First things first: I’m not–and never have been–a preppy person. I favored ripped vintage jeans and worn-in cowboy boots as a teenager, wrote my college thesis about New York punk in the ’70s, and never really got into Gossip Girl.
And yet, having grown up on the East Coast, spent family vacations in spots like Montauk, Cape Cod, and Nantucket, and attended a sleepaway camp in Maine for six years straight, I’m partial to certain symbols of old school New England. Think the Boat and Tote–of which I own more than I’d ever admit to–or seersucker pants.
But few can compete with the lobster. Even in silhouette form, the crimson crustacean could practically be the East Coast’s logo on a flag; to me, it is summer captured in a hard shell. And while the bib is an accessory in its own right, this Tatty Devine necklace will help me usher in the summer season even if the only island I make it to is Manhattan. Pick up your own right here–claw crackers definitely not required. –REBECCA WILLA DAVIS