Isobel and Cleo on Nantucket
We found the coolest shop and it’s on Nantucket!
Isobel and Cleo takes residence in one of the many upscale shops that dot the harbor in Nantucket when you get off the boat. No visit to Nantucket would not be complete without an enjoyable walk at Straight Warf and old South Warf to visit these colorful ocean shops. The Shop on Nantucket also includes other artists made goods from Nantucket.
Isobel and Cleo design and create the most unique and luxurious knitwear right from their shop and studio on Nantucket. From sweaters to pants, scarfs and other unique items it’s a MUST STOP on your trip to Nantucket. They are at the shop right where you get off the boat in Nantucket from June through mid October and back to their studio at 2 Union Street the rest of the year.
Owner, Charlotte Hess picked up knitting needles at the age of 8. In School she studied a semester abroad in Scotland. Upon her return to the USA she transferred to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she received a BFA in Fine Arts and Fashion. She Interned with Karen Walker and Nom#d in New Zealand and received her Masters Degree from Glasgow School of Art.
Her ESTY Shop led to her starting her own brand, numerous blogs that were written about her fashions led to a grant awarded by the Scottish Arts Council. She was eventually headhunted by the URBN Corporation, parent company to URBAN OUTFITTERS and ANTHROPOLOGIE to design sweaters for their FREE PEOPLE brand.
In March 2011, Charlotte won the Emerging Designers Competition at Charleston Fashion Week. She spends her time in her workroom on Nantucket and the UK. Every piece is designed and handmade on Nantucket Island. When away, Charlotte scours the globe looking for the best materials for her collection and chooses to work with companies that have fair workers rights practices and/or produce sustainable yarns. The brand is sold online and in stores in New Zealand, Scotland, Vermont, and California, Custom Knit garments are also created for private clients. Charlotte’s work has been featured in Lucky Magazine, N Magazine, Nantucket Today, and Nylon and Elle Magazine’s blogs.
Photos By Melissa Tyler