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Murray’s Toggery Shop - Nantucket, MA

Heading to Nantucket this summer?

You must visit the Home of the ubiquitous Nantucket Red pants and shorts; the quintessential New England shop – Murray’s Toggery.

The store was purchased by Philip Murray in 1945, and by the early 1950’s, his son Philip C. Murray had returned from Virginia to resume island life and take over the business. It was in the 1960’s that Philip C. Murray introduced the now iconic Nantucket Reds. They were pants were made of a red canvas fabric meant to fade over time, resembling the color of the sails that dotted the coast of Brittany, France.

At the top of Main Street in Nantucket, Massachusetts, sits this veritable retail legend. Originally known as the island’s main supplier of the essentials, Murray’s was always a source for footwear, waders, hunting clothes and foul weather gear. Over the years, however, it has grown to be known as Nantucket’s department store, a reliable stop for just about anything that one might need. However, what has really put this little family owned store on the map, so to speak, is what is affectionately known as the Nantucket Reds, Murray’s exclusive line of clothing that is recognized world-wide as a connection to this little island off the coast of Massachusetts. 

Today, the tradition of a friendly and family experience is carried on by Philip’s two children, John and Trish. As this year marks the store’s seventy-fourth year in business, they dedicate themselves to maintaining the atmosphere that their father created.

Visit their website:

Located in: Nantucket Downtown Historic District

Address: 62 Main St, Nantucket, MA 02554

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