Forty years ago, Vicki Lynn Bardon, a Nova Scotia designer, returned home to Mahone Bay from New York after studying design and working for American Home magazine. She and her husband Gary helped initiate the international revival of quilt making by founding Suttles & Seawinds to provide employment for rural woman. Initially the products were quilts and related home decor items such as placemats, runners, pillows, etc., but gradually a line of clothing was created using techniques such as piecing, appliqué and quilting.
Many articles appeared nationally and in the international press as Suttles & Seawinds quilts and clothing were promoted in art galleries and seen in prestigious stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales, and many fine stores across Canada. “Suttles" - a local word for scraps of fabrics traditionally used to make quilts, and "Seawinds" reflecting the intimate link between generations of Nova Scotians and the sea, became the company name honouring the use of the traditional skills to make exquisite products, and exporting these two places afar.
Suttles and Seawinds has proven how a smart, savvy, curated fashion destination can become a legend in itself. From locations in New York to Niagara and designing for Fashion Week and treasured Princess Diana - Vicki, a world-renowned designer, has created a special place where her vision has come to life.
For over 40 years the store has evolved into the destination still visited by people all over the world. The selection is a variety of on-trend fashion, jewellery and accessories while still offering curated fashions from around the globe.
New items arrive daily and Vicki and her knowledgeable staff await your next visit!