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So Long Sweatpants. Decor Maine July Issue

“We call them ‘shirts,’ not ‘blouses,’ for a reason,”Jill McGowan says of her timeless, stylish, nearly indestructible women’s apparel. Going by her Exchange Street shop’s longtime success, it seems that hardworking women in Maine and beyond want their garments to put in as much effort as they do daily.   

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Maine Home + Design

Today racks of McGowan’s beloved shirts fill a bright and cozy room in a historic Old Port building. There’s lots of variety even in her trademark white, with cuts from easy to elegant and a globe-spanning range of fabrics: Belgian linen, Italian silk, Swiss cotton, Japanese silk. Jewel tones, neutrals, and stripes diversify the selection, which includes dresses, pants, and jackets as well as shirts. Photo by Christina Week, Maine Home + Design

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Wall Street Journal Insider List

The Fashion Designer, Jill McGowan Owner, Jill McGowan women’s clothing store TAKE A HIKE / Mackworth Island Once owned by Governor Percival Baxter, who donated acres of land to the state, the island is rimmed by a 1¼-trail. BYO BITTE / Schulte & Herr They serve classic German food, like spaetzle with caramelized onion and cheese, a fresh cucumber salad and potato pancakes with lox. Bring your own wine or beer. 349 Cumberland Ave., LITTLE SOMETHINGS / Folly 101 You can find anything: kitchenware, books, gadgets, hats, jewelry, candles and scarfs. The owner has an amazing eye, and her prices are really good. 101 Exchange St., 207-773-5227 THROWBACK THURSDAYS / Top of the East It’s an old-school, get-a-bourbon kind of place at the top of the...

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