Shopping in Nantucket: Historic District

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The island is immune to chain stores and neon lights.

MURRAY’S TOGGERY SHOP

Whether you’re enjoying pianoside cocktails at the Club Car or homemade ice cream at the Juice Bar, the unifying sartorial principle on this ever-charming Massachusetts island is pink pants—affectionately, Nantucket Reds. And the only place to get them is at this 70-year-old family-run shop. 62 Main St., 508-228-0437; nantucketreds.com.

GYPSY

This 19th-century house offers New England high fashion: nautical striped tops, linen canvas totes, strappy sandals from labels like Alaïa, Balenciaga, and Lanvin. 20 Federal St., 508-228-4404; gypsyusa.com.

PETER BEATON

Hidden in a small courtyard off Federal Street, the Peter Beaton hat studio is the millinery outpost of Darcy Creech, who has crafted fedoras and fascinators for TV hosts and first ladies. Her signature collection, made from finely braided leghorn straw, is an islander’s staple. 16 Federal St., 508-228-8456; peterbeaton.com.

FREEDMAN’S OF NANTUCKET

An inveterate traveler who’s circled the globe over 70 times, Don Freedman landed in a small fishing shack 36 years ago and opened a home-goods store. The gallery-meets-shop has since expanded and is packed with magnified clocks, exotic camel-bone and fine wood bowls, and even more curious finds. 14 Centre St., 508-228-3291.


Courtesy Flowers on Chestnut

BLOOMS TO GO

Hydrangeas are (practically) Nantucket’s official island flower, and Flowers on Chestnut is where to buy the finest fresh-cut hostess gift. 1 Chestnut St., 508-228-6007; flowersonchestnut.com.