Traveling Trunk Shows: Watch Hill and Nantucket

The Ocean House, Watch Hill, RI

The Ocean House, Watch Hill, RI

Dear Ann,

I’m in Rehoboth Beach now for my annual week of summer vacation with my children.  It is lovely and relaxing with nothing to do but go to the beach and write you!  I’m recovering a bit from my whirlwind fabulous road trip last week to summer trunk shows in Watch Hill, RI and Nantucket.  The places were spectacular with weather to match, lots of fun events and good sales!  I took my highly industrious 14 year old daughter, Ceci, with me to help along the way — an excellent idea as she was indispensable to the entire operation. First stop, Watch Hill, Rhode Island. JULIA FARR boutique was invited to participate in the Summer Boutique at the Ocean House, a newly renovated five star hotel, to benefit the Watch Hill Memorial Library & Improvement Society.  We set up our shops underneath a great tent that overlooked the croquet course and the Atlantic.

The Summer Boutique at the Ocean House, Watch Hill, RI

The Summer Boutique at the Ocean House, Watch Hill, RI

Our shop inside the tent with a great view

Our shop inside the tent with a great view

Our view from our "office"

Our view from our “office”

Joining me in Watch Hill, my sister and chief of Marketing, Mary Joyce, and daughter Ceci, constituted the sales team:

My sister, Mary Joyce, wearing a fabulous design from Amy Matto

My sister, Mary Joyce, wearing a fabulous design from Amy Matto

Dressing Ceci up was fun: A  White + Warren yellow travel wrap with a Nancy Zylstra belt.

Dressing Ceci up was fun: 
White + Warren yellow travel wrap with a Nancy Zylstra belt and Joe’s Jean

We had a great time, sold a lot of Julia Farr Collection – yay! – , and spent time with our lifelong dearest friends who invited us to participate in this over-the-top excellent weekend:

Deirdre Lemp O'Connor and Regina Lemp Livingston, extraordinary co-chairs of the 2013 Summer Boutique at the Ocean House

Deirdre Lemp O’Connor and Regina Lemp Livingston, extraordinary co-chairs of the 2013 Summer Boutique at the Ocean House

And then we put the truck on the ferry full of Julia Farr designs and headed for Nantucket.  It was incredibly beautiful every day with exquisite sunsets on every part of the island.

First Night on Nantucket: Sunset on Madaket with Paige Mackenzie and Ceci

First Night on Nantucket: Sunset on Madaket with Paige and Ceci

Before we set up for our trunk show, our wonderful friend and host on island, Paige McKenzie, organized a morning boat tour for us to see the harbor from another view.

On the water with women of JULIA FARR - Shanlee, Janie, me, Ceci and Paige

On the water with women of JULIA FARR – Shanlee, Janie, me, Ceci and Paige

And then we set up shop for a cocktail party and trunk show.  Friends from DC and new friends from Nantucket stopped by for wine and a little shopping.  We used all our resources — picnic tables and surfboards – to bring our on island boutique to life:

Ceci at our garden point of sales

Ceci at our garden point of sales

A Surf Board to display accessories - Paige's genius idea!

A surfboard to display accessories – Paige’s genius idea!

Our gracious hostess on Nantucket, Paige

Our gracious hostess on Nantucket, Paige

Good friends who stopped by as we started the evening (LtoR, Janie, Heather, Mary Beth, Ana, Paige and me)

Good friends who stopped by as we started the evening (LtoR, Janie, Heather, Mary Beth, Ana, Paige and me)

A reprisal of our Amy Matto Talia Caftan modeled by Shanlee Johnson, Julia Farr boutique manager in DC and Nantucket

A reprisal of our Amy Matto Talia Caftan modeled by Shanlee Johnson, Julia Farr boutique manager in DC and Nantucket

Lots of women stopped by during the evening and the next morning.  Interestingly, we sold more Julia Farr Collection than anything else I brought.  The Potomac Top was a bit hit in both white and black – an essential for every season – as were the DuPont wrap top and the Milano paisley print blouse.  We had the best time seeing Nantucket and celebrating every minute of the beautiful days with great friends.

Ceci at sunset, Galley Beach, Nantucket

Ceci at sunset, Galley Beach, Nantucket

Signing off from another sunny day, this time on the shores of Delaware —

— Julie

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