North Sails, a world wide leader in sail making who already calls Newport home of their world headquarters, will open its second US retail location in the heart of Newport at 172 Thames Street (formerly A Christmas To Remember and Potter & Co.) on Monday, October 17th.

The new location in Newport joins Annapolis in offering the brands signature outerwear, waterproof bags, pants, sweaters, hybrid jackets, beanies and scarves in a brick-and-mortar retail store.
Before opening these retail stores, North Sails men’s and women’s gear and apparel that is “engineered for sailing and modern life” has been only available to purchase through their (somewhat) recently launched webstore.

North Sails was founded in 1957 by Lowell North an American sailor and Olympic Gold Medalist. North was an engineer methodically focused on building sails that were faster than the competitions. Year after year, Lowell North and his team pioneered new innovative technologies that conquered wind and water, and won races.

According to North Sails website, “Lowell North’s spirit lives on in North Sails clothing. North Sails is at the intersection of innovation, technology, and design, creating garments that perform with confidence in extreme conditions, but look great no matter the conditions. Extremely functional but beautiful, our collections are designed with a clean aesthetic yet are never over-designed. With a full range of clothing, the cornerstone of their brand is technical sailing jackets and coats which are engineered for winning with details like body mapped ergonomic fits for freedom of movement; lightweight, breathable, waterproof fabrics; and durable, reinforced construction.”

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Ryan Belmore has been the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp since 2012. He also currently works for Mountain News, where he serves as Senior Editor - North America for OnTheSnow. He previously worked for the New England Patriots and American Cancer Society. He currently serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).