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Stories from Mayflower Inn and Spa

Stories from Mayflower Inn and Spa

Do Whimsical Jewelry Designer Of Rare Origin Escapes to the Countryside

Mother-Daughter Owned Jewelry Designer Of Rare Origin kicked off the first-ever Friends of Mayflower event in the countryside over Mother’s Day Weekend. Friends of Mayflower is a curated series of residences, events and experiences with tastemakers in culinary, design, fashion, wellness and the arts designed to enrich the lives of our guests and community at Mayflower Inn & Spa.


Of Rare Origin, founded by Mother-Daughter Trio Octavia, Thea and Leslie, approaches jewelry as wearable poetry, fusing creative curiosity, resourcefulness, and international heritage into their hand-crafted designs.


While living together during quarantine (as a family and a business), Of Rare Origin transformed a used landscape trailer into a fantastical environment to create their traveling “truck” show featuring unique pieces handmade with precious and semi-precious materials. The festive truck, which is part boutique, part boudoir, and part bar, made the journey to Litchfield, CT to delight guests and local families as it’s first stop in the North East.


“Like Of Rare Origin, this is a destination that offers a sense of discovery. From the moment you turn in, the Auberge team delivers an unforgettable experience full of joy, color, and fantasy. They make you feel extra special, just like when you wear our earrings! The spirit here is strong, and you will leave with forever memories,” Of Rare Origin recounts of their time in the countryside.


Throughout the weekend, visitors explored Of Rare Origin designs while enjoying the reimagined property unveiled by Kemble Interiors and spending time with family during the Mother’s Day celebrations. The Mayflower Inn & Spa expert beverage team dreamed up a bespoke cocktail, Rose of May, which was served throughout the weekend.


On Saturday afternoon, Mother-Daughter Duo Candice Bergen, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-Winning Actress, and Vogue Contributor Chloe Malle joined the event for an afternoon of whimsy in the Parlour. Candice Bergen painted hand-made one-of-a-kind baskets for guests and the proceeds were donated to local partner Friends in Service of Humanity (FISH) of Connecticut whose mission is to meet the most basic of human needs – food, shelter and hope.


Local New England artists Perrin Ireland and Janie Kinane, who specialize in watercolor, and collage artist Isabel Bacon set up shop in the reimagined Mayflower Lobby as they crafted hand-made postcards for guests to take home.


As the clouds parted to sunshine on Sunday, guests enjoyed the Of Rare Origin traveling truck placed in front of the Shakespeare Garden as they sipped on bespoke spring cocktails and selected hand-made boutiques full of flowers inspired by those that grow on property.Stories from Mayflower Inn and Spa