High praise–so lovely to receive!
As one who recently gushed over a number of boutiques and restaurants throughoutÂ Ireland, it was fun to be on the receiving end recently when currentVintage was mentioned in several other web blogs.Â Itâ€™s certainly grand to get national press, ahem, ( Lucky, Food & Wine) and recognition on high volume websites (Concierge, Indagare, Frommerâ€™s, Self), but itâ€™s particularly gratifying when freelance writers or individuals just like what you do and shout it to the world.Â Itâ€™s also fine if they just mention you in passingâ€”they were here and they took note.
Anyway, we just got the nicest write up on a very cool blog called â€œCorks + Caftansâ€.Â The blog is written by a couple, Rob & Carey, and captioned â€œHe loves wine; she loves fashion.â€Â They each post fun and interesting pieces, a lifestyle mix of useful wine & travel notes, fashion references and intimate anecdotes.Â I have been reading their blog off and on for sometime and concluded that I would definitely like to hang out with them.Â Thus,Â I was especially delighted for Carey to write a little piece on currentVintage.
â€œIf Corks + Caftans were an actual store, I think itâ€™d be reminiscent of this lovely shop tucked away on a cobblestone street near the harbor at 4 Easy Street. The vintage selection is so insaneâ€¦ I almost bought a baby blue sequined tunic with a scalloped hem and am still kicking myself for this lapse in judgment. Walk among carefully selected accessories, dresses, racks of wine, fur-collared coatsâ€¦ itâ€™s like being at Willy frackinâ€™ Wonkaâ€™s.â€
Back in the summer, we were featured in the Food & Wine magazine blog by editor Jen Murphy.Â She asked me to come up with some wine and summer fashion pairings and opened her post with this:
â€œIt takes talent to match just the right wine with a dish. Some would also argue that it takes talent to match the perfect handbag or heels with a dress. That makes Elisabeth English, the owner of Nantucket’s Current Vintage, super-talented.â€â€”Jen Murphy
Another fun 2009 post featuring currentVintage was this one from The Fashion Examiner Blog Spot.Â I was amused by their take on cV and the profile providedâ€¦
THE VIBE: Part Palm Beach vintage with some luxe items thrown in partnered with some select wine offering such as Sofia Coppolaâ€™s wine spritzers.
HIGHLIGHTS: the vintage Lilly Pulitzer cocktail and patio
dresses and the pink bug eyed sunglasses.
ON SALE: An adorable sail/architectural print sheath dress for under $100
WE BOUGHT: a cute brown pull on skirt with an embroidered mushroom cap for $35. The owner joked, â€œYou just bought the cheapest thing on the Islandâ€.
BROWNIE POINTS: The relaxed vibe and friendly owner who let us linger for close to an hour trying dresses on.
I also got a huge kick out of the title of this blog post from travel writer, Cathy Che, entitled â€œPreppy Nantucket: Alienated by Lilly Pulitzer without Ironyâ€.Â Che appreciated the natural beauty of Nantucket, but lamented the lack of originality in style and diversity on island. As I much as I revere the real Lilly Pulitzer, we could hardly be called preppy here at currentVintage, and fortunately, Che seemed to get our brand of cool:
â€œThere are a few edgy shops like Current Vintage (refurbished Lilly Pulitzer and other chic vintage dresses plus fine wines) and Posh (fine handcrafted jewelry)â€
The last blog post Iâ€™ll mention had particular significance for me, because it turned out I knew the author, although she did not know that she was writing about me!Â Rebecca Chapa, an accomplished sommelier and wine educator, has a wine consulting company called â€œTannin Managementâ€¦Taking the Bitterness Out of Wineâ€.Â She has an extensive restaurant wine background, working at Montrachet, Nobu and Tribeca Grill in New York, and as the first sommelier at Jardiniere in San Francisco, earning a â€œBest of Award of Excellenceâ€ from the Wine Spectator for their list.
Although a wine professional, Rebecca understands that wine can be enjoyed without fanfare.Â Her blog, www.rebeccachapa.com, explores wine, spirits, travel and culture.Â It was through the blog on â€œNantucket: Off-Seasonâ€ that I found her post mentioning currentVintage and realized that we used to work together at the Brotherhood in the early 90s!
â€œThey have an amazing selection of lesser known cult wines including Scholium Project!Â Pretty cool to see that someone here
knows what theyâ€™re doing.â€â€”Rebecca Chapa on currentVintage
As one who loves to champion the elements of the currentVintage lifestyle, from winemakers to designers to destinations to bloggers, itâ€™s nice to give and to receive.