|Photos by my father|
Note, December 7, 2013: I have quite a few older entries that need to have pictures re-uploaded at a larger size, additional pictures added, links changes, and other refreshing. My goal is to clean and bump to the top of the stack one entry each week.
I believe the experiences around "summering in Maine" historically have been as influential and beneficial to the classic New England aesthetic as boarding schools and top colleges. This includes the palette, natural beauty, architecture, love of the out-of-doors, respect for work, need for ruggedness, coastal activities, and eschewing of fussiness.
I hope any vendor trying to capture this traditional style would not trawl malls and resorts. The goal should be to move away from consumers, as described amusingly in 2008's The Anglo Files by Sarah Lyall (Amazon link), who:
Are gaudy and tacky but who revel in their gaudy tackiness.... who like flashy jewelry and expensive, over-the-top, logo-studded designer clothes,... go on outrageous spending sprees,... exhibit inappropriate public displays of affection,... and often appear [drinking].Rather, vendors may better spend more time along traditional Maine venues. Here are some examples from my archives.
|My father's favorite piece of the coast, and down the hill from where his ashes were later spread.|
|The above pictures were taken by my father, shown here attempting to out-run the rain on Orange Street in New Haven in his J. Press khaki suit.|