Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Darien Sport Shop, Darien, Connecticut


The seeming eclecticism of the preppy culture throws a lot of people.  The spectrum includes young and old, sporting and evening events, town and country. 

One store that, perhaps uniquely,  has historically encompassed much of this is the Darien Sport Shop.








The children's section provides appropriately scaled versions.




While the suits and more formal wear are downstairs, the third floor acknowledges the role of the out-of-doors. And you can buy a Thule and have it installed on your car while trying on dress shoes.










14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow I wish we had a shop like this wear I live! It has everything you need in one place apart from LL Bean unless I missed it.

Susan R said...

A couple of questions.....
Did you buy the green or pink vest? I love the pink, but probably would have bought the green because I think pink is over solicited.
As for Vineyard Vines. What is your take on their clothing and their name? If you read about Ian and Shep and how they started out and how far they've come, it's a success story to be sure. However, I don't really like the direction they are moving. I know this topic has been beaten to death, but I feel like VV is going in the direction of L.L. Bean. What say you?

Anonymous said...

While I agree with your take, for those who are interested, Vineyard Vines is having their friends and family sale starting tomorrow 11/10/11. Anyone can receive a 25% discount by entering the code “rabihq”.

Anonymous said...

I have to say, I first started shopping at DSS seven or eight years ago and feel it's gone significantly downhill even since then. The last time I was there, it seemed like they'd reduced their men's casual brands solely to (1) Ralph Lauren (2) Vineyard Vines and (3) horrid Florida-ish golf/resort-wear. (I stopped going, so maybe it's changed back.) There's no need to go to DSS for Ralph Lauren, as he has a great shop in New Canaan. And if one actually likes VV (I certainly don't), it's right down the pike in Westport. I like that they still do ski rentals and the like, but I get the impression that's mainly for appearances.

I now go to Richard's in Greenwich or Mitchell's in Westport for "sportswear" and Outdoor Sports Center in Wilton for sports wear. Great service, an amazing spectrum of brands, and excellent sales. Mitchell's and Richards are perhaps on the ritzy side (i.e., the in-store Hermes boutiques), but they're truly outstanding shops. I can no longer say the same about DSS (but please, correct me if I'm off track).

Greenfield said...

I think I'll be visiting the Darien Sport Shop posthaste! I agree 100% with what you said, Muffy, about VV. Will confess to having bought several pair of MEN'S shorts this past summer since I can wear them with none the wiser. For women they had no Bermudas, and "short-short" on me would not enhance the landscape. Someone needs to tell Ian and Shep that Preppies are not all age 13 and Size 2! Something Lilly could also stand to hear . . .

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing these pictures! I grew up in neighboring Norwalk and enjoyed many trips to the Darien Sport Shop. If I remember correctly, that's where we all got our girl scout uniforms back in the early '90s. It sounds like it's changed a lot, but it's still fun to see the store through the eyes of someone who's tall enough to see over all the counters.

DCG said...

That's so funny, I actually passed that store while en route to performing some Gilbert and Sullivan in Darien and wondered if it carried quality stuff, and now I know! Incidentally there's no entertainment more preppy than Gilbert & Sullivan comic operas, you'll have to come see the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players sing some, if for no other reason than one of the lead tenors (myself) enjoys your blog and would be happy to get you comps!

Grace said...

Looks like a fantastic shop! I'll check it out next time I'm in CT.

Anonymous said...

I remember renting my K2s here when I was a young lad for winters in VT. Great memories!

j.mosby said...

I received the new VV Christmas catalog and wasn't to impressed :-(
They are trending more toward college kids! Most new offerings to young for me! Why is everything half zip sweaters these days?

spudnik99 said...

Hi, in the picture that has you leaning over to look at a Barbour on the lower rack, what brand is that green plaid jacket above you?

Billsburg said...

The DSS is a very nice store and makes me wish we still had those kinds of stores in our area.

A year or so ago, there were several stories about flooding in India and how it would affect the world wide cotton market. (This drives me crazy too...we should be growing a lot more cotton.) Ever since then, a lot of brands (like VV) seem to have gotten away from "all cotton" clothes.

Perhaps we should just accept the fact the days of companies being around for 100 years are over.

Jennifer M said...

My fiance worked for DSS when he was a teenager. Now that we're back in the area, I'm sure I'll be shopping here frequently!

Tickled Pink And Green said...

LOVE that store! Makes my Top 10...along with the very top floor of Bergdorfs....