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Sunday, September 19, 2021

Kildare Country Boots from Dubarry of Ireland

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Made in Guernsey from Le Tricoteur

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Dear Editor,

I’m wondering if you can post a community question asking about the hobbies enjoyed by those in the SWNE community?

Thank you! 


Winter Coat Ideas for Women?


Years ago I was an avid follower of The Daily Prep and was thrilled to come across Salt Water New England the other day. I was hoping you and your readers might help me with my hunt for a warm winter coat/parka as my previous took quite a beating from a very naughty Old English Sheepdog puppy last winter. As an owner of several Barbour coats, I just don't find them warm enough for freezing winter mornings walking the dog and would welcome any and all suggestions! 

Thank you again.

Best regards.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Woollen Socks from Arthur Beale

Photos by Salt Water New England


Light Jacket Weather

Photos by Salt Water New England

From Cordings of Piccadilly, Made in England:


Photo by My Father

Photo by My Father


Tuesday, September 14, 2021

A Reader Comment: Which Cars, Makes and Models

 A comment left on the last post:

I notice the different cars on your blog and thought I'd offer my own opinions on makes and models of cars through the years that have been exemplars of the "salt water New England" style:

1955-1972 Chevy Suburban

replaced by Jeep SJ

1950-1978 Ford Country Squire

smaller, sportier station wagons available from Mercedes and Volvo

1941-1977 Chrysler Town and Country

became cheaply built and later, a minivan. Also, see Country Squire

1963-1991 Jeep SJ

discontinued; many in this market went to the XJ

1983-2001 Jeep XJ

Last of Jeep’s versatile, rugged SUVs

1969-1994 Range Rover

unreliable and became vulgar status symbols

1980-2021 Toyota Land Cruiser

discontinued in USA

1966-present Volvo wagon

1975-present Mercedes wagon

1994-present Subaru Outback

1997-present Subaru Forester

Honorable mentions because they have very specific use and not versatile:

1948-2016 Land Rover 90


1959-2011 Lincoln Town Car

discontinued; replaced by Suburban and Yukon XLT

2007-present Chevy Suburban

2007-present GMC Yukon XLT

Town Car, Suburban, and Yukon XLT only acceptable if in black with simple trim and only if chauffeured

These vehicles are always in style and get better with age (except the black car service models) provided they are simple, at lower trim levels, broken in, owned outright from new, and without vanity plates and other decorations. Other makes and models are acceptable, but depend on context. Audis and Bimmers for example can be in keeping with the “salt water New England aesthetic” but can also be tacky.

And an addendum: 

I posted that comment and I'd like to add an addendum:

Possible classics in the salt water New England style:

1999-2007 VW Jetta diesel wagon

replaced by Golf wagon; VW diesels discontinued in USA

2008-2020 VW Golf wagon

discontinued in USA. Especially impressive if manual

1989-present Mazda Miata

fun, sporty in tradition of English sports cars-but reliable!

1989-present Toyota 4Runner

great replacement for Jeep XJ

1995-present Lexus LX

older ones are looking good. Replacement for discontinued Land Cruiser?

2002-present Volvo SUV

versatile, sporty Volvos. Nuff said

2019-present Kia Telluride

many of my friends who previously drove classic models now drive these

2020-present Land Rover Defender

too modern looking and unreliable to replace the old 90s with their traditional market?

2022-present Jeep Wagoneer

is Jeep finally getting back on track?

Around Town This Week


Sunday, September 12, 2021

New - The Lotuff Journal, Made in New England

Photo by Salt Water New England
Shown with:

Bosie Shetland Pre-Order Shadecard Service is Now Available - Made in Scotland

Men's Shetland Photos by Salt Water New England
A Navy Shetland is a Core Item  It is comfortable and versatile.  And Bosie sets the standard.  

What to get after two Navy Shetlands varies a bit.  For colors, Heather is great to wear with tattersalls.  Grey is almost as versatile as Navy (Medium Gray shown).  I am always fond of a good Pink (Carnation shown).  For styles, the  Blue Mogganer is a wonderfully thick yet surprisingly lightweight garment, and you will hunt for yours on cold winter days over most other things.   

And Bosie is again offering their Shadecard Service.  Pre-order now until October 31st for delivery in Mid November.  Choose your own color for Bosie's fabulously soft Shetland sweaters in seamless crew necks for Men and Women, and other styles. 

This is a wonderful value for wonderful garments.  All made in the North East of Scotland.

Shown here:

Crew Neck Women's Seamless Harley of Scotland ® Shetland:

Crew Neck Men's Seamless Harley of Scotland ® Saddle Shoulder Shetland:

Polo Neck Men's Harley of Scotland ® Seamless Saddle Shoulder Shetland:

Blue Mogganer ® 4 Ply North Sea Seamless Shetland:

Blue Mogganer ® Great Bear Shaggy Seamless Shetland:

Shown with: 

Men's Shetland

Women's Shetland

Men's Blue Mogganer 4-Ply

Men's Blue Mogganer 4-Ply

Men's Blue Mogganer 4-Ply

Men's Shetland

Men's Shetland

Women's Sheltand


Brooks Brothers Classic, Vintage Bomber Jacket with Flattering Fit and Signature Lining *Cough*

A Reader sent this in:

Muffy, I saw this and thought of two recent SWNE conversations, including the search for an alternative to the G9.    Not the Brooks Brothers some of us remember!

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Remembering 911...

Photo by Salt Water New England
On the ferry - the view of lower Manhattan returning from Governors Island, early 1990s.

Remembering those we lost and those who responded....

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Blending In

Photos by Salt Water New England
Dressing to blend in seems to be more instinctive in some people.  There is that desire to match the warp and weft of the terrain, which can guide one away from standing out even without realizing it consciously.


Wednesday, September 8, 2021

USA Today: 11 charming New England coastal towns

A reader sent in this list from yesterday's USA Today on 11 charming New England coastal towns.

  • Bar Harbor, Maine
  • Camden, Maine
  • Kennebunkport, Maine
  • Rye, New Hampshire
  • Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • Newburyport, Massachusetts
  • Chatham, Massachusetts
  • Newport, Rhode Island
  • Narragansett, Rhode Island

  • Mystic, Connecticut
  • Madison, Connecticut

If you could add one town and take one away, which would you do?


Guernsey Arrival from Le Tricoteur, Made in Guernsey

Photo by Salt Water New England

Along with the classic colors of Navy, Aran, and Light Grey,  I am leaning into Burnt Orange this season.  

Monday, September 6, 2021

How Do Devold of Norway's Classic Birdseye Fisherman Sweaters Compare to L. L. Bean’s?

Photo by Salt Water New England
A thick and hearty Devold Nordsjø classic birdseye sweater in Off White, from Arthur Beale.  Pure Norwegian Wool.

 A Reader Question:

Dear Muffy, 

I was curious if your readers had any experience with Devold Sweaters?  One would think that L.L. Bean had invented the Norwegian Birdseye Sweater, but there appears to be several others that had come before them.  I have been hearing a lot about Devold, based in Norway, and specifically that the quality is much higher.  I have been less than thrilled with the Bean version.  Any thoughts?


Sunday, September 5, 2021

Around Town

Photos by Salt Water New England


Thursday, September 2, 2021

The Chepstow Loden Field Coat, Made in England, from Cordings of Piccadilly

Photo by Salt Water New England
The Chepstow from Cordings is pretty much ideal for readers of this site who need a great coat.  The construction makes you feel like you are wearing a BMW.  Despite the "Field" in the title, these garments are perfect for everything from business casual trips to outdoor gatherings.

As with all good clothes, the cut is comfortable, and the collar is flattering.    The number of details, such as handwarmers and well situated pockets, is the result of a mature design process.  

While similar to some of the other fabulous Made in England Field Coats from Cordings, the Chepstow does not have the knit cuffs or extra warm collar of some of the others.  It looks and feels slightly more sociable as a result.   It is still, of course, both warm and breathable.  

The Chepstow is one of the easiest garments to recommend.  The bigger challenge, however, is to know which fabric to suggest.   If you lean more towards the streets of Stockholm, perhaps the fabulous Navy Keepers Tweed will be more to your liking.   

If you prefer Vienna, then the Loden, shown here, may be a perfect fit.   The Loden itself is superb.  It is Teflon coated Austrian Loden, 80% Wool with 20% Alpaca to soften it.  The fabric has depth and perhaps a bit more gravitas.

The Chepstow Loden Field Coat from Cordings of Piccadilly - Made in England:

And for a short time, to celebrate their new web site and slightly lower shipping fee to the US, they are offering 20% off your next Cordings purchase with code WELCOME at checkout.  

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

The Very Handy Poacher's, er, Game Pocket

Photo by Salt Water New England

 The Poacher's Pocket - Very handy for collecting the mail in the rain...

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

In Season

Photo by Salt Water New England
Shown with:

Men's Light Jacket But Not the Short Harrington/Baracuta/G9


A reader question:

I am a long time reader of Salt Water New England and come back every day for my needed fix.  Here is a question and I would value any advice from your knowing readers.  

I am apparently one of the few people who can't stand the look of the Baracuta style jacket (aka G9, aka Harrington, aka Golf Jacket).  To my eyes they always look to short and seldom flatter the shape of the people who flock to them.  What is a good alternative?   I value a high quality cotton shell without any coating/waxing, with a tasteful lining.  Thank you!


Monday, August 30, 2021

Le Creuset and Fish Eye Pudding

Photos by Salt Water New England

One of my husband's late grandmother's Le Creuset pans.


Sunday, August 29, 2021

Weekend Work

Photo by Salt Water New England
Designing characters for a simulation we are making for a rush client...