BIJOU WEAR: NEWPORT HARBOR

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SPECS

  • 315 GSM
  • Width – 27 in.
  • Tapers – 6 in.
  • Blend – Cotton
  • Care – wash on delicate,cold water, low speed, spin or air dry
  • Price – $130(s2) – $195(s8)
  • Tester used was a s5

OF NOTE – Newport “Harbor” ships prewashed/finished  NOT in loom state!!
Released December 9, 2015; Jamie Gassmann of Bijou Wear has given us a most stunning nautical wrap!
Made of an Ecru cotton warp which provides a beautiful backdrop for the 45% mercerized cotton blue weft, this wrap is beyond gorgeous and quite the showstopper with its vibrant colorway and varying sizes of sailboats.

 

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As Jamie has stated “Bijou HQ moved to Rhode Island late summer last year, to the town of Newport. The harbor here, is sailings elegant version of a parking lot; bustling with activity. I know sailboats will be icons of our time living here and I wanted to continue in the same spirit of WINDMILLS, capturing icons that make people feel connected to place, people, or other times in their lives. So its Newport Shoreline and Newport Harbor, named after Newport, Rhode Island.”

Not only does Jamie want to help people feel connected to her and places they think fondly of but she is also dedicated to actually helping people with her strong connection to The Carrying On Project. Which she donates carriers and portions of sales to help promote the bond between returning military service personnel and their families.

Newport “Harbor” is a made-in-the-USA jaquard fabric, meaning the design is incorporated into the weave of the fabric instead of being printed or dyed on. This means that the beautiful sailboats are just slightly raised helping give the fabric a nice tactile difference.
The reason this particular wrap comes ready-to-wear is the use of mercerized cotton. This treatment of the cotton results into a more porous fiber as well as increasing its moisture wicking properties.
With mercerized cotton it has been known to shrink the length or width of your wrap, however it is not a permanent shrinking and can be remedied with a good steam iron to relax and re-soften those fibers.

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HOW “HARBOR” TESTED…..

When I first saw this wrap being worn by LaKeta from TandemTrouble I was floored by the beauty of it. I am a spouse of a USNavy serviceman and I love all things nautical, granted I dont actually know how to sail, however the colors are really what blew me away. I knew I had to get my hands on this, and aren’t I so lucky that shortly after “ooohing” and “aaahing” and all sorts of fangirling on every picture and post; LaKeta said this would become a traveling tester!!!!!

When I finally opened NEWPORT “HARBOR” it really was love at first touch! I immediately grabbed jamie (my son, not to be confused with Jamie the owner) for a Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC).

This is by far one of my favorite carries and jamie now recognizes it from its pre-tied passes that he is about to go uppies; so even if he isn’t in the mood to be worn its a quick up and down carry for us.
I have to say immediately I noticed a nice weight to “Harbor”, not too light but not really heavy. Tightening the passes felt really smooth and because of the jaquared nature of the wrap, once my pass was in place it gripped quite nicely.

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This wrap was extremely supportive not only to myself; hugging not digging into my waist or shoulders but also to my wiggly worm of a toddler. Even on my worst wrap job he wasn’t going anywhere even after popping his seat, and that is saying a lot because with 27 inches of width to this wrap its almost impossible to not get a nice deep seat!

Because I have a serial seat popper we don’t do any ruck carries or single pass back carries, that being said using the carries we did, I had no shoulder pain. Pleating on the shoulders always came out nice and there truly was never a point where I felt I was being pinched in, even on our one shoulder carry.

Since this wrap is also made of cotton there was enough breathability to keep us cool, yet comfy in the brisk cool January morning air of California all the way to the warm sunny afternoon.
For me, this wrap really molded well to mine and my sons bodies. It was all around super comfortable whether we had two passes or three!

I would recommend NEWPORT “HARBOR” for any age category but I feel this wrap really shines around the toddler phase. It really made my 27 lb. son feel weightless in almost every carry, it was so supportive!!

As you can see by this image of us at Mt.Laguna wrapping while in snow jackets, you might think would be a slippery nightmare! But it really wasn’t too bad and i honestly feel it is because I had NEWPORT “HARBOR”, each pass really stayed in place and getting the wrap through the rings was in a word ‘simple’.

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You can see my son had shimmied a little extra arm room but the only time jamie was mildly calm was while he was in that carry!! It was a beautiful wrap that truly was breathtaking against the snowy mountain backdrop!!

I am so thankful to have had the oppurtunity to host such amazing craftsmanship from Bijou Wear and an eye-catching creation from Jamie Gassmann!!

 

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