin founder, Fred Prysquel.

Prysquel, a fan of motor racing, introduced Vilebrequin (‘crankshaft’ en français) in 1971 and offered an original print and tailored design that became an instant success as it caught the fancy of vacationers worldwide. Cut from spinnaker sailcloth, the shorts remain innovative with their quick-drying qualities and double-seam reinforcement that hold up against the ocean, summer-sun, and time.

Now offering both women’s and children’s bathing suits, Vilebrequin’s iconic sea turtle insignia is recognized in vacation hotspots around the world and claims its throne at the top of the luxury swimwear market.

Reflecting on how the brand has achieved such renowned recognition, Roland Herlory, the company’s CEO, believes it is “the quality of fabrics, the level of creation, and the history. We do not come from a short story; we have a long story, the French Riviera spirit of the 70s; the history brings depth…The client buying a Vilebrequin suit is buying fantasy and holidays; he is buying something out of the business life he has to live day-to-day.”

Fans of the brand have expanded from swanky beach goers to a plethora of celebrities including Prince William, Mark Wahlberg, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Harry Styles, Ben Affleck, all the way down to the tiniest of tots in the Kardashian clan.

Mark Wahlberg, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Mason Disick, and Prince William don Vilebrequin swim trunks.

Mark Wahlberg, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Mason Disick, and Prince William don Vilebrequin swim trunks.

NRO Nantucket (2 Straight Wharf) hosts our Swim Trunk Show this weekend, July 31st to August 2nd. Look around town for our swim trunk models for a chance to win a $250 Vilebrequin gift card!

It’s all about the little things…

In 1987 British born Alex Monroe gave up his childhood dream of a punk rock career,opting for what has become a wildly successful jewelry brand. Inspired by nature, each piece of jewelry in his collection is originally designed and handmade with the utmost quality material and care in his London studio. With celebrity fans such as Sienna Miller, Emma Watson, Elle Macpherson, Claudia Schiffer, Carrie Mulligan, and Emilia Fox, Alex Monroe jewelry quickly received a spotlight of attention on the global fashion scene.

Emilia Fox (BBC’s One’s Silent Witness) is seen wearing pieces from the Chase Collection. (Photo via benna.co.uk)

Emilia Fox (BBC’s One’s Silent Witness) is seen wearing pieces from the Chase Collection. (Photo via benna.co.uk)

While the subtle, ethereal essence in Monroe’s pieces have caught the eye of celebrities and consumers alike, judges in the 2008 UK Jewelry Awards deemed him the worthy winner of Designer of the Year. With judges gushing that “[Monroe’s] quality is perfect and his style is so consistent”, the designer found himself on the shortlist for the awards yet again in 2009 and 2010.

Sold in prominent shops (think Harrods and Liberty in the UK), Alex Monroe collections are frequently sold-out and often hold waiting lists for coveted pieces. Though his jewelry has found great success in high-end chains globally, 2012 marked the opening of his own brick and mortar in London. Designed with sustainable materials by Monroe himself, this London boutique treats visitors to an original shopping experience that embodies the sensational character of the brand itself.

Alex Monroe for Buckingham Palace Heart Earrings and Necklace

Alex Monroe for Buckingham Palace Heart Earrings and Necklace

Limited edition collections and collaborations continue to spread Monroe’s originality and craftsmanship to wider audiences, expanding the beautiful brand far outside its South London origins. The elegant individuality of his pieces has earned him royal approval with a recently designed, exclusive collection in collaboration with the Royal Collection Trust. Titled, Alex Monroe for Buckingham Palace, the collection will launch July 25th to celebrate the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace.

Now, with over 25 years of jewelry making under his belt, Monroe has ventured into the realm of literature with the completion of his book, Two Turtle Doves: A Memoir of Making Things. His published work solidifies his prominence as a successful jeweler and is a testimony to his experience and skill.

A small selection of Alex Monroe's handiwork.

A small selection of Alex Monroe’s handiwork.

The designer himself will make an appearance at an exclusive event this Wednesday, followed by a trunk show, July 23rd-26th at NRO Nantucket.

Tennis anyone?

Monday marked the beginning of the 2015 Wimbledon Championship Tournament hosted at the All England Club in Wimbledon, England.

Andy Murray and Fernando Verdasco in tennis whites on the recognizable grass courts of Wimbledon.

Andy Murray and Fernando Verdasco in tennis whites on the recognizable grass courts of Wimbledon.

This will be the 129th year of the tournament, a testament to its historical prominence and prestige. Witnessed by a mere 200 spectators and played only by “amateurs”, the first ever was held in 1877. The event has grown astronomically, hosting nearly half a million viewers and grossing more than $210 million dollars in annual profit.

 Traditions from the original Wimbledon tournaments are still practiced each year despite its existence of over a century. Some of the most famous and recognizable traditions include the grass courts and mandatory all-white uniforms. Another includes the court-side spectator consumption of strawberries and cream, a British favorite.

With over a million dollars in prize money credited to the champion, Wimbledon is a fierce competition not only for the earnings but also for the pride in gaining the winning title. The top 2015 players include Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Petra Kvitova, Serena Williams, and Maria Sharapova. While the players are revered stars, the prestigious event is a notorious see and be seen where A-listers are commonly found hobnobbing with royalty.

Kate Middleton and Victoria Beckham attend the men's final at Wimbledon 2014.

Kate Middleton and Victoria Beckham attend the men’s final at Wimbledon 2014.

For those of us who can only get close to the illustrious event via DVR, there is a piece of tennis history much closer to home. New England residents can enjoy the Tennis Hall of Fame located in historic Newport, Rhode Island.

Now through July 12th share in tennis history with 20% off all racquets at NRO Sport. Or click here if you don’t want to miss a minute of each nail-biting volley.

An OB Way of Life

Tailoring and craftsmanship doesn’t end at the suiting platform of double vents and peak lapels. Adam Brown, the eye behind the sartorial lens of swimwear must-have Orlebar Brown, believes in this ideal. The British photographer turned resort wear designer recalls how he accidentally stumbled upon his venture:

“In 2005 I went on holiday to celebrate a friends 40th birthday in Rajasthan. There were 30 people in the group aged between 25 – 50 years old. Most of them worked in design, took an interest in clothing – but were not obsessed by fashion.

Around the pool, the women in the group looked great, but the men did not.

All were wearing brightly patterned, baggy boxer short styles, briefs or board shorts. The idea for Orlebar Brown became clear when from sitting by the pool, we had to change to have lunch in the bar.”

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Launched in 2007, OB has quickly become one of the most sought after swimwear brands in resort wear today. Designed to go from the pool to the streets or vice-versa, some of the looks – quite literally – take inspiration from luxe holiday locales as seen in the work of iconic photographers Slim Aarons and Dennis Hallinan. The photographs selected represent a period of vintage glamor in the 1950s and 1960s, when the Riviera cemented its status as the playground for the rich and famous.

Cut and sewn from a 17-piece pattern of traditional men’s trousers, all four lengths of ‘shorts you can swim in’ are free of elastic waistbands and allow for a perfectly tailored fit with adjustable side fasteners and hidden metal popper closures imported from Italy. Made with French-sourced 100% polyamide, they are fast drying so that its wearers can move from surf to turf in minimal time. Each swimwear item is tested for light, rub, salt water, and up to 50mg of chlorine per liter, ensuring that an Orlebar Brown purchase will last through years of vacationing.

Sating further demand, Orlebar Brown now has a women’s line and a full lifestyle based collection. In March, OB released a 20-piece exclusive collaboration with vibrant pattern purveyor Emilio Pucci.

Vacationers across the world are not the only ones seen wearing Orlebar Brown swimwear. Celebrities such as Jay-Z, Paul McCartney, Ryan Reynolds, Gerard Butler, and even designer Marc Jacobs have all been spotted wearing the Brown brand.

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Experience the OB way of life and find your fit here or at any of our NRO locations.

Consider this your personal invite to our Fourth of July party with Orlebar Brown and luxury eyewear brand Cutler and Gross on Friday, July 3rd at our Nantucket store.

Alden Arrivals

We are introducing two pairs to our Alden Shoe spread. Both are handsome in their own right, but each, with their widely different personalities, will be sure to attract the discerning eye of the shoe aficionado, sartorial savant, or stringent shopaholic alike.

Alden D3606 Long Wing Blucher $540

Alden D3606 Long Wing Blucher $540

The first is the Long Wing Blucher. A modern take on the classic brogue, the D3606 is finished in a natural chrome excel (read this for an explanation replete with detail on the process of making this fine leather). The lighter color of the shoe juxtaposed with its red rubber sole reminds us of warmer spring days ahead…should they ever decide to arrive.

Alden D3805H Work (Indy) Boot $529

Alden D3805H Work (Indy) Boot $529

The Workboot is popularly referred to as the “Indy” Boot as they were the preferred shoe for Harrison Ford’s character in the film franchise of Indiana Jones. This Alden style of shoe is undoubtedly the most coveted, being offered in an array of leathers and colors – from brown kudu to the scarce “color 8” or shell cordovan. With its chocolate suede and neoprene cork sole, the D3805H is the quintessential year-round boot; an equally luxurious alternative for the gent riding (or walking) out the cordovan shortage.

Our Alden offerings can be viewed online. We expect more styles to arrive in the months ahead so keep a look out on our Facebook or Twitter pages.

Join Us for Our Thanksgiving Food Drive!

This Thanksgiving season help us reach our goal as we partner with the Greater Boston Food Bank to help bring food to those who need it most! This week, from November 18 to 24, we will be accepting donations at all three of our Charles Street locations. With five nutritious and non-perishable canned goods you will enjoy 15% off of sweaters at NRO, clothing accessories at NRO Sport, or pajamas at NRO Kids…depending on the store of your choice! Most importantly, your generosity will help in the ongoing fight to end hunger! If you are unable to make a donation in person but still wish to help you can make a monetary donation here. We thank you in advance and wish you and your loved ones a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

NRO Food Drive

Boston Ski Week

This week, join us and other powder chasers as we prepare for the couldn’t-come-too-soon ski season! There are a couple of films premiering in the Boston area and we’ll be there! Here is a schedule of the happenings.

SkierWarren Miller’s, Ticket to Ride

This is Warren Miller’s 64th feature film. Ticket to Ride highlights an exhilarating worldwide tour of exotic locations with the sport’s best skiers and snowboarders. Check out the trailer here.

Showing at the Somerville Theater, Wednesday 11/13 @ 7PM and Thursday 11/14 @ 7PM and 10PM. You can buy tickets here.

At Thursday’s shows, keep a look out for an NRO Sport promotion for a chance to win a pair of Kästle skis and a Helly Hanson jacket!

Teton Gravity Research’s, Way of Life

For some, embracing the mountains is not just part of life—it’s a way of life. The search for snow shapes not only how they approach these peaks, but also how they approach the world. And whether athletes spend their days dropping first descents in Alaska, lapping the local mountain, or training for the Olympics, they’re part of a community built around a shared passion. The bonds that form from this community transcend continents and cultures, transforming strangers into friends. After all, a smile on a powder day needs no translation. Click here for the trailer.

Premiering at the House of Blue – Boston, Friday 11/15 @ 8PM. Tickets available here.

Come by before the show and look for an NRO Sport promotion to get 20% off ski accessories!

Belting Island History

Since 1975, the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust has acquired, managed, and maintained the historic landmarks of one of Massachusetts’ most beloved island destinations. Many of these irreplaceable buildings were threatened by demolition due to how badly deteriorated they were. Such iconic institutions as The Old Whaling Church, Daniel Fisher House, the Flying Horses Carousel, and Union Chapel are but a handful of the 18 properties that the MVPT has painstakingly cared for and preserved, breathing new life into them for generations to come.

MVPT Landmarks

For the 29th annual Taste of the Vineyard, the Martha’s Vineayrd Preservation Trust is partnering with North River Outfitter to offer you a custom Smathers & Branson needlepoint belt featuring these Island landmarks. The proceeds from these belts will go directly to the Preservation Trust to continue to provide them with the resources they need to continue their work in preserving Island history. Personal monogramming is also available. You can order one (or more) of these belts here.NRO MVPT Smathers BeltAt NRO have long touted our love for The Vineyard, being one of our favored, summer haunts and home to our Edgartown shops. We can’t imagine the Island without these historic sites and thus want to do our part to insure that they will remain with us for generations to come! We hope you feel the same!

Check it: Knowing your checked patterns.

As popular as checked patterns are (especially during the fall) it boggles our minds when we encounter a tattersall-clad individual who confuses the pattern with, say, gingham. Part of dressing well is being knowledgeable of what you’re wearing. Just as you would easily differentiate between wool and cashmere, bootcut and straight, or moss and hunter green, you should know the difference between your beloved patterns. If you’re guilty of making a minor mistake then continue reading. We’ll forgive you…just this once.

Check It Pattern Board

Windowpane: Popular with men’s suiting, this pattern is aptly named for its resemblance to a series of window panes. Typically the fine lines are seen in a lighter, contrasting color upon a darker colored background. The look is quite distinguished, especially on a double-breasted, wool suit.

Argyle (Argyll): Probably one of the most well-known checks, it is an autumn essential for knitwear and socks. This three-dimensional pattern is distinguished by its overlay of diagonal lines upon solid diamonds. The name is derived from the tartan of the Campbell Clan of Argyll, Scotland, used for kilts and Highlander socks that were generally known as “tartan hose”.

Tattersall: This pattern’s name has a rather unglamorous provenance. In the 1700’s, Tattersall’s Horse Market of London created a cloth composed of regularly-spaced, thin, even stripes of two alternating, darker colors that were placed upon a light background. The cloth was used to keep the equine companion warm (read: horse blankets). Despite it’s beginnings the pattern is fashionably used on shirts, flannels, and waistcoats.

Madras: Known colloquially as “Madrasi checks”, this summertime favorite takes its name from the Indian city now known as Chennai. Similar to that of plaid, this fabric consists of checks and stripes in muted, yet soft and vibrant colors. Unlike the symmetric patterns of other checks, those of Madras tend to be uneven, which creates a sense of dimension and depth. Perfectly paired on light cottons and seersucker, this pattern keeps you looking cool when the weather isn’t.

Glen Plaid: Made renown by the Duke of Windsor, and thus nicknamed “Prince of Wales check”, this pattern is not often seen in the States. It is a handsome woven pattern typically made of black/grey and white, or with more muted colors, particularly with two dark and two light stripes that alternate with four dark and four light stripes which creates a crossing pattern of irregular checks. The name Glen plaid does not appear before 1926 where, until then, it was formally known as Glen Urquhart check, after the valley in Inverness-shire, Scotland, where it was first used.

Gingham: Worn by the mods of the 1960’s, Brigitte Bardot on her wedding day, and Dorothy as she traversed the yellow brick road, this pattern is often referred to as the “tablecloth pattern”. With its square checks of two contrasting colors and its fabrication, this pattern has no right or wrong side being the same from front to back. Depending on the colors used, Gingham is seasonless and an often welcome addition to both the male and female wardrobe.

Plaid/Tartan: There is often confusion between these two. Plaid actually comes from the Gaelic word for blanket and in Scotland refers to a piece of fabric that is belted, worn, or slung over the body. Where plaid refers to the fabric or garment itself, tartan refers to the pattern. However in America the two have become synonymous, thus when in Rome. This pattern is widely used from fashion to homeware and is easily distinguished by the crossing of vertical and horizontal bands of two or more colors.

Houndstooth: Probably the least subtle of the checks, this pattern is often found in both mens- and womenswear, gracing the likes of coats, jackets, neckwear, and hats. Originating from woven wool cloth from the Scottish Lowlands, this textile pattern is characterized by broken checks or abstract four-pointed shapes, often in black and white, although other colors are used. Despite its inability to be worn incognito it is the perfect compliment to classic ensembles in need of a lift.

Heads Up for Head of the Charles!

Head of the CharlesIt’s that time of year where nearly 300,000 excited onlookers will line both banks of the Charles River to watch (read: partake in libations and rowing revelry) the world’s largest two-day regatta. From the 19th to the 20th, families, friends, aficionados, past crew champs, et al will seemingly clamber upon one another to lay hold of the best view. But really, the Charles is a long stretch of water and HOTC isn’t lacking in riparian civilities; with designated event locations there is a place for the finicky and blasé. As always, whether you find yourself laying out upon the grass, perching bridge-top, or sitting, wine-in-hand, within the comforts of the Eliot Bridge Enclosure, try to look your best!

There may not be many boating blazers floating about (though we wish they would), heads crowned with boaters, or other traditional accoutrement, but we’dHarrisTweedTaransay BoastFall2013WomensBlazers_Tweed_Caramel_1024x1024__46747.1380122640.1280.1280like to make a few suggestions for a modern look constructed on classic underpinnings. As we prepare for our unveiling of the Boast fall collection, we thought it would behoove us to advise towards their women’s blazer featuring Harris Tweed, the quintessential purveyor of fine fabrics. Perfectly paired over jeans and riding boots or a wool dress, this blazer will give you a tailored silhouette while keeping you warm when the autumn wind blows. And for the gents might we bring your attention to the Harris Tweed Taransay jacket. A chamelon of sorts, the Taransay will take you from enclosure to water’s edge with old-school swagger sans dusty dowdiness.

However if you can’t wait for the festivities or a reason to dress in your preppy best, pop into our HOTC kickoff party and view all of Boast’s wares while enjoying Pumple Drumkin provided by Cisco…our favorite local brewer. But if it’s not booze or Boast you’re looking for then you must start the weekend off on an Oxford-clad foot by meeting F.E. Castleberry, the arbiter elegantiae of all things prep and bespectacled mastermind behind UnabashedlyPrep.com. What’s to lose…other than your favorite crew?

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