Celebrity stylist Erin Walsh shares her top five Hampton stores to shop this summer.
From Sarah Jessica Parker to Kerry Washington, one can always count on celebrity stylist Erin Walsh (@erinwalshnyc) to deliver a major red carpet moment. But her oeuvre extends further than just dressing some of the biggest names in the business.
With more than a decade of experience—she landed her first job at Vogue in 2006—Walsh is just as talented at sourcing new sartorial ideas as she is at helping to develop her clients’ everyday styles. Just ask Eva Mendes.
While Walsh’s schedule is full of shoots and fittings, she never lets a summer go by without visiting the Hamptons with her family. Much to her contentment, she says, the area continues to develop a strong fashion footprint. “I think we’ve seen much more of a selection of stores, especially farther out East,” Walsh says. “The pop-up scene has really gotten huge. It’s become extremely important for both emerging designers and those brands who are already out here. They make for great creative collaborations and partnerships.”
Since she grew up in South Florida, dressing for warm weather comes naturally. “Summer is all about easy, breezy dressing and not worrying about layering. It’s a much more relaxed approach to getting dressed because you’re not as worried about what goes with what. It’s less of an equation.”
As for ideas on what to wear out East this summer, Walsh is quick with some great suggestions. “An ideal day and night look is a Caroline Constas dress and Céline espadrille platforms. Also, A La Ligne wide-leg pant and stripe tee, or mixing in Solid & Striped swimwear with cutoffs at the beach makes for a great look,” she says. Another tip she swears by would be considered a classic. “Always bring a man’s white button-down as a cover-up. It always looks chic, even knotted at the waist with a skirt or jeans.”
Tiina the Store: The boutique has such a beautiful, non-Hamptons-specific collection. It’s a great narrowed-down vision of Tina’s aesthetic with a clean palette. It feels cozy and homey. I bought a striped rug and a white straw hat there. Tiina Laakkonen has such great refined and specific taste. 145b Main St., Amagansett, tiinathestore.com
Love Adorned: I bought gorgeous matte black wind chimes there. They have a brilliant home mix, and I love their baskets and little knickknack selection! 156 Main St., Amagansett, loveadorned.com
Whalebone Flagship: It’s a great place to shop around while waiting for your table at the delicious Duryea’s next door, where I have spent my last two birthdays. Get one of their sweatshirts! 65 Tuthill Road, Montauk, shopwhalebone.com
Melet Mercantile: It’s a must. Nobody does merchandising like the store’s owner, Bob Melet, and I love his daughter Sunny’s section in the shop. He is a true dream weaver! 102 Industrial Road, Montauk, meletmercantile.com
Ganeaux: It’s super cute and actually has an adorable children’s selection, for our baby. 167 Main St., Amagansett, ganeaux.com