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Current Vintage
4 Easy Street
Nantucket , Massachusetts
02554
Tel: 508 228 5073

The unique combination of wine (bottles start at a bargain $10) and vintage women's clothing and accessories has made Current Vintage the talk of the town since it opened in the former Juice Guys space on Easy Street. You'll find clothing from Lilly Pulitzer—the unofficial designer of Nantucket—Hermès, and Missoni, as well as designer bags and shoes by the likes of Halston, Pucci, Manolo Blahnik, and Prada. The wines, priced up to $175 a bottle, are displayed with recommended food pairings; some are off local wine lists, and there's an "American Seasons Collection" of wines that work well with locally grown, seasonal dishes, in collaboration with the restaurant American Seasons. Current Vintage also sells sparkling sake and craft beer, and stays open until 11 pm in the summer for wandering visitors who find most other stores on the island shuttered by early evening.

David Chase
60 Main Street
Nantucket , Massachusetts
02554
Tel: 508 325 8678
www.davidchasenantucket.com

Longtime Nantucketers might balk at the idea of Jimmy Choos and Piazza Sempione on Main Street (just a stone's throw from Murray's, no less!). But today's vacationing gals who need something to wear to LoLa 41 know to come here. The helpful (okay, slightly pushy) salespeople busily ferry Etro separates, Loro Piana blouses, Cambio jeans, and even matching handbags to the dressing rooms to put together the perfect outfit.

Haberdashery of New England
9 Centre Street
Nantucket , Massachusetts
02554
Tel: 508 228 2100
littlemissdrama.com

The refined European clothing here (for men and women) manages to look breezy and casual: Swiss broadcloth shirts by Bruli come in crisp tattersall and awning stripes; Della Ciana pastel cashmere sweaters are whisper-light; Luciano Barbera tailored pants and Bermuda shorts would look at home at the yacht club. Just try to swallow that gasp when you see the price tags.

Little Miss Drama
12 Old South Wharf
Nantucket , Massachusetts
02554
Tel: 508 228 1937
littlemissdrama.com

New York jewelry designers Pam Diem and Deborah Knox were actresses before becoming jewelry designers, and their bold, brassy line of jewelry evokes old Hollywood and Broadway's golden age. Each piece is handmade and named after the female character, musical, or movie that inspired it—the Daisy Buchanan, for example, a necklace made of two strands of pedal-shaped amazonite and clear quartz and separated by vermeil beads; the Holly Golightly, also a necklace, is made of three braided strands with alternating red, pink, and green briolettes. This, their new flagship store in the former Capricorn Gallery space on Old South Wharf, has been long anticipated by Nantucket shoppers.

Open late May through September.

Mitchell's Book Corner
54 Main Street
Nantucket , Massachusetts
02554
Tel: 508 228 1080
www.mitchellsbookcorner.com

Like many other independent bookstores, Mitchell's was at risk of falling victim to Internet competition compounded by soaring rents. That was until Wendy Schmidt, a summer resident and wife of Google CEO Eric Schmidt, bought the building and ensured the store's survival. After four decades, the business itself has been sold to two longtime employees. With 40,000 titles crammed into its small space, Mitchell's has everything from light beach reads to serious literature, but it's best known for the back room filled with books about Nantucket whaling and maritime lore—the most complete selection of its kind. Local authors sign their books on Saturday mornings, and popular readings are held in the nearby Atheneum.

Murray's Toggery
62 Main Street
Nantucket , Massachusetts
02554
Tel: 508 228 0437
www.nantucketreds.com

When owner Philip Murray introduced brick-red sailcloth clothes for men in 1945, he started a fashion trend that's become iconic on and off the island. Today, they're known as Nantucket Reds, and Murray's not only still stocks them—trousers, shorts, skirts, the lot—it holds the trademark on the term. This is HQ for the old-school prep set, with deck shoes, polo shirts, cable sweaters in umpteen colors, and madras, madras everywhere. Murray's is an only-on-Nantucket sea of whale belts and seersucker, and a Main Street institution. Open year-round, it's also a place where locals go to "have a gam"— catch up on local gossip with the Murray descendants who still run the place.

Closed Sundays, January through April.

Nantucket Basket Works
11 First Way
Nantucket , Massachusetts
02554
Tel: 508 228 2518
www.alanswreed.com

Handwoven baskets have been made on Nantucket since the turn of the century. Sturdy but still delicate looking, the wooden-handled totes are known as "lightship baskets," because they were first woven in the mid-1800s by bored sailors stationed on floating lighthouses offshore. The local artisans at this studio about a mile south of Nantucket Town carry on the tradition, making expensive one-of-a-kind pieces, many decorated with scrimshaw and ivory inlays that are also crafted here.

Nantucket Looms
16 Federal Street
Nantucket , Massachusetts
02554
Tel: 508 228 1908
www.nantucketlooms.com

Established in 1968 as a weaving collective, Nantucket Looms still produces unique, handloomed blankets and throws in its second-floor studio. The shop on the first floor has an array of these for sale, all made from natural fibers like cashmere and linen. Other island artists also sell their wares here, including paintings, jewelry, furniture, wildflower soap, and sophisticated knickknacks, most with a nautical theme. Jackie Onassis made it a point to drop in every time she visited the island in the 1970s (the store would obligingly close while she shopped.) If you overhear locals grumbling about Nantucket Looms's move from its former prime spot on Main Street, it's because the shop was displaced by a certain fashion designer (initials R.L.) peddling high-end preppy styles.

Open Mondays through Saturdays.

Posh
18 Old South Wharf
Nantucket , Massachusetts
02554
Tel: 508 414 1330
jessicahicks.com

Worn by the likes of Halle Berry, Eva Longoria, Jessica Alba, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Paris Hilton, the playful jewelry made by Nantucketer Jessica Hicks is distinctive for the tiny holes she drills in metal shapes, from stars to hearts to teardrops. Hicks, who started by selling her work at Vis-a-Vis boutique on Main Street (where it's also still available), now has her own small shop on Old South Wharf so that not only insiders, but everybody else, can get some.

Open late May through September.

Trillium
17 Centre Street
Nantucket , Massachusetts
02554
Tel: 508 228 4450
trilliumnantucket.com

Eclectic and sea-themed housewares fill this tiny shop, including frosted wine goblets, decoupage plates made from antique illustrations of fish and sea creatures, glass candlesticks, and table centerpieces of deep-red coral. Among the must-haves are the vividly hued, handbeaded place mats in the shapes of lobsters and fish; they're the perfect accessory for lunch aboard your yacht.

Open Mondays through Saturdays.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.