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Our New Concept Shop

Darby Scott Opens New Concept Store in North Andover Dec. 3

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In an old mill building on High Street, the local designer
brings her flair and craftsmanship to a new store full of unique clothing,
gifts, and home goods.

When North Andover-based designer Darby Scott was living and
working in Manhattan during the ‘90s and early 2000s, she traveled frequently
to Italy for business. It was there, in countryside towns on the outskirts of
Milan, that she discovered the lifestyle she wanted. 

Factories or studios were often very close, if not next door, to
people’s homes. “I would see the kids get off the bus and come into the studio
where we were working with their parents and give them kisses, and they would
go to the house right next door and grandma would be cooking dinner,” says
Scott, “and I thought, this quality of life is so wonderful.”

When Scott moved to the North Shore after many years of living in
New York, she found this type of life in the Andovers, where she could send her
kids off to school in Andover and then head over to her North Andover studio
with her dog. The quick fifteen-minute commute beats years of Manhattan’s

And now that studio space, located in an old industrial textile
mill with soaring thirty-foot ceilings, is becoming a concept store called
Darby Scott, carrying exclusive Darby Scott designs like clothing, handbags,
jewelry, accessories, and travel goods, and men’s leather goods along with home
goods, gifts, and apothecary products, just in time for the holiday season.

Hand Blown Glassware designed by Darby Scott in collaboration with Cleod Glassworks
Ceramic serve ware in ebony with dappled colored dots

The shop opens this Saturday, December 3, and will operate from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and
Fridays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays
throughout the month, along with Monday and Tuesday on the week before Christmas
for last-minute shoppers. All other weeks, Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays are
by appointment only. About 85% of the shop’s selection of highly curated goods are Darby Scott designs that can’t be found anywhere else—many new items aren’t
even on her website.

Scott emphasizes the originality of every piece you’ll find in her
store. Between clothing, handbags, men’s leather goods, jewelry, glassware,
blankets, pillows, engagement gifts, cosmetics, barware, apothecary, and art,
“we really feel like we have something for everyone,” says Scott. “We want it
to be exciting when you walk through the doors, to look like nothing you’ve
ever seen.”

The store is a haven for unique holiday presents, from hostess
gifts to stocking stuffers. The products come in a wide range of prices, so
there’s something for every budget. And while the items feel festive, says
Scott, they’re still seasonless. “I really believe in gifting someone something
that’s of high quality and that they’ll cherish for many years to come.”