July 18, 2017
By Tim Latterner | July 1, 2017 | Culture
Want to infuse your Instagram feed with the spirit of the Hamptons? These five must-follow accounts will keep you scrolling all summer long.
Among the scores of fine-art accounts on Instagram, TheseFineWalls displays some of the area’s best art, but it also provides context, showing the surrounding gallery and visitors admiring the work. Gallery owner Lisa Eryn Silverman sometimes appears in the photos as well, as she provides her followers with not only hundreds of beautiful, evocative images, but also a taste of the Hamptons’ rich cultural life.
What she covers: “Art and interiors.”
Her social media reach: 15,600 followers.
Most memorable moment: “The opening of our pop-up gallery exhibition this spring in Chelsea. The gallery was packed—with both art and people—and everyone was beaming and buzzing.”
What inspires her: “Fashion, travel, creativity, new perspectives.”
Most frequent comment: “Love!”
Must-snap places: “The interiors of my collectors’ homes!”
Favorite local hangouts: “Wölffer, Sagg Main Beach, Bobby Van’s, my backyard.”
Place that inspires her most: “The beach!”
In three endlessly scrolling columns, interior designer Athena Calderone documents the best design, décor, and dining in the world. Her compelling use of negative space allows Calderone to showcase architecture, interiors, and plates of food with stunning clarity and precision.
What she covers: “Food, interiors, entertaining— capturing any and all beauty my eyes swoon over.”
Getting started: “EyeSwoon began as a natural extension of the things that I am most passionate about. I got married and had a child in my early 20s, and when the majority of my friends were focused on wild nights out and their careers, I was making my homes beautiful and cooking for my family.”
Her social media reach: 92,900 followers.
Big break: “Instagram became a vehicle for me to share what I was already doing for friends and family at home on a larger platform.”
Insta-insights: “Shoot in natural light always.” Most memorable image: “My home in Amagansett always gets the most likes.”
Most frequent comment: “Swoony!” Must-snap places: “Louse Point at sunset.”
What makes the area so special: “The nature. The light. The farms.”
If she had only one hour in the Hamptons… “I would go surfing with [my son] Jivan at Ditch at sunrise.”
While most people’s Instagram accounts offer a candid, sort of slapdash peak into their lives, Ben Fink Shapiro is different. A professional photographer, he has shot images for a wide variety of glossy magazines, and his account reflects that, with jaw-dropping cover photos as well as tantalizing looks behind the scenes at his work with top models and other boldface names.
What he covers: “A healthy mix of what I shoot naturally, so that ends up being some behind the scenes from my fashion and celeb portrait shoots.”
Getting started: “When I was 5, I told my parents I was going to be an artist. But I didn’t pick up a camera until I was 15. My father always kept a darkroom in our basement— it was a hobby of his—so when I started taking pictures in high school, it was easy to fall in love with the magic of going down to my basement and developing my prints.”
His social media reach: 6,169 followers.
Most memorable moment: “One of my most memorable moments was in East Hampton at a party—I was 21 or 22—and I introduced myself to Tommy Hilfiger. I showed him some of my fashion work on my BlackBerry and gave him my card. A few days later, I got a call from someone in his office asking to hire me for a shoot. That was awesome.”
Key to success: “If someone could please tell me, that’d be great, thanks.” Most frequent comment: “What should I order for dinner?”
Favorite local hangouts: “Springs General Store, for earlymorning muffins; East Hampton Hardware, I’m literally there a few times a week; Tenet, East or South.”
What makes the area so special: “I find the Hamptons has its own character each season. It’s just as beautiful in the winter.”
From perfectly manicured private gardens to the everyday wild blooms of the Hamptons, Anastasia Casale of Sag Harbor Florist chronicles the East End’s incredible floral diversity. She also uses her Instagram account to show off her own amazing work, including the exquisite flower arrangements she creates for special occasions.
What she covers: “Capturing nature’s beauty— floral, botanical, garden-inspired—and events.”
Her social media reach: 8,108 followers. “I reach professionals in the trade, interior designers, stylists, art-minded individuals, and nature lovers.”
What inspires her: “Mother Nature and all her beauty.” Most memorable image: “Our field of daffodils and tulips at the farm we own in the North Fork, Pierpont’s Blossom.”
Most frequent comment: “Very inspiring.”
Must-snap places: “The product we produce: weddings and events.”
Favorite local hangouts: “The South/North Ferry and a chance to relax after a long day, going back home.”
If she had only one hour in the Hamptons… “I would take a walk on Wainscott Beach—Beach Lane down to Georgica Pond.”
Best end-of-day drink: “A glass of Chardonnay and a walk around my flower farm with my three loves: Keith, Bella, and Baci.”
This is not your average food account. Hamptons Aristocrat is the ultimate thumb exercise, with each flick of your finger revealing a plate more vividly colorful than the last. Perfectly fresh dishes with ingredients straight from the farm are the norm for caterers Louisa Young and Lexi Ritsch, with deviled eggs, finger sandwiches, and much more offered in bulk to summer parties large and small.
What they cover: “Food, food, and more food, featuring local farms and our creations!”
Getting started: “I, Lexi Ritsch, had started a personal grocery-shopping concierge service and eventplanning company in the Hamptons, South Fork & Spoon, and found that my clients were looking for an ‘in-between’ service with regard to their entertaining and hosting—in between cooking at home and having a private chef and full-on catering, which requires kitchen rentals, chef staffing, and is frankly expensive.”
Their social media reach: 8,320 followers.
Toughest part of the job: “The business is our baby, so we’re working at 150 percent always. It’s generally hard work, long days, early mornings. But we love it.”
Must-snap places: “The ‘loading dock’ seems to have the best light—ha!”
If they had only one hour in the Hamptons… “We would head to the beach.”
Best end-of-day drink: “A Corona poured over ice and a pinch of salt, squeeze of lime, and two dashes of Texas Pete.”
PHOTOGRAPHY BY FRAN PARENTE. OPPOSITE PAGE: PHOTOGRAPHY BY FRAN PARENTE (SILVERMAN); STYLED BY STYLISTS.TO.A.T IN KAUFMAN FRANCO.