For accessories designer Carolyn Rowan, summer is best spent outdoors in this season's hottest athleisure wear.
Designer Carolyn Rowan.
When Carolyn Rowan isn’t designing pieces for her eponymous line of cold-weather vests, shrugs, and outerwear in luxe fabrics like cashmere and leather with Swarovski crystals, she’s keeping active in the Hamptons. “The rest of the year, you’re cooped up,” says Rowan, who, with her husband, Marc, and their children, splits her time between Manhattan and Southampton. “I kayak out here; I play golf two to three times a week. Anything you can do to be outdoors—but covered up—is ideal!”
Xanadu is a go-to for low-key pieces to wear around town.
To “cover up,” Rowan heads to Bandier (44 Main St., Southampton, 488-4304) for sneakers and “flexible” activewear, and Letarte (60 Jobs Lane, Southampton, 204- 5777) for rashguards to kayak in. “They do cute peace sign ones,” she says.
When Rowan isn’t getting her burn on with trainer and friend Ed Cashin (truthtraining.com), she’s ordering a cappuccino at Sant Ambroeus (20 Main St. Southampton, 283-1233) in low key pieces from Zimmerman (27 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, 604-6291) and Xanadu (76 Main St., Sag Harbor, 808-3147).
Rowan likes Arbor for relaxing dinners.
When the sun goes down, Rowan favors T-shirt dresses from James Perse (56 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, 907-9270) and “simple, sexy, and cute” Ramy Brook tops from Kyle By Alene Too (5 Main St., Southampton, 353-3174) for relaxing dinners at Arbor (240 Fort Pond Road, Montauk, 238-5430). “Hamptons is an escape. It’s the place where my blood pressure comes down and I breathe.”