Restored by Design is a Retail Studio, now located in Newport, in the heart of downtown. It is an inspiring presentation of handmade, local made (on the premises) eco chic jewelry, apparel, accessories and collected rare finds! Feminine, Boho Chic with a romantic twist and modern edge. All to celebrate the art of creating by hand!
We love to create, and love to collect! The beauty in our past becomes the inspiration to transform, repurpose, reclaim and reinvent the old into stylish new pieces to love once again.
We have raw materials for your DIY creations as well, from vintage lace, ribbons, collected notions, fabric fragments, buttons, beads, and more!
Visit Us // Winter Hours
8 Franklin Street
Newport, RI 02804
Allow me to introduce myself, Martha Jackson, founder and primary fashion designer of Restored By Design. I am passionate about ethical fashion. Creating is a valuable and integral part of my life. This is a dream come true business pursuing joy and following my heart! I aspire to be a multi-faceted designer, remaining inspired and inspiring others. Having a healthy mind, body and spirit, is fundamental, that I may follow my passions for creating with color, textures, patterns, a touch of vintage lace, with a love for beauty, honoring the past. Nature, in particular, flowers, are constant inspirations to my collections. It's important to me, in a small way, to contribute to saving the world!
Sue Gower from Nifty Thrifty Dry Goods
Sue believes in doing and achieving great things!
And she has been doing just that with Nifty Thrifty Dry Goods. Her love in her work and her passion for sewing shows in her inspiring array of sewing notions, vintage lace and colored ribbons, vintage buttons, special one of a kind fabric swatches, and more rare finds! They are all beautifully displayed, like a museum of wonder!
She has developed her distinct style, which some people have said is as recognizable as Coco Chanel, with a unique attention to detail. "Passion for me goes beyond...it's not just about business or the money..." and you can see this in her amazing collection.
Born and raised in Rhode Island, she started by collecting buttons over 38 years ago in her small apartment, loving all things small and thus creating magical and precious packages following her inspiration! She has been a highly notable button dealer, studied color theory at RISD, been published in many magazines and books, especially 'The Big Book of Buttons', and has travelled all across the country selling her wares.
She has now settled in to Restored by Design as being her exclusive distributor! She is a must see and a must shop for any creative endeavors you may have!
Millissa is the newest member to join the Restored by Design team. With her she brings her experience and love in finding and altering repurposed goods to make one of a kind masterpieces. Millissa's fondess of making something new out of old is what drives her passion every day. Millissa also has her own monthly DIY column in the online publication of Rhode Island Creative Magazine. Millissa is also an avid supporter of several local non-profit foundations, wanting to share happiness through art and upcycling.
Restored by Design is proud of its partnership with successful Boston artist, Rimma Zaika-Veksler. Rimma is a master craftswoman and artist who creates hand-made, intricately knitted and crocheted, completely original clothes and jewelry. Rimma's pieces bring you through periods of history, almost telling a story in how they were redesigned to be loved once again. Rimma works mostly with yarns, fur, and recycled material using techniques such as knitting, crocheting, and embroidery to bring her unique designs to life. Named one of Boston's 100 most interesting women, Rimma shares with the world exactly what makes her so interesting through her work.
Cheryl has been with the company since its inception, bringing her own artistic flair to flowers (see her epoxy-resin flowers in many of the pieces on the site). Born and raised in Rhode Island, she grew up living and breathing through all aspects of jewelry manufacturing, finding her creative love in epoxy painting. She now transforms nature's beautiful flower blossoms into magnificent works of art, including decorative bowls, platters, ornaments, and beads. She has a discriminating eye for restoring even the smallest piece! Martha and Cheryl have collaborated to create numerous pieces – please note when shopping!
Reed McLaren is a RI-based visual artist, curator, harpist and vocalist. Her long-standing passion for natural materials, eye for detail and craftsmanship has lead to share her most recent artistic exploration, THE HOUSE OF AMA, a curated collection of garments and accessories made of only the most exquisite fibers and materials. Driving in search of this collection I carefully select, restore, and refresh-each pearl captured and polished to become a luxury found in the next wardrobe. Beautiful and resilient I know that these pearls of my wardrobe will remain in impeccable shape year after year.
Jo-Anna Cassino is the owner of Flipp Salon - Apothecary. She is a herbalist, hair and makeup artist, licensed cosmetologist [since 1985] and musician. She studied and practiced in Italy for 16 years, coming back the US 11 years ago. Jo-Anna is very passionate about all I do and consider myself to be an artist bringing all of my creativity together in one studio, Flipp, now 5 1/2 years young. She formulates all of her own skin care, using natural herbs, some which she grow myself, that Jo-Anna uses and sells at Flipp.
She is excited to team up with Martha and Restored by Design to create a signature tea blend for her, and add Jo-Anna's natural skin care collection. Martha and Jo-Anna share the same passion and vision, believing that beauty begins from within, you don’t have to subscribe to a toxic environment or use toxic substances in your beauty or fashion regiment.
Teresa Dubeau is an admitted "dabbler," who enjoys learning and appreciates the beauty and complexities of every form of self-expression. She derives great joy from hand-made, one-of-a-kind, artisan work that is both functional and aesthetically beautiful (i.e. she's used the same hand-made, wicker woven laundry basket for nearly 30 years!) With the creation of Ragz, she is able to tap into her love of color, texture, natural fibers, and her in-born need for "making cool and useful stuff.
Kate has been enjoying her time behind the lens for about 15 years. She has a unique eye for the beauty in nature!
After receiving the People’s Choice Award at Chabot Fine Art Gallery in June 2010, she decided to expand her photo greeting card business. They are now sold in 15 locations in RI.
Kate has exhibited her photography internationally and has had work published in over 20 magazines all over the world. She also loves to donate her works locally and plans on continuing to give back.
Classically trained jeweler, Kol loves to play with color and is known for her unique color palette explorations along with material mixes. Long time resident of Bristol, RI, she works out of her studio by the sea incorporating gemstones, semi precious beads, gold plated sterling silver, delicious textile combinations of print and pattern and more.
I am French and have had the good fortune of growing up simultaneously in two very different cultures – Occidental and Oriental – a real blessing since each prizes art and artisanal works in its own way, and both shaped the swirling currents of my life at an early age.
As a child, I was fascinated by my grandmother Halima’s steamer trunks that held silk dresses of a thousand bright colors, and veils with embroidery that shown like a hundred lights! Embroidered linens, silk shawls, velvet housecoats and organdy shirts. Opening them was a magical ceremony that I cherished. And with my young eyes I imagined the most wonderful stories of beautiful princesses prancing about in dresses of a thousand lights, eating delicacies and listening to enchanting music.
Cushioned in those magical moments I began to learn techniques and skills, first with the women of the family and much later, in French schools and ateliers in the beaux arts traditions. And to this day I continue to learn and refine my embroidering, sewing, knitting, crocheting and designs.
I learned millinery and fashion design (Modist) in Les Ateliers d'Art Roanne (Lyon); artificial flowers and plumasserie (feathers) at the Lycée Octave Feuillet (Paris); the art of fine embroidery I perfected at the Maison Lesage (Paris).
I taught fashion design and the métier of couturier in Marseille for many years, and before that embroidery at the French Consulate in Algiers. I now devote myself to my passion – creating unique and beautiful articles, in a spirit of excellence, for exceptional people.