by Pamela Liou
When homeward-bound couple and former record executives Jessica Jenkins and Andy West set up shop in their native Kennebunkport, Maine, they brought back NYCâs high-end design sensibility and blended it with their love of nature and travel. The open white interior of the shop is accented by warm wooden beams and the railings leading into the back of the store line up exactly with a trompe lâoeil footbridge in a floor-to-ceiling photograph of the nearby Rachel Carson preserve, giving the illusion of standing in the middle of the woods.
While they carry a few design giants like Normann Copenhagen, West and Jenkins embrace independent designers from Brooklyn, Manhattan and Maine. Some showcased items include Emily Sugihara's Baggu, a line of re-useable grocery bags that fold to pocketsize, Nikki McClureâs painstakingly intricate paper cuts, and Maine-based Insect Labs' antique gear-fitted beetles and cicadas. Also check out home goods from Angela Adams, Sweet Bella Bird Calls, Orla Kiely, Birds by Toikka, and Deadly Squire. Aside from providing high-end gifts and travel gear, Daytrip Society supports the eco-conscious community by collaborating with local Conservation Trusts and providing a platform for discussion about nature walks and yes, day trips.
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