This past summer the lovely ladies at the angela adams showroom in Portland (a regular stop for me) introduced me to The ROPES jewelry. They had a few of the bracelets in the showroom and I was immediately drawn to the colors and how they embodied so much of the Maine coast in such a symbol design, and without being trendy or overtly preppy. The designer, Shana Aldrich, is a Mainer born and bred and makes her jewelry collection out of marine tope and hardware pieces. Aldrich graduated from RISD and began a career as an apparel designer in NYC and Boston before returning back to her home state. Spending time back home on the water with her young son inspired her to start designing The ROPES pieces. The results are jewelry with the perfect balance of contemporary pieces and traditional with a twist. I picked up a navy bracelet with pink and blaze orange at the aa showroom. I wore it every day during the summer and received countless compliments on it. I’m looking forward to warmer weather when my wrist will reappear from bulky sweaters and I’ll be able to flaunt it once more.
Click on the image to be led to the product pages. Shops sourced are Angela Adams, Anthropologie, Blackbird, Wisteria, Swans Island, Ten Thousand Villages.
One of the things I look forward to most when visiting my boyfriend’s family in Boothbay, ME are the angela adams rugs that cover the wooden floors of their old sea captain’s house. His mother has been collecting angela adams rugs for years and walking through their gorgeous home you can’t help but stop and take a moment to wiggle your toes in the soft patches of hand tufted wool. Their organic swirls and geometric shapes create the most beautiful landscapes reminiscent of the rugged Maine coast and its rich woodlands.
On a recent trip to Portland, I had the opportunity to stop by angela adams on Congress Street. Nanette Tanner (the company’s brilliant Public Relations Manager) gave me a tour of the showroom and chatted with me about the fall collection and their stunning couture line, which literally took my breath away with its effervescent designs and colors. The photos barely give these works of art justice.
Angela Adams and her furniture designer husband Sherwood Hamill started angela adams in 1998. Since then they have been busy creating contemporary furniture and home goods with a distinct Maine aesthetic and perspective. Adams’ island upbringing is a great inspiration for her, recognizable in the natural textures, colors and patterns that appear throughout her designs. The company continues to grow at an exciting pace with a recent collaboration with J.Crew and fellow Maine company Sea Bags and a collection for Anthropologie. They have also launched their upholstered furniture collection; a beautiful selection of couches and chairs with Adam’s signature bold patterns.
If you are looking to start your own angela adams collection, I highly recommend that you make the trip to the showroom. The pieces come alive when you see them in person and you will receive the best attention and assistance from the angela adams team.
My special thanks to Nan and Lilly for helping me during my visit!
If you are a resident of Maine, or New England for that matter, you have heard of Angela Adams. This designer’s bold graphic patterns and vibrant colors have put her home accessories on the interior design map . . . and onto our couches and into our cupboards. Since opening her design house with her husband (a furniture designer and fellow native Mainer) in 1998, Adams has grown into an internationally known figure in contemporary design. Her latest work is an exciting collaboration with not just one, but two, influential brands. J.Crew has launched a small collection of handbags constructed by Sea Bags (another Maine based company) and designed by Angela Adams, all priced at $198. Crafted out of recycled sails and inspired by the bold colors of the buoys along the rugged coast, these bags are beautiful representations of Maine’s nautical culture and are the perfect summer bag to take you from your land to sea activities and back again.