Shopping in Westport, Connecticut
August 11, 2022
National brands dominate downtown Westport, but a boutique shopping district rewards those who walk across the river.
Text by Lynda Simonton
Mar Silver is well-known for her innate style and instinct for all things chic, so design lovers enthusiastically welcomed the reopening of her atelier. The bright-and-airy gallery-like space features thoughtfully displayed furniture and art set against brilliant white walls. Offerings include a mix of pieces designed by Silver, vintage finds, and unique objects collected by the designer on her world travels. Works by Alex Katz, Paul Manes, and Alex Silver currently hang on the walls.
14 Post Road West, marsilverdesign.com
Destination Haus is the new kid on the block, and its wanderlust-meets-coastal vibe brings a breath of fresh air to Westport’s shopping scene. Laureen Vellante and her daughters Kendra and Carlyn founded the original Destination Haus in Montauk, New York, six years ago; the Connecticut location opened in April. Pop into the shop for Italian dip-dyed candles, Moroccan glassware, or sustainably harvested olive-wood-and-horn salad servers. Art is always a draw here, and a rotating collection keeps it fresh. Need help selecting something special? The team at Destination Haus happily consults on home styling and provides art advisory services.
56 Riverside Avenue, destinationhaus.com
For the past twenty-four years, L’Antiquaire has been the cornerstone of Westport’s iconic National Hall Historic District. Proprietor Christine Savignol has turned a passion for extraordinary things into a thriving business serving homeowners and designers in Fairfield County and across the country. While the furnishings and decorative pieces span various styles and provenances— modern Murano glass vases, Biedermeier chests, and French art deco club chairs, to name a few—Savignol’s keen ability to find the truly special and unique is the unifying theme.
18 Post Road West, lantiquaire.net
West Out East
Architect West Chin brings his forward-thinking minimalist style to the suburbs with this Westport outpost. The 1,200-square-foot showroom packs a punch with modernist stalwarts like Flos lighting, Paola Lenti, and Secto Design. There is a surprising variety of product offerings, including indoor and outdoor furniture, lighting, kitchenware, and sleek closet system. No doubt the sophisticated design cocktail will quench the area’s increasing thirst for contemporary and transitional looks.
9 Riverside Avenue, westouteast.com