History Of Vineyard Vines

Vineyard Vines is an American clothing and accessory retailer founded in 1998 near Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, by brothers Shep and Ian Murray. The Murray brothers grew up in Connecticut and spent their summers on Martha's Vineyard. The brothers originally held jobs in New York City, but soon grew tired of the corporate lifestyle. Ian claims the duo “started making neckties so the brothers didn’t have to wear them.” The brothers sold their neckties during summer weekends on Martha's Vineyard, selling from their boat or Jeep rather than a storefront. Initially, they offered four different styles of ties. When they sold 800 ties on a single weekend in July, Shep and Ian decided to quit their jobs to focus on the business. The Murray brothers claim that the business was founded through a philosophy of "living the good life." The company's startup capital was raised from the brothers' accrued credit card debt; Vineyard Vines still is owned outright by the two Murray brothers.

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The brand markets high end ties, hats, belts, shirts, shorts, bags for men, women, and children.