Among the Cape’s creative entrepreneurs are a group of apparel and accessories makers who are helping to shift our visual language bringing a new, fresh look to Cape Cod souvenirs and swag.
Vinnie Arnone, the illustrator behind Cabo Cado (as well as our Shop Local infographic and the LoveLiveLocal logo) is a Cataumet native who has designed for major international brands as well as local businesses. He draws on a blend of his travel experiences and iconic images like vintage Cape tea cloths to create souvenir items like totes, postcards, koozies and tee shirts, filling a void he noticed in quality, American-made souvenirs. His map-based images have a clear retro feel, made current by modern reference points for various beloved parts of the Cape.
No matter where Nate Robinson’s travels have taken him, his hometown of Bourne has his heart. Inspired by the “villages, necks, islands, and other nooks and crannies that make (Bourne) so unique,” Nate created a typography map of the Cape’s most undervalued town and gave his friends and family sweatshirts bearing the image. Broader demand quickly followed, and now those who share Nate’s pride in his town can find the cozy sweatshirts on his website, Bourne Local.
Rope bracelets are a Cape Cod standard, but Patrick Clark of Cape Clasp has found a way to make an impact with that simple accessory. Hand tied with cast clasps in the shape of the Cape, whales, hooks and sharks, a percentage of profits go to organizations like the Cape Cod National Seashore and the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy. With his brand, Patrick hopes to inspire people to explore the Cape and to educate them on conservation efforts.
Like Vinnie, Dennis native Sean Fitzgerald noticed a gap in Cape Cod souvenirs that he or his friends would wear, so he decide to create some – and to use the opportunity to make a difference in the community. Cape Cloth was the result, a line of “hats that give back” – $1 per purchase goes to local non-profit Cape Abilities, a natural fit given their long-term interest in empowering people with disabilities to live meaningful, active lives.
We are excited to see more good things from Vinnie, Nate, Patrick and Sean, and hope to see you representing the Cape with their gear!