Vineyard Vines is a clothing design, manufacture and retail company founded in Martha's Vineyard in 1998. The company is owned and operated by brothers Shep and Ian Murray, who left the corporate world to start their preppy-themed line of men's, women's and children's attire. The clothes range from casual to semi-casual, and all of them exude a relaxed, summertime feel, and are perfect clothing for beachfront barbecues, seaside shopping excursions or sunny day boating jaunts.
For the male shopper, there are a wide variety of button-down and polo shirts, sweaters, blazers, pants and shorts, boxer briefs, swim trunks, flip flops, belts and ties. The least expensive men's items at Vineyard Vines are the 100% cotton men's boxers, all of which feature an elastic waistband and various patterns with sports or tropical themes, priced at $25. The most expensive men's wear garment is the 100% wool, two button blue blazer with a full lining, chest-pocket and back center vent, priced at $500. In between are items such as the 100% cotton button down Murray shirts, available in short or long sleeves and ranging in price from $70 to $100, and cotton chino pants in a variety of muted colors ranging in price from $60 to $90.
There is also a section of the Vineyard Vines website devoted entirely to the various styles of tie they sell. Long ties with printed patterns in a sports or nautical theme can be had for $75, as can more formal looking, striped, woven silk ties costing $85 each. Sports or nautical-themed bow ties are also available for $45, as are matching bow tie and cummerbund sets for $110. Boys can also find patterned long ties and bow ties in this section of the online store ranging from $45 to $50.
Men's accessories include Whale logo and Vineyard Vines logo hats ($20-$28), leather bifold wallets at $125, and black cotton-blend socks priced at $16.
Women shopping for Vineyard Vines clothing can also expect to find many shirts, sweaters, polos, pants and jackets to choose from, along with the addition of swimsuits and casual dresses, all hewing closely to the Vineyard Vines preppy style. At the low end of the price range are the cotton-blend coconut tank tees and crewneck poolside pocket tees for $27. Mid-range women's items at Vineyard Vines include the long-sleeve beaded or embroidered tunic tops priced between $70 and $120, and the cotton/spandex blend capris which are available in black, white, khaki and pink and cost between $55 and $120. At the high end of the price range is the Riviera Dress, a halter top garment with an elegant ocean-themed embroidery, center back zipper and beaded halter tie ends, priced at $200.
Women's accessories include decorative linen scarves in solid colors, stripes and embroidered patterns priced at $45, wide-brimmed floppy hats priced at $70, and patterned silk-twill belts from $30 to $40.
Vineyard Vines sells all of the same types of garments and fashion accessories for the young preppy boy or girl. boys can choose from a variety of check, plaid or gingham-patterned long sleeve button down shirts, most of which feature a small whale embroidered on the chest and which cost between $28 and $45. Boys can also try out the club shorts or front-pocketed canteen shorts, ranging from $35 to $75, or the V-neck cotton sweater in light green with an embroidered whale on the chest, priced at $55.
For girls, dresses range from the striped cotton/spandex Kiddie Camp Dress at $35 to the sleeveless, white silk Flower Girl Dress priced at $100. There are also tunic tops for girls ($28-$60), patchwork and ruffled skirts ($30-$70), and a knee-length Tortuga Trench coat in pink for $80.
Boys' and girl's accessories include boys' hats with an embroidered whale logo for $20 and the hand crocheted sun hat with a large pink whale pattern for girls, priced at $17.
Vineyard Vines clothing can be purchased online from the official Vineyard Vines website, or from any of their 18 retail outlets located in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Virginia, Tennessee, Florida, California and North Carolina. Free catalogs are also available, by request. Gift cards are also available if you're buying for someone else, and aren't quite sure what they'd pick out for themself.