July 18, 2012
Rebecca Minkoff with son Luca.
When you’re an acclaimed fashion designer like Rebecca Minkoff with a new pop-up at Solé East, it naturally follows that you’ve got the scoop on the best Hamptons beauty spots. Between the new boutique out East, helming an eponymous New York-based lifestyle/fashion brand, and hanging with her son Luca and actor/director husband Gavin Bellour, here’s where Minkoff catches her well-deserved beauty breaks:
When I’m not in New York City and visiting the famed Drybar, I love to go to Warren Tricomi (64 Park Place, East Hampton, 324-3036) for the perfect beachy summer blowout. I always ask for a summer wave, and I finish the style with my secret trick of water and salt in a spray bottle when I get home. It adds the perfect beach texture to any head of hair.
If I don’t have time for a mani/pedi during the week, I head to E Day Spa and Salon (154 W. Montauk Hwy # 1, Hampton Bays, 723-3200). My color of choice is usually Essie’s Clambake and I recommend getting an extra five-minute foot massage
If you haven’t changed your perfume over from winter yet, stop by Calypso St. Barth (99 The Plaza, Montauk, 668-4999) for some amazing summer scents. My personal favorite is the Bellini.
Rebecca Minkoff Pop-up at Solé East, 90 Second House Road, Montauk, 668-2105. See more on the Rebecca Minkoff at Solé East pop-up here>
July 17, 2012
"Whether you own a shack by the sea, are an esteemed visitor in someone's guest house, or got a share with 50 of your closest friends, this is all you need for a weekend in the Hamptons."
—STEPHANIE NEWHOUSE FOR HAVE TO HAVE
July 16, 2012
With an East Hampton Blue & Cream (60 The Circle, East Hampton, 329-1392) already in existence, opening up a second shop in the same hamlet seems surprising, but Blue & Cream’s Main Street store proves it can hold its own. Attributes like a “department store” aesthetic, a more accessible location, and a Havaianas shop-in-shop make this second installment well worth a stop. After hosting the launch of the Havaianas shop-in-shop at Blue & Cream this past weekend, I chatted with B&C founder, and my friend since high school, Jeff Goldstein about his brand-new venture.
Why East Hampton and why was it the right time to open up this location?
JEFF GOLDSTEIN: After last summer's hurricane, we were the first store to re-open. For the first time in our nine-year history we met a lot of seasonal visitors who had been turned out of their huge rental homes due to a loss in electricity. For us, this highlighted the fact that the Hamptons, and East Hampton in particular, has become an increasingly global destination for #superluxe families. A Main Street location in East Hampton allows us to introduce our brand to visitors, who may have trouble finding our original location.
The Make Your Own Havaianas shop is a big draw. What attracted you to this partnership in general, and, specifically, the event I hosted?
JG: Havaianas is perfect for kids, women, men, and everyone in the Hamptons. The MYOH component is the type of customization and unique experience we like to promote in our stores. The event this weekend was just a fun way of showcasing the various facets of our new "department store" on Main Street, display cases for everyone to look through, and a fun post-beach event to link up with friends.
Any other collaborations on the horizon?
JG: We will feature Nicholas Kirkwood at our Main Street store for the month of August. We are excited to host a big summer sale and showcase new Fall styles; his designs are truly art.
What are your summer favorites sold at the East Hampton shop?
JG: We love IRO for bright and fun colorful leather jackets, Torn for easy day-to-night beach essentials, and Charlotte Ronson's playful and feminine dresses.
Any East Hampton favorites near the new location?
JG: We are ecstatic that the mozzarella guy Pasquale [Langella] has re-opened Red Horse Market (74 Montauk Hwy., East Hampton, 324-9500) as his own. A favorite of mine since childhood, the Red Horse Market is the place to go for iced coffees, barbecue essentials and, of course, the fresh mozz! He is continuing the real owner/operator approach that we love and always want to be a part of in the Hamptons.
July 16, 2012
Sprouting on the retail scene as a scout for fresh young designers, it’s no surprise that Steven Alan has ripened his eponymous brand into an international presence. With a command for taking well-known American classics and weaving in his modernistic style, Steven Alan lets us in on why his summer collection is Hamptons apropos. 75 Main St., East Hampton, 604-1726
In your opinion, what specifically about your collection appeals to those who frequent the Hamptons?
STEVEN ALAN: So many stores opening up now are big chains. Our customer really appreciates that we are small and carry many local brands in addition to our own products.
What new-arrival items do you have that are perfect for those Hamptons summer days?
SA: Our beach blankets, La Botte Gardiane sandals, our shirtdresses and short-sleeved shirts, Lemlem scarves, and the Morris Kitchen ginger syrup.
Have the Hamptons inspired any piece or pieces in particular?
SA: No, not really a piece. But on a broader scope, the Hamptons and the North Fork have had an overall influence on the collection.
What are some summer trends that we can look for in your new arrivals?
SA: Lighter weight fabrication in our shirts and dresses—we’re doing a special wash on our silk pieces—and we have great hats this season, which have been doing very well.
When you’re not visiting your store, what is your favorite Hamptons spot?
SA: My friend’s house on the beach.
July 13, 2012
For over 80 years, Parisian luxury brand Lafont has been creating one-of-a-kind eyewear, originally offering spectacles made of genuine horn, precious metal, and tortoiseshell. Known for their fashionable vintage styles, Lafont has made its way out East, selling their sophisticated styles at Main Street Optics.
Appropriately titled "Hampton" ($390), these handmade frames mix refined French elegance with a contemporary East End twist. The tortoiseshell pattern, along with a ‘50s-inspired frame makes these lightweight shades the ultimate shield against those bright summer rays. 82 Main St., Southampton, 287-7898