Accessories designer Rafé Totengco guides us through his East End and North Fork favorites.
When accessories designer Rafé Totengco isn’t traveling around the world promoting his eponymous label, he heads to his 1950s ranch house in East Marion on the North Fork. If you pop in, you’ll catch him on the deck soaking up the sun, reading, or enjoying cocktails. He shares his favorite local spots for if he must—though rarely— venture from his happy place.
When Totengco needs to update his ready-to-wear wardrobe for dinner or breakfast at North Fork favorites The Iron Skillet(730 Love Lane, Mattituck, 298-1235) or The Hellenic Snack Bar & Restaurant(5145 Main Road, East Marion, 477-0138), he heads to Steven Alan(75 Main St., East Hampton; 604-1726). “I shop there wherever I can,” he admits. “[There’s] a nice edit of basics from Acne or A.P.C., as well as sneakers from Common Projects or Vans.”
Totengco’s vast T-shirt wardrobe stems from his addiction to James Perse(56 Newtown Lane, East Hampton; 907-9270). “Once you get them on you never want to take them off—seriously,” he says.
When it’s time for a bike ride, the designer clads himself in head-to-toe Lululemon(35 Main St., East Hampton; 324-4192). “I like the fit and the minimal aesthetic,” says Totengco. “Plus, their pieces are great for lounging or working out.”
If it’s a sunny Saturday, Totengco takes a dip at Potato Beach or 67 Steps Beach wearing his favorite Bulldog swim shorts from Orlebar Brown(23 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, 604-5656). “The fit is fantastic,” he notes, “and I love the prints.”
When it comes to designing for the home, Totengco visits MONC XIII (40 Madison St., Sag Harbor, 808-3333), where Natasha Esch curates a tasteful assortment of furniture, tabletop, lighting, and gifts by brands such as Sol y Luna, Geoffrey Parker, and Hermès. “I swoon every time I walk in there. If I could move in, I would,” Totengco says. To incorporate vintage elements, he shops the treasure troves at Beall & Bell(430 Main St., Greenport, 477-8239) for “fabulous vintage furniture—at realisticprices.”