THREAD OF INSPIRATION

Cartolina sets a new standard for Nantucket fashion.

Female fashion has always been the source of a great debate on Nantucket. Can you wear stilettos on cobblestones? Does a beach cover-up fly at the Galley? Are cable-knit sweaters in or out? Beyond Nantucket Reds, few clothing lines have established themselves as Nantucket-centric attire. Then along came Cartolina.

Founded by Margaret Anne Nolen, Cartolina—which means “postcard” in Italian—is a stylish love letter to the island. Her clothing line excludes the spirit of Nantucket without falling into the tired tropes of monogrammed whales and preppy lighthouses. “It’s inspired by travel, life adventures and making memories,” says Nolen. “Cartolina offers something to wear on an adventure far away or right nearby. Something you can wear for a dinner with friends or a walk along the beach.”

While Nolen sowed the brand with her island-minded ethos, the line itself was brought to life by star designer Zoë Rosenberg. After studying art at Parsons Paris and earning a degree in fashion from Parsons New York, Rosenberg went on to design for a slew of top brands, grabbing headlines in Vogue, Women’s Wear Daily and Philadelphia Magazine, the latter of which named her one of the “Young Designers to Watch.”

With Cartolina, Rosenberg has created a line that can be as fun and carefree as a beach day and as chic and sophisticated as a night on the town. The designs are meant to champion the women who wear them, “making them feel bright, sunny and beautiful from the inside out,” Nolen says.

And this isn’t just lip service. As part of the company’s deep commitment to the Nantucket community, Cartolina donates 10 percent of its proceeds to Fairwinds–Nantucket’s Counseling Center, which provides crucial mental health treatment on the island.

So now instead of riffling haphazardly through your closet trying to throw together the perfect Nantucket outfits, simply explore Cartolina’s newest collection at cartolinanantucket.com. Like the postcard you keep to remember a place you love, Cartolina is sure to always keep you connected to Nantucket no matter where you are.

Explore the Cartolina collection at Centre Pointe located at 22 Centre Street or log on to cartolinanantucket.com and follow @cartolinanantucket.

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