On building the EILEEN FISHER/Garnet Hill relationship

Eileen Fisher Home Exclusively at Garnet Hill

To celebrate our relationship with Eileen Fisher, we have gathered interviews from key members of the Eileen Fisher team.

We’re kicking off the series with words from Terri Erdos MacDonald. Terri is instrumental in coordinating communication and implementation of special projects between our brands, and she’s been an important part of the team since the launch of our collaborative Eileen Fisher Home collection back in 2006.

Q: Please define what your position is at Eileen Fisher.
A: I am Executive Assistant to the VP of Design/Merchandising as well as involved with various special projects — of which the Garnet Hill/Eileen Fisher Home and Sleepwear collaboration is the primary project.

Q: How long have you been with Eileen Fisher?
A: I have been with Eileen Fisher for 11 years. My background is primarily home and catalog – so the EF/GH project was a natural fit for me to be involved in – and I’ve enjoyed it a lot. The EF/GH home and sleepwear design teams have always been an exciting and natural collaboration – I really enjoy watching the design teams from both companies work together – there is such synergy. And the brainstorming and inspiration meetings are over the top – so many great ideas and products emerge.

Q: What’s your favorite Eileen Fisher Home Item?
A: I LOVE the cotton/linen towels – the combination of the cotton and linen is unique and it feels like your exfoliating your skin but at the same time it’s incredibly absorbent.

Q: What’s the best thing about the Eileen Fisher/Garnet Hill relationship?
A: It seemed like a perfect fit from day one – GH started as a natural fabric company – they, like EF, understand the importance of everyday luxury and simplicity. From the moment the group started to embark on the first home collection – it has been all about natural fabrics, special and unique textures and soft colors – all key components in creating a beautiful bed.

Explore our latest Eileen Fisher collections for home, sleep, and women’s clothing.

Apples and cheddar cheese: a picnic-perfect fall day in Cabot, VT

Apple Tree
Did you know that there are more than 7,500 varieties of apples?

At Burtt’s Apple Orchard in Cabot, VT, you can sample more than 40 of them over the course of a season.
Family-owned and operated, the 10-acre orchard is located in one of the most picturesque spots in Vermont.
Vermont Scenery
The scenic drive is one of the many reasons that Burtt’s is a local favorite. Cresting the hill over the orchard you’ll find a view of the Green Mountains, and above it all, the A.M. Foster Covered Bridge, often cited as one of the most beautiful bridges in the country.
McIntosh Apple Trees
Once at the orchard, stop by the stand to find out which varieties are ready for picking. Hand-painted signs direct you to your apples of choice.
Wagons at Burtt's Apple Orchard in Cabot, VT
If you have small children in tow, wagons are provided to make the outing a little easier.
Apple Cider Donuts
Be sure to grab some cider and apple cider donuts for a snack in the field or to enjoy on the ride home. Kids can earn a donut for free by finding one of the golden wooden apples hidden among the trees.
Apple Slingshot at Burtt's Apple Orchard in Cabot, VT
After picking a bag or bushel-full of apples, try your hand at the slingshot. A basketful of flawed apples sits below it, inviting you to see how far you can fling one across the meadow.
Cabot Creamery Visitors Center
For a classic New England experience, and culinary combination, we recommend following your visit with a trip to nearby Cabot Creamery, just two miles down the road.
Visiting Cabot Creamery
At the creamery you can see cheese being made and sample dozens of varieties — including many that pair beautifully with your freshly picked apples!
Cabot Cheese Samples
It’s such a popular pairing, in fact, that Cabot Cheese has a collection of recipes on their website devoted to apples and cheddar.

It may sound a bit strange but here in New England, many enjoy a slice of cheese with, or even on top of their apple pie. Lore has it that this combination was brought over from England with early settlers.

Learn more about Burtt’s Apple Orchard and Cabot Cheese.

Which will make you look slimmer, vertical stripes or horizontal stripes?

The internet has not reached a consensus (imagine that!)

By Jeff Sawyer

I thought we had all agreed long ago that vertical stripes are slimming and horizontal stripes are not. Thus my interest in a career as a referee or convict.

I’m no Gene Davis, but instinctively, it seemed that vertical lines would slim a silhouette, much like raising your arms over your head, while horizontal stripes would broaden it.

Besides, when vertical, you’re generally burning more calories than when horizontal.

Conversely, looking at examples in nature, it seems that stripes can work for or against you, regardless of direction:

Things with stripes that appear slim…

  • Striped Bass
  • Tigers chasing zebras
  • Suits on cool jazz musicians
  • A huddle of Chicago Bulls
  • The row of dollar bills in my wallet

Things with stripes that do not appear slim…

I don’t see a clear pattern here. And science hasn’t made up its mind, either:

  • A BBC article concludes that vertical stripes are slimming, a shortcut to svelte.
  • A 2008 study by UK scientists determined that vertical stripes were not slimming and should in fact be avoided.
  • A Psychology Today article says, Go horizontal.
  • An article in Glamour agrees, suggesting that horizontal stripes can make you look 10 pounds lighter if worn in precisely the right width and color.
  • According to Discover Magazine, 19th-century German physicist Hermann von Helmholtz demonstrated that at least horizontal stripes did not make you look heavier.

So there you have it: no decision after five rounds.

I‘ve found no definitive word on whether checks, plaids, jacquards, houndstooths or polka-dots visually contour the body in any appreciable way. There do seem to be differing opinions on whether “jacquard” is pronounced with the emphasis on the first or second syllable, but in neither case does it narrow the hips.

Incidentally, most everyone I know or read agrees that black is the most slimming color you can wear. This advice benefits everyone except brides.

This season, I’ve decided to skip stripes entirely. I’m going with tartan. When you see someone marching down Madison Avenue in a bold wool tartan, you don’t think thick or thin. You think, Now that look right there, that’s pure confidence. And then you think, What’s with the bagpipes?

Bagpipes: the ultimate wardrobe accessory, and a surefire way to shorten a meeting. But that’s a story for another time.

End of summer entertaining, Domino style

Garnet Hill-Domino Magazine Shopping Event at Bridgehampton StoreInspired by a recent shopping event that we hosted at the Bridgehampton store with Domino Magazine, here are some entertaining ideas to help you soak up the end of summer.

End of Summer Entertaining at the Bridgehampton StoreThe in-store event featured farm-to-table appetizers that highlighted summer ingredients, like Surf & Turf Biscuits, Salmon Cakes with Cucumber, and Summer Roll. Editor-in-chief Jessica Romm Perez and key staff members from Garnet Hill and Domino were present.

End of Summer Entertaining at the Bridgehampton StoreHamptons Aristocrat provided the food, stunning wildflower bouquets, and spritzers made with spiked seltzer and Xavier Flouret Wines were served. The drinks were adorned with flower ice cubes.

End of Summer Entertaining at the Bridgehampton StoreThe Aristocrat Spritz
• Start with 3 ounces of Xavier Flouret Nationale 7 Rosé (Côtes de Provence Nationale 7 Rosé 2016)
• Add 3 ounces of spiked seltzer
• Chill with flower iced cubes
• Garnish with a lemon wheel

Salt Drift Farm Watermelon Lemonade Spritz with Flower Ice CubesSalt Drift Farm Watermelon Lemonade Spritz
• Take 2 ounces of watermelon juice
• Add 2 ounces of organic lemonade
• Top with 4 ounces of sparkling wine
• Finish with lemon balm herbs

Flower Ice CubesFlower Ice Cubes
• Be sure to use edible flowers like Violas, Nasturtiums, or Marigolds
• Place flowers in water-filled rubber icecube molds

End of Summer Entertaining at the Bridgehampton Store

Closet capsule collection: fall 2017

Wearing a favorite look is a surefire way to boost your mood.
To quote a sign seen recently in Portsmouth, NH,

“I’m nicer when I like my outfit.”

Surely, you can relate.

As you gear up for fall and add a few timeless pieces to your wardrobe, we’re setting out to improve your season with a closet capsule collection specially curated with nine mood-boosting essentials.

Want to feel confident about your outfits this fall? Your new wardrobe starts here.

1. The Cargo Jacket

Garnet Hill Organic Cotton Cargo JacketFeminine, favorable details (a cinchable waist, camouflaging length, princess seaming) redefine this between-the-seasons staple — with pockets for stow-and-go-everywhere ease.


2. The Artful Cardigan

Garnet Hill Signature Merino CardiganStyled with prints that pop and a slim-fit style that flatters, a warm wool cardi reboots your basics in a flash. Stash one on the coatrack, in your bag, and at your desk, to ward off the chill in a pinch.


3. The Layering Tunic

Hacci Long Vented TunicPlay with proportion with a long layering tunic — it’s a fun, fashionable way to add a little extra length to your look. Look for one with exaggerated side vents for some dramatic swing.


4. Skinny Jeans 2.0

Level 99 Ultra-Skinny JeansSlim jeans are one of the best ways to balance bulkier toppers. Our latest iterations embrace comfort alongside style, for skinnies that are unbelievably soft and super-stretchy.


5. The LBD (Latest Black Dress)

Eileen Fisher Organic Cotton Jersey A-Line DressBlank-canvas versatility gives the little black dress worktime sophistication and nighttime elegance. This season, look for swingy, A-line shapes, ultra-slimming seams, and unexpected details like pockets.


6. Beautified Booties

Dolce Vita Noreen Heeled ShoesWhen it’s too cold for a sandal and too warm for a boot, a bootie is the easy answer. If you’re not quite ready to put away the open-toed and strappy styles, look for cool embellishments like cut-outs and perforated detailing.


7. The Two-Way Clutch

Latico Lidia Convertible ClutchFor desk-to-dinner days, you need a two-in-one purse that converts from cross-body bag to clutch. Choose one with a sleek silhouette, in textured leather, with a score of great details like a specially designed pocket to keep your phone handy.


8. The Look-Closer Necklace

Dana Kellin Wrapped-Stone NecklaceInstead of a statement necklace that shouts, choose one that quietly demands attention. Invest in a unique, hand-crafted piece, with look-closer detailing that plays nicely with everything in your wardrobe.


9. The Cashmere Wrap

Garnet Hill Cashmere WrapToss a cashmere wrap around your shoulders for extra warmth and luxe softness, in an instant. For even more interest, choose one enhanced with a pointelle stitch, cool color-blocking, or Fair Isle embellishment.

Kristyn Lak Miller is a freelance Garnet Hill writer based in Portsmouth, NH.

Staff picks: Where to go and what to do in the Hamptons

For the inside scoop on where to go, what to do, and what to eat in the Hamptons, we interviewed our Bridgehampton Store staff. Here’s what they recommended:

1. If someone were visiting the Hamptons for the weekend, where would you send them to dinner? What dishes would you recommend?Dave's Gone Fishing in Montauk, NY

Dave’s Gone Fishing: Located in Montauk, this place is known for its Dave’s Original Cioppino, a tasty medley of seafood and their famous smoked-tuna spread.

Bostwick’s Chowder House: If you’re ever in East Hampton, you need to go here. They have great seafood, including the best fish tacos around!

Pierre’s Restaurant: This bistro is right on Main Street in Bridgehampton. The menu offers stunning French cuisine and an extensive wine list. You must try Lobster in Cognac Sauce.Pierre's Restaurant in Bridgehampton, NY


2. Where are the best places to go?

Madoo Conservancy

Baron’s Cove: When you’re in Sag Harbor, it’s the place to visit for wonderful music and small bites at the bar or on the lawn. It offers year-round entertainment and great atmosphere.

Bay Street Theater: This year-round Sag Harbor venue is a fabulous place to catch plays, comedy events, and musical performances. They also showcase talented writers via their authors’ series.

Wolffer Wine Stand: Located in Sagaponack, this venue features live music on Friday evenings, and it’s known for the best sunset view in town.

Madoo Conservancy: Also in Sagaponack, this garden oasis is on the National Historic Registry. It’s worth a visit where you can stroll the lovely grounds filled with native plants and artistic sculptures. Before you go, check their website for times and availability of tours.


3. Where’s the best beach?

Where's the Best Beach in Bridgehampton, NY?

We recommend Main Beach in East Hampton. For this beach, you will need a beach pass, but you can catch Hamptons’ The Free Ride at various locations. The Free Ride drops off and picks up people at Main Beach. It runs from 9am to 6pm.

We also like Sagg Main Beach in Bridgehampton. If you get the chance, check out the seasonal Monday-night drum circles. They’re so much fun.


4. Who has the best coffee?Pierre's Bakery in Bridgehampton, NY

That’s an easy one! We like to fuel up and get caffeinated at Pierre’s Bakery on Main Street in Bridgehampton.


5. We know the summer is the peak time to visit the Hamptons; what is your favorite thing to do in the off-season?

Block Island, Rhode Island isn’t far away, and it’s amazing in September. It quiets down once the summer vacationers are gone. It doesn’t have the changing foliage; its autumn story is told by the changing weather, scenic vistas, and the migrating birds that populate the island.

We also like to visit North Fork Vineyards and spend the day strolling the shops, galleries, and restaurants of Greenport.


6. Besides the Garnet Hill Store, what are your favorite places to shop in Bridgehampton?Knockout Beauty in Bridgehampton, NY

Knockout Beauty: Conscious beauty boutique for the modern minded. There’s also a boutique in NYC. Their Instagram account is amazing.

Tutto Bene: Italian for “everything good,” this boutique is a staple in the Hamptons for women’s fine clothing.

Round Swamp Farm: It features gourmet prepared food and freshly baked goodies. Everything is delicious! They also have a location in East Hampton.

The Bridgehampton Florist: They make beautiful arrangements and have unique flowers. The staff is always friendly and accommodating.

Julian Beck Fine Painting

The Hamptons is known for the love of Arts. Bridgehampton has many wonderful art galleries, including Julian Beck Fine Painting and Kathryn Markel Fine Art.

Packing up for back-to-school season

It’s that bittersweet time of year: summer is almost over and back-to-school season has once again snuck up on us. But instead of lamenting the end of pool parties and barbeques, we at Garnet Hill choose to embrace the season of brand-new lunchboxes, fresh school supplies, and most importantly, stylish backpacks.

In celebration of a brand new school year, we asked a few of our favorite bloggers to share their kids’ reactions to our new backpack designs, along with a few tips to help prep for the season.

Garnet Hill Kids' Eco BackpacksGarnet Hill Kids' Eco Backpacks

“[Our daughter] plays with her new backpack every day and loves to play school at home. We love these bags because they are so durable. Izzy was rough on her backpack from last year, but is still in great shape,”

– Lauren, Heart of Deborah.

One of Lauren’s favorite school traditions? Stocking her kid’s backpacks up with their favorite reads.

Garnet Hill Kids' Eco BackpacksGarnet Hill Kids' Eco Backpacks

“I’m a person of organization, schedules and being a true introvert, having time to myself.  I absolutely love my kids and they are the best, but they are ready to be back in school,”

– Lulu, The Laurel Lane.

Her favorite characteristics about the backpacks? The matching insulated lunch bag, the security buckles across the front, and the multiple zippers to organize all the kids’ items and padded straps.

Garnet Hill Kids' Eco Backpacks

“My son is so hilarious with his backpack – it’s literally the same size as him but he is obsessed with it and wants to wear it all the time,”

– Melissa, Bubby and Bean.

Tell us: how are you preparing your kids for back-to-school?

 

How to style your bed, by Domino + Garnet Hill

Inspired by our latest collection, Domino wrote this instructional guide to help you style your bed for the season. We enjoyed the simplicity and timelessness of the styling tips so much, we wanted to share them with you. Enjoy!

Written by Anna Kocharian. Photography by Michael Wiltbank.

HOW TO STYLE YOUR BED

Come fall, as the weather cools and we begin to embrace a cozier approach to making our beds, we turn to one tried-and-true technique that guarantees a well-made look: layering. The concept itself may seem easy enough, but throw in textures, contrasting colors, or a mixture of prints, and things can get tricky. We turned to Garnet Hill’s upcoming collection for a little inspiration in the form of autumn-friendly bedding and textiles. Here, a few of our expert-approved tips for layering your bedding with ease, while maintaining an approachable look you can recreate on the daily.

Start with a neutral base.

How to Style Your Bed: Start with a Neutral Base

Photo by Michael Wiltbank

Nothing quite compares to clean, crisp, white bedding. When it comes to the basic set of sheets, stick to soft neutral tones to allow for a versatile foundation on which you can easily build with color and texture. Whites and delicate creams are ideal. Keep the sheets void of busy patterns or prints, reserving them for the duvets and throws.

Introduce color.

How to Style Your Bed: Introduce Color

Photo by Michael Wiltbank

Here’s your opportunity to set the chromatic tone for the overall look. Introduce a pop of color through an unexpected element. We opted for a lightly textured top sheet in a moody shade of vintage indigo. Although it’ll remain mostly covered in the end, the sliver of it that shows will impart the bedding with a dynamic finish.

Tie in pattern.

How to Style Your Bed: Tie in Pattern

Photo by Michael Wiltbank

A neutral base, achieved by way of the sheets, provides flexibility to go bold with patterns and colors, when it comes to the duvet and shams. Here, the delicately patterned duvet cover boasts a reserved palette that complements our indigo top sheet, unifying the chromatic tone of the setting. A pair of coordinating shams go without saying.

 

Complete with texture.

How to Style Your Bed: Complete with Texture

Photo by Michael Wiltbank

Here is where the seasonally charged decorative elements come in. Think along the lines of patterned quilts, cozy throws, and textured throw pillows—design components you can easily swap out and refresh. Drape a mohair throw at the foot of the bed and complete the look with an additional sham or throw pillow, which either embodies or complements the color scheme of the bedding.

To find your ideal bedding combination visit GarnetHill.com

Summer’s a wrap—a wrap dress, that is

By Kristyn Lak Miller

This story starts innocently enough.

Back in June, I bought Garnet Hill’s Gathered Wrap Dress in Deep Navy. I was instantly drawn to its combination of style (faux-wrap front, pretty drape) and comfort (jersey knit, pull-on ease).

Garnet Hill Gathered Wrap Dress

At the time, I thought of it as a cute new dress—but it quickly became so much more.

I first wore it for a lunch date with a friend. The dress was completely effortless though it looked like I had put in a fair bit of extra effort (love that!). In it, I felt relaxed, confident, and happy (love that, too!). My friend complimented the dress. Our waitress did, too. After lunch, I bought the dress in its two other summer colors, Chili and Dark Ashwood.

Garnet Hill Gathered Wrap Dress

 

And that’s how this season came to be my Summer of (Wrap Dress) Love!

Having this dress in a trio of colors, it’s become my go-to most days—and nights—of the week. I’ve paired it with Superga sneakers and with Frye sandals. I’ve left it unadorned and dressed it up with layers of Chan Luu necklaces. I’ve worn it for long walks and work meetings, a romantic dinner with my husband and a trip to an amusement park with the kids, blueberry picking and even a Sunflower Festival. My daughter, a budding photographer, has taken candids of me in this dress on many, many occasions (it’s her photography you see here).

Garnet Hill Gathered Wrap Dress

This dress is always the just-right choice, even on windy days—remember, its flattering wrap is faux!

I’m someone who usually tosses everything into the washing machine at once (colors, whites, towels, Legos) and hopes for the best, but I like this dress so much that I wash it separately, on the delicate cycle, and I hang it to dry. And, confession time, I did something I have never done before: I bought a back-up for each—yes, I splurged on a second dress in all three colors—because I have a history of staining only my favorite items of clothing.

And to say this is a favorite is a massive understatement.

Recently, I received Garnet Hill’s latest catalog. Flipping through the pages, getting inspired for Fall, I noticed that two new colors have been added to the Gathered Wrap Dress for the season—Black and Baltic Teal. I look forward to my Fall of (Wrap Dress) Love!

We’re wondering if you’ve ever defined a season or two (or longer) by fashion, like a pair of sandals that always reminds you of that perfect summer, a cashmere cardigan that’s kept you cozy over the last few winters, or a scarf that you’ve worn, year-round, for the last decade . . . and is now your signature item. Let us know in the COMMENTS section below—we want to hear from you!

Kristyn Lak Miller is a freelance Garnet Hill writer based in Portsmouth, NH.

 

Tour the Colonial Theatre, a jewel of Northern New Hampshire

We cherish The Colonial Theatre in nearby Bethlehem, New Hampshire. Nestled north of Franconia Notch, the historic Colonial is one of the oldest continuously operating movie theatres in the country. It opened for business July 1, 1915 featuring Cecil B. DeMille’s The Girl of The Golden West.

Today, it’s also a rich cultural center that is almost exclusively volunteer run. For locals, recent transplants, and visitors to the North Country, the Colonial hosts domestic and foreign films, live performances, film festivals, and children’s theatre workshops.

When you attend a live event, the theatre’s connection to the community is evident. In the summer, concertgoers linger out on the patio and catch up with old friends.

At movie showings, the popcorn is organic and freshly popped each night (with real melted butter), and you can doctor it up as you like. On chilly nights, or when you’d just like to get cozy while watching a movie, you can wrap yourself in one of our fleece blankets. Where else can you do that?

Main Street, Looking East, Behlehem, NH

In 2001, Friends of The Colonial was formed, with the goal of bringing the theatre into modern times. Since then they have upgraded to a digital projector and amazing sound system, and completed the first stage of significant renovations that will serve the theatre well into the future.

The project is in its final phase, and the theatre is inviting the community to help support the Arts in northern New Hampshire.

The Colonial Theatre is a treasure in northern New Hampshire, a rural area where cultural activities are limited. It’s a meeting place where friends and family can enjoy listening to live music or watching a film in a casual setting.