Portland, Maine is the birthplace and home of South Street Linen. We do, however, have another place that is almost as special to us: beautiful Vinalhaven Island. Twelve miles off the coast, it’s the state’s largest off-shore community. It’s famous, of course, for its stunning natural beauty and is also home to one of the world’s largest lobster fishing fleets. The year-round population is about 1,200 people, and they are joined by visitors from around the world in the summer months.
Lynn spends a good deal of time here in the summer, drawing inspiration for both her art and for South Street’s new designs.
We also have important partnerships here as well. Chris Clarke is the director and master printer of the Engine House Press, who prints all of our scarves. Artists from around the country come to Maine to work with Chris, who helps teach and assist artists in their own print making.
Phineas Fogge is a gorgeous shop in the heart of Main Street owned by Barbara Mintz and Marjorie Rosenberg. Their South Street Linen “pop up shop” was so successful that they decided to keep it going. They carry a wide selection of South Street Linen, along with a trove of other great items.
Green Granite Goat Milk Soap is the reason our Portland shop smells so heavenly. Alpine dairy goats graze on the wild Vinalhaven grasses and enjoy the sunshine and salt air. Everything at Green Granite is done by hand, from tending and milking the goats, to growing and drying the herbs, to cutting and labeling the soaps with handmade labels.
Best from Maine,
Lynn, Mary Ruth and Jane