Photography: Kyle Norton
above: Vanessa Lewis, Owner and Founder of Penfield Collective
Vanessa Lewis was inspired to open the Penfield Collective after working as a merchant in the fashion industry for more than a decade and being unimpressed with many products she saw.
“I noticed that the market was saturated with just bad fits and fabrics and bad quality,” Lewis says. “So I really wanted to create a concept where Penfield Collective would tell its audience and its customers each season the must-have styles in each category.”
Penfield Collective opened its doors in Westport in March but previously operated out of Fairfield for about five years.
Beyond high-quality, curated selections, Penfield Collective is also known for its denim collection. “We very much curate the denim each season for exactly what the customer would want and need and their wardrobe,” Lewis says.
Lewis selects top items from sought-after labels that offer high-quality pieces produced in more sustainable ways such as Anine Bing, Suzie Kondi, Mother Denim, AGOLDE, 9Seed, Mikoh, Jennifer Fisher, Krewe and Janessa Leone.
“We love our labels,” Lewis says. In addition, Penfield Collective supports a variety of charities including Near & Far Aid, Norma Pfriem Breast Center, Breast Cancer Alliance, United Way, and Red Cross Disaster Relief.
The shop also recently started featuring jewelry from Stoned Jewelry Concierge, a personalized company owned by Westport friends Sandra Rose and Michelle Pollack.
“We really loved the store, it has a casual and unique vibe,” Rose says, with regard to partnering with Penfield Collective. “We’re super thankful to Vanessa and flattered that she and her team see something valuable in our collection, and agree with us that it’s a great partnership.”
15 Myrtle Ave. (#10 Sconset Square), Westport
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Sun. noon-5:00 p.m.