September 16, 2014
Shop / fashion / Cortland Park, Essex
Cortland Park, Essex
While we were so sad to see Silkworm depart Essex, we were cheered up by Cortland Park, its fresh replacement. Owner Molly Soper knows her way around retail, with three other family-owned locations in this chainlet. But she lives here on the Shoreline, so it made perfect sense to bring her brand of easy outfitting to Main Street. The inventory is built around their own cashmere label, Cortland Park, offering shapes from classic crews to mini dresses and drapey, oversized cardigans. Some of my favorite lines fill in the gaps: tops and dresses by Susana Monaco, C.P. Shades perennially popular tunics and leggings from Annie Griffin, all in all, a perfect assortment for mother/daughter shopping. If you’re in the market for a fall tote, the Annabell Ingall oversized (but lightweight) leather version is a standout. Molly envisions the white-washed shop as a lifestyle destination, offering everything from party dresses to hostess gifts and fresh flowers. Say you saw it on the-e-list and take 20% off one item of Cortland Park cashmere through 9/30.