For as long as David Norton can remember, he’s loved sailing. His family would take their Pearson 36 Orion sailboat to Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Block Island, and beyond. A staple of the experience was always donning an old school turks head bracelet, also known as a knot bracelet. “The cotton ones that shrink to your wrist, they get funky by the end of summer… but that was the whole point,” David chuckles. However, as an adult, David thought there’s got to be a better – and cleaner way – to wear one’s passion for sailing and summertime. Brainstorming over Dark ‘n’ Stormy cocktails in the cockpit of his boat, a concept for marine-grade knotted bracelets was hatched. “Where better to drum up salty creativity than in your favorite harbor, drinking your favorite drink,” says David, who uttered “Lemon & Line” for a company name, and it stuck. Nearly a decade since debuting their version of the classic square knot, the range has expanded to include belts, dog leashes, and more. Bracelets and accessories are constructed from seaworthy materials like recycled plastic, with features like stainless steel hardware that won’t rust, corrode, or fade, making products suited for both land and sea. Products are handcrafted in Newport and available around the state.
1. Turks Head: Ocean, $35
2. Watch Hill Anchor Bangle, $38
3. Clean Ocean, $25
Barrington Books, 184 County Road, Barrington
Lemon & Line Flagship, 421 Thames Street, Newport
Newport Shipyard, 1 Washington Street, Newport