Summer Essentials: Your Guide to Martha's Vineyard Must-Haves

Summer Essentials: Your Guide to Martha's Vineyard Must-Haves

There’s nothing quite like Martha’s Vineyard in the summer! Whether it’s a weekend adventure, a season-long stay or just a day off in between working two jobs––let out a (mask-free) sigh and savor it. 

Some of us were born with beach feet, for others it’s time to break them in along the shores of Lucy Vincent or on Dutcher Dock with an ice cream from The Galley.  Maybe you’ve been cooped up and can’t wait for a night out at the Ritz or a Saturday stroll through the West Tisbury Farmer’s Market. Perhaps you’re coming back to Mom & Dad’s, shacking up with roommates whom you’ve never even met, spending time in your seasonal house or maybe Martha’s Vineyard has always been home. Whatever your circumstances are, and desires might be, one thing is certain: it’s summertime and living is oh, so easy…

Most Martha’s Vineyard makers have been hard at work all winter, reveling in their creative talents to bring you the best locally made products. 

At Martha’s Vineyard Made, we couldn’t be more excited for this season! Together as a team (all locals!), we’ve created a Summer Essentials list––everything you need for a summer on an island in the sun! 

***Please note that some products are not available at MVM, but made or designed and exclusively sold on Martha’s Vineyard. In addition, our list goes in no particular order! 

 1. Cut Paper Island Tote 

Everyone needs an all-purpose tote! The Cut Paper Island tote is the perfect grab & go size. Stash your beach snacks and books, Farmer’s Market goodies, groceries and more! It can be easily washed and reused all summer long! 

Available online and in-store at Martha’s Vineyard Made!

2. Austin Designs Zip Pouch

Stay organized with an Austin Designs Zip Pouch! It’s the perfect size for sunscreen, lip balms, lotions, potions and your small summer essentials. Each one is handmade by Rachel in her West Tisbury studio and available in different prints/patterns. 


Available online and in-store at Martha’s Vineyard Made!

3. Amy Nevin Ceramics Starfish Platter 

Serve up your summer specialties on a handmade platter! Whether it’s coming fresh from the garden or right off the grill, the Starfish Serving Platter made by Amy Nevin is perfect! It features a gorgeous ocean-inspired glaze embellished with starfish. 

Available online and in-store at Martha’s Vineyard Made!

4. Cut Paper Island Towels 

Complete your kitchen (or beach day picnic) with a handmade flour sack towel. Each one has an original Martha's Vineyard-inspired design. They’re the perfect reusable, washable hand towel! Made locally by Robin. Shop the entire collection on our website

Available online and in-store at Martha’s Vineyard Made!

5. RoySwim Bathing Suit 

A must-have summer staple. Liane Fitzgerald of RoySwim designs and hand-makes the most comfortable and versatile swimsuits you’ll find! Each one is made with love in her Island studio and available in a variety of prints, patterns, styles and colors. 

You can find RoySwim at the Chilmark Flea Market and online.


6. Bluewave Beauty Products

We love each and every Bluewave Beauty product so much that it was hard to choose just one! Handmade in Edgartown by Gwyneth Wallace, each BWB product features island-inspired natural ingredients. Our favorites for this summer are the MV Sea Salt Hair Spray and the Everyday Nourishing Lotion. Let your beach locks flow with the sea salt hair spray; it adds texture and moisture while giving you that lived-in beach look that every Island girl wants! Leave your skin feeling hydrated with the everyday nourishing lotion

Both items are available online and in-store at Martha’s Vineyard Made!

7. Madkel Designs Shirt 

For the long summer nights there’s the Madkel Designs up-cycled shirts. Everyone knows a good flannel is an Island necessity! Lucy Cox gives each one a contemporary twist by embellishing it with a beautiful Martha’s Vineyard patch and more. 

Available in different colors, styles and sizes. Shop for yours online and in-store at Martha’s Vineyard Made!

8.  Chilmark Coffee 

Put a pep in your summertime step with Chilmark Coffee! Locally roasted in small batches, we believe it to be some of the best. Start your morning with a fresh cup (maybe in a SRS Grunden Mug!?) or enjoy it on the go! Your summer won’t be the same without it. 


Available online, in-store in Vineyard Haven at Martha's Vineyard Made in a variety of flavors/roasts. 

 9. Kenworthy Fisherwoman Sweater 


Kenworthy’s fisherwoman sweater is a modern twist on a vintage Portuguese fisherman sweater. Made with 100% organic Pima cotton. Designed on island and made by women in Peru using fair trade principals. We picture you wearing this while eating a sunset lobster roll from Larsen’s in Menemsha! 


Find yours online or in-store at Kenworthy in Edgartown. 

10.  Clammer Creations Jewelry

Handmade by Sherri Church using gorgeous locally sourced Quahog shells, Clammer Creations is the jewelry that any Islander should have. Whether it’s for men or women, earrings, necklaces, bracelets and more––there’s something for everyone. Each item is handcrafted with love. 


Available on our website and in-store in Vineyard Haven at Martha's Vineyard Made.


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