BOUTIQUE HOPPING AND TRENDY FINDS
Have you ever kicked off your shoes, sat down on the couch, in the sand, on a park bench, or in the grass, to take a moment and reflect on life—to think about your family, your friends, your goals, your accomplishments— everything that might factor into what you want out of your life voyage? More often than not, these moments of reflection spark an urge to “go for it”—to turn any dream, adventure, or idea into a reality because, really, what’s the wait?
Beth Kerner, a creative director from Boston who resides in Scituate with her husband and daughters, had her “go for it” moment just over a year ago, when she decided to work diligently creating her own authentic nautical brand of bracelets and necklaces called Voyage Goods, which launched for retail this summer.
Kerner and her family have been racing sailboats for the past 20 years. Despite the technical skills of sailing, one of the most important lessons she has learned on the water is that the voyage out there is a whole lot like our everyday journey.
“A voyage may be filled with calm seas at times, but occasionally turbulent, stormy waves interrupt us. How we handle our voyage and the obstacles that life throws our way tells of our unique personalities,” says Kerner. In 2006, Kerner’s husband was diagnosed with ALS/Lou Gehrigs disease. Though it was a rough road for the family, it sparked a new sense of life in Kerner, and led her to “just go for it” and enjoy life to its fullest, cherishing every moment with loved ones, while pursuing a new dream to create a high-end sport-casual line of bracelets and necklaces that would represent life’s “voyage.”
Working with riggers and boaters, members of The Guild of Knot Tyers and yacht clubs, fisherman’s wives and banker’s wives, together The Voyage Team has created a collection of USA made jewelry and accessories featuring Couture, Voyage, and Bitter End bracelets. Each fashion a different look boasting premium marine rope manufactured in New England, heading twine (typically used to repair lobster traps), and other unique customized materials like a pewter "V" charm (seen on the Bitter End bracelets), which is cast by a pewter smith on Cape Cod.
To learn more about Voyage Goods, or to purchase a bracelet, necklace or accessory, visit www.voyagegoods.com