Meet the Designer: Elyse Maguire

Summer is all about having fun in the sun and making the most out of the gorgeous weather, like spending days at the beach. For easy beach fashion, we are loving the Wellfleet Collection from the luxury beach lifestyle brand Elyse Maguire. Featuring a fresh take to beach style with pieces inspired by the natural landscape and simple beauty of life on the coast, she launched her beach inspired collection last year which now includes home fragrances, candles, and summer scarfs. Designed in her seaside studio, her scarves and candles feature bright tones of blue and yellow that will instantly brighten up your day. Read on to learn more about Elyse and this fun collection:

Elyse Maguire Working

How did you get into knitting?

When I was a student at Parsons School of Design, I first experienced the art of hand knitting. I fell in love with the symbolism and meaning behind stitches and knots. The process is like story telling, you can combine stitches, textures and colors to create a completely unique meaning each time.

What inspires you about the beach and natural landscapes?

On the coast, it’s much easier to connect with life’s simple luxuries – like spending the afternoon counting waves instead of counting likes and e-mails on your phone. Being near the water is a mental refuge where I can clear my mind, and feel thankful for all the little things.

Elyse Maguire Summer Scarf Tell us more about the summer collection.

The Wellfleet Collection is inspired by stories of my first trip to my favorite beach in Cape Cod, not far from my studio. When I close my eyes, I can see the bright blue of the sky, white clouds right out of a painting and gorgeous windswept textures in the sand dunes. I translated all those textures and feelings into the collection.

What are some hostess gift ideas from your line?

Our best seller has been the pima cotton Little Knotty Scarf in Dune. The Roundabout Beach towels have been a hit for bridesmaid and wedding party gifts, and our Fog soy candle is the perfect way to capture the serenity of the beach at home.

The line is available in Amagansett at Destination Haus (, 303 Main St.) and online at