Rhody Gem: Goods Made from Yachting Materials As Seen in VOGUE on a Newport Sidestreet

July 2024


Zürner Oceanic

Handmade Bags & Accessories


What it is:

A jaunty shop and studio where durable totes, backpacks, and more are made from reclaimed and vintage yachting materials.


Where to find it:

Using Newport’s Thames Street Post Office as your starting point, head up Franklin Street. The shop is a short walk from downtown parking locations, and free hourly parking is available at the top of Franklin Street and on Spring Street. A flag or two signals you have arrived!   


What makes it a Rhody Gem?

Looking for a durable bag? You can’t do better than a backpack cleverly constructed from heavy-duty sailcloth with rope handles. The business – as seen in the Summer issue of VOGUE – started as the side-hustle of John and Jennifer Zuerner in 2017, and three years later they officially launched their brand and opened the studio and retail space on Franklin Street. “Every piece is one-of-a-kind and handmade on-site,” says Jennie. “We salvage marine-grade rope, hardware, and fabric from yachts around the world and delight in showcasing their unique properties. We take great pride in offering pieces you can’t find anywhere else.” Beyond totes, find modern-day sailor bracelets, keychains, and backgammon boards. “We offer free shipping for purchases over $300 and you can customize any bag with hand-painted monograms, zippers, and vintage patches,” Jennie adds.


Zürner Oceanic

40 Franklin Street Newport






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