A Newport Summer


An intimate love letter to summertime in Newport from photographer Nick Mele, the ‘modern-day Slim Aarons’, and interior designer Ruthie Sommers


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Newport, Rhode Island, is one of the last bastions of American high society. The grand Gilded Age houses that top its oceanside cliffs and line storied Bellevue Avenue are largely untouched by contemporary renovation and taste, and family heirlooms are passed down from generation to generation with Yankee thrift. Indeed, Newport has an understated elegance that sets it apart from other resort towns. Life behind the facades of these elaborate mansions is rarely revealed, but now, photographer Nick Mele and author Ruthie Sommers, both lifelong Newport residents, share their entrée into the parties, lawn tennis matches, beach clambakes, and family gatherings that make up the glorious days of a Newport summer.

Picture the foggy mornings of June, the traditional yacht races of July, the annual meeting of old friends at Marble House in August, and the melancholy close of the season after Labor Day. Through Sommers’s personal, evocative text and Mele’s exquisite photographs of people, parties, beaches, and houses, the intimate charms of A Newport Summer come poignantly to life.

Additional information

Weight 1848 g
Dimensions 26.5 x 34.1 cm
Publisher name The Vendome Press
Publication date 12 May 2022
Number of pages 208
Format Hardback
Contributors Photographs by Nick Mele, Text by Ruthie Summers
Dimensions 26.5 x 34.1 cm
Weight 1848 g


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Nick Mele is a lifestyle, fashion, commercial, and interiors photographer who Veranda magazine called 'a modern-day Slim Aarons'. His work has been featured in many print and online publications, including Town & Country, the New York Times, Avenue, Quest, Architectural Digest, Vogue, and Vanity Fair. Among his commercial clients are Ralph Lauren, Sam Edelman, J. McLaughlin, and Lilly Pulitzer. He grew up in Edith Wharton's Newport house and divides his time between Newport in summer and Palm Beach in winter.

Ruthie Sommers is an interior designer and painter. Her work has appeared in Town & Country, Veranda, House Beautiful, Architectural Digest, and many other publications. She splits her time between Aspen, Colorado; Goleta, California; and Newport, where she spends every summer.