August 13, 2012
Celebrity-beloved brand Stubbs & Wootton has recently opened an East Hampton locale after years at its Southampton spot. Known for witty designs and bespoke smoking slippers, Stubbs & Wootton’s proprietor Percy Steinhart decided it was time for a fresh start with access to Amagansett and Montauk.
The new store, which opened last month, has a clean, minimalist aesthetic inspired by the beach with wicker mats and blue seats. The layout showcases the brand’s popular shoes and accessories arrayed upon bright red stands.
As for what fans can expect for the upcoming season, Stubbs & Wootton will be introducing its fall collection in the coming weeks inspired by The Three Musketeers. And for the more political among us, pick up a pair of Republican, Democrat, or "undecided" slippers to show your party-leanings before November ($400). 54 Main St., East Hampton, 283-7332
August 10, 2012
Who says you have to be competing in the Hampton Classic (August 26-September 2) to dress the part? These equestrian-inspired pieces look just as good cheering from the sidelines. We’ve got top picks for both summer and fall.
August 10, 2012
The world's leading performance equestrian brand, Ariat International also debuts a premier collection of handbags this month. With six styles ranging from a classic tote to a fringed hobo, the line pays homage to traditional equestrian gear, including a satchel named after Ariat sponsored competitor, Georgina Bloomberg. “The collection was inspired by turn-of-the-century antique, equestrian horse bridles and saddles,” says designer Sarah Blaustein. New sponsor of the Hampton Classic, Ariat saw the iconic event as a perfect time to launch its newest venture. Visit the Ariat booth on August 26; prices range from $395 to $1,295. Hampton Classic Horse Show, 240 Snake Hollow Road, Bridgehampton
August 09, 2012
Even as someone who has done acupuncture, has consulted with doctors about Chinese Herbs, and regularly practices yoga, I had no idea what to expect when stepping into Shuniya Healing, a zen holistic healing center run by Aaron Teich. Teich, a young svelte yogi who is based in Sag Harbor and teaches weekly Kundalini Yoga classes at Yoga Shanti, recently expanded his practice from Manhattan to Bridgehampton where he regularly treats the likes of Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee, often referred to as the first couple of yoga.
When you walk into to the whitewashed single-room space, expect to be greeted by the sound of soothing music, and Teich’s friendly smile and enviably relaxed demeanor. First sessions typically last 90 minutes and consist of about 30 minutes of in-depth discussion on why you felt compelled to meet with Teich (common reasons range from stress and bloating, to physical injury and infertility). Based on what is discussed, Teich proceeds into a mix of acupuncture and Sat Nam Rasayan, Kundalini Yoga’s meditative healing practice. Unlike most acupuncture sessions where the patient is left alone after the needles are put in place, Sat Nam Rasayan practitioners seek to silently project meditative awareness in order to detect and address clients’ energetic imbalances.
The goal, Teich told me, “is to move the individual into a deeply relaxed place,” adding that “so much of illness is a result of a lack of relaxation; when I get my patients into this deep calm I can help initiate the self-healing process, the goal being to restore physical and emotional equilibrium.” Teich is the first to admit that there is no quick fix solution to the problems that most of his patients come to see him for, so almost every session ends with homework—whether that be taking Chinese herbal medicines, reconfiguring your home environment, or taking yoga classes.
One session may not have cured me of my lifelong battle with stress, but I did leave with a sense of peace and calm…at least until I tripped over an empty stroller waiting in line for my iced coffee.
Shunuya Healing is open every Thursday and Saturday 10 AM-6 PM, and on Fridays 10 AM-3 PM. Teich will continue to practice out of Shuniya Healing’s Manhattan office every Tuesday and Wednesday. Hamptons rates are initially $195 and $155 for follow-up. NYC rates are initially $225 and $185 for follow-up. 2415 Main St., 2nd Fl., 212-203-5425
August 08, 2012
Stephanie Hirsch’s CV runs the gamut—author, artist with exhibitions at Hamptons’ ArtMRKT and in East Hampton’s Clic Gallery, fashion designer—but no matter which of her accomplishments is being lauded, one word describes Hirsch’s work: inspiring. Today, Hirsch’s main focus is art that takes commonplace images and re-imagines them using beads, rhinestones, and embroidery, and mixes them with complementing inspirational quotes, or mantras.
Here, Hirsch shares the inspiration behind a very Hamptons-appropriate piece—a surfboard that seamlessly combines the glittering glamour and sleepy beach feel that defines the Hamptons.
Passion Surf 2012
Beads, Rhinestones, and Embroidery on Surfboard
"The mantra on this body of work is 'Passion is The Fire That Fuels Me.' I chose this mantra along with the lip image, because both the saying and image represent lust, passion and desire. Passion is everything in life—it literally fires up your internal engine and makes life exciting and invigorating.
This holds particularly true in surfing. You have to get in the water, wait patiently for the right wave, and sometimes endure less-than-pleasant conditions—but once you catch that wave, a fire ignites inside of you and the passionate love affair begins."