I first stumbled upon Curated in June after stopping by Coastal Roasters next door. I fell in love with the little waterfront shop and took home a gemstone ring by Harmony Winters that I now wear everyday. Jen Field, the co-owner, was so welcoming and helpful that I knew the shop was sure to be an Ocean State favorite.
Curated has been open since May of this year, and is run by longtime friends Jen Field and Jen Sunderland. They met at The Landing in Newport 20 years ago and immediately hit it off, bonding over collecting vintage clothing. Field is a talented seamstress and Sunderland is a self-described “paper manipulator,” and together they combined their creative powers to open a unique shop showcasing local talent.
The shop features about 80% Rhode Island artists that Field and Sunderland know personally and aim to do right by. “We want our place to be one that is a good representation to the artist. We don’t like to be called a gift shop. We don’t like to be called a gallery. This is just a comfortable place to get some really cool things,” says Sunderland. “We wanted to develop something that was very unpretentious that offered fine art, so anybody could feel comfortable walking in,” adds Field.
Field’s own line, Fruition, uses only vintage and recycled materials, and is popular at Curated. “It’s very eco-friendly,” says Field. “I try to go zero waste – 95% of it is recycled.” That’s something I can get behind, so I bought one of her large everyday tote bags for $42 and I love it.
Curated is constantly getting cool new items, and hosts about two events a month, so swing by, say hi to the Jens, and check out the local talent.
1793 Main Road