Our Guide To Traditional Moccasins, Artistic Belts, Cool Cottage Furniture, Ultralight Backpacking Gear.
Men’s Style Setter
41 Wharf Street, Portland. 207-553-1999, www.shop.roguesgallery.com
Maine is not a fashion-conscious state — often proudly so — yet it is the inspiration for Rogues Gallery founder Alex Carleton, one of the country’s leading menswear designers. His T-shirts with clever graphics, nautical sweaters, and bulky outerwear (check out the audacious, outrageous faux coyote fur bomber jacket in the Never Sleep line) are favorites of the style watchers at national magazines like GQ, Esquire, and Time.
Loten Art Lighting
58 New Ireland Road, Montville, 207-589-3165 www.lotenartlighting.com
Stuart Loten’s slender steel lamps with hand-painted silk shades are positively elegant. Trained in fine art in product design at the University of Kansas, Loten uses Chinese bamboo calligraphy brushes and textile dyes to paint leaves, vines, and other organic forms on silk, which he stretches like a canvas. The lamps themselves are simple and graceful, with a rich, mahogany patina. Brilliant!
Traditional Maine Shoes
1041 Route 1, Perry. 207-853-2488, www.quoddy.com
It’s hard to be the latest thing when you’ve been around for more than one hundred years, but Quoddy shoes, moccasins, and boots have been rediscovered by stylish retailers like South Willard and J.Crew. Rightfully so. Quoddy shoes are still hand-sewn in the little town of Perry way Down East, and they are as rugged and as comfortable as ever. Our favorites include the women’s tweed and leather grizzly boot, the men’s bluchers, and, of course, the moccasins that made this company famous.
Wooden Bottle Stoppers
Dennis Curtis Woodturning
88 Albee Road, Augusta, 207-621-8146. www.denniscurtiswoodturning.com
Dennis Curtis’ turned wood wine stoppers are so handsome you may not want to finish your bottle of wine. Curtis chooses woods with distinctive grains, including Maine beech, cherry, and oak, and exotics like cocobolo, king, and black palm, a fibery wood with streaks and speckles. Each stopper has its own unique shape (some are reminiscent of chess pieces). We’re also enamored of Curtis’ gorgeous wood bowls, especially those with natural edges.
Onesie for Baby
Milo in Maine
PO Box 3625, Portland. 207-332-5056, www.miloinmaine.com
Every parent will tell you that your baby can’t have too many onesies, those sweet little undershirts with the snap-button crotch. Maine-themed styles are plentiful, but the one we can’t resist is adorned with a stitch illustration of a blue jellyfish. Realistically rendered with delicate, billowy tentacles, the creature seems to be drifting across the shirt, which is made of soft organic cotton. We also covet the starfish, crow, and codfish designs.
44 Main Street, Liberty, 207-589-4596. www.legtees.com
Ornithologist David Sibley’s superb field guides to North American birds are prized for their detailed watercolor illustrations. You needn’t be a birder to appreciate the beauty of these paintings, especially now that Liberty Graphics has introduced a David Sibley line of organic cotton T-shirts. Our favorite: the worm’s-eye view of a red-tailed hawk in flight, its wings outstretched and its gorgeous tail feathers fanned.
19 Central Street, Hallowell, 800-545-9347. www.brahmsmount.com
The hardest part about buying one of Brahms Mount’s cotton herringbone throws is choosing a color. There are seventeen of them — simply beautiful shades of blue, green, orange, and red — and they happen to look great together. Fashioned on antique shuttle looms in a mill on the Kennebec River, the throws sport a hand-twisted fringe. Soft and warm, they are just the thing to cozy under on a chilly night.
The Belted Cow Company
305 Route 1, Yarmouth, 800-610-3364. beltedcow.com
Let a happy school of fish circle your waist, courtesy of Rockland artist Eric Hopkins, who collaborated with the Belted Cow Company to make this cheery line of belts. Hopkins creates each design by individually painting ten to fifteen fish in a row, so no two fish are exactly the same. One belt style features Maine firry islands, Hopkins’ signature subject. The belts are cloth with leather tabs and brass buckles.
New Spin on Cottage Style
75 Market Street, Portland. 800-860-8955, www.furniturea.com
Furniturea reinterprets camp furniture by stripping away the gentle curves, bead board details, and oversized knobs, and zeroing in on the simple lines. Drawing further inspiration from the silhouettes and sharp angles of timber-framed barns, founder Brian Haddock and his crew of designers and cabinetmakers have created a sophisticated, contemporary collection of beds, bureaus, bookcases, and tables, in maple and birch. The palette —oranges, yellows, purples, and blues — is playful and bold.
Biscuits for Bowser
MaineCatch Saltwater Products
Falmouth, 207-321-2109, mainecatch.net
Does your pup cast his sad, moist gaze on you whenever you eat lobster? Do you roll your own eyes at him, as if to say, “You wish!”? Now you can share the pleasure of that Maine delicacy without giving up any of your own. MaineCatch’s Maine lobster dog treats are made with lobster meal and other natural ingredients. Down East’s dogs gave these delicacies four paws up.
HyperLite Mountain Gear
North Dam Mill, Biddeford, 800-464-9208. www.hyperlitemountaingear.com
“Ultralight” equipment is the latest trend in backpacking, so it’s no wonder Hyperlite Mountain Gear, a designer, manufacturer, and supplier of outdoor gear based in Biddeford’s North Dam Mill, is attracting attention for its Windrider Ultralight Pack. Made from the high performance sail-making fabric Cuben Fiber, the frameless,
waterproof Windrider weighs only 25.5 ounces, yet easily carries thirty-five pounds of gear. Designed for long-distance hiking, we think it makes a great daypack, too.
Five Bodacious Bath & Body Care Products
1 Lavender Fairy Flower Crème, Avena Botanicals, 219 Mill Street, Rockport. 207-594-0694; www.avenabotanicals.com. Made with herbs from Avena Botanical’s own two-acre garden, this all-natural crème will soften and moisturize all your rough, dry spots.
2 Gardener’s Tea-Tree Soap, Dr. Dandelion, Portland 207-776-9890. www.drdandelion.com. Move over, Lava! This soap has a light clean fragrance, a soothing lather, and bits of loofah to loosen ground-in dirt.
3 Mad Gab’s Natural Sun Stick SPF 30, Mad Gab’s, Westbrook. 800-547-5823. www.madgabs.com. Made with cocoa butter and jojoba oil, this sunblock comes in a stick, so it packs easily into purses and backpacks. Best of all, your hands don’t get greasy when you put it on.
4 Lip Balm, Lulu’s Garden, Whitefield. 207-549-4672. www.inlulusgarden.com. Lee Bodmer combines herbs and oils to make lip balms with a purpose: boost energy, relieve stress, ease symptoms of PMS. All that, and they protect lips from the drying effects of sun and wind, too.
5 Whiskey Shave Soap, Portland General Store, Portland. portlandgeneralstore.com. Lisa Brodar has concocted an old-fashioned wet shave soap that makes a luxurious lather and has a warm, woodsy scent with hints of spice and vanilla.