The forecast for shoppers in the Hamptons this summer is sunny, bright and downright fabulous with a number of chic spots offering everything from bath potions to Birkin bags. What should you know and where should you go? Here’s what’s haute.
Michelle Farmer Collaborate
2491 Montauk Highway, 631-604-1850, michellefarmer.com
Exclusive yet lesser-known designers are the sweet spot at Michelle Farmer’s charming shop. This season, Farmer has collaborated with uber-luxe Milanese menswear designer Eredi Pisanò, who works in lush organic cashmere and linen and has, until now, only sold at his Madison Avenue store. The bulk of the inventory here, however, is womenswear, including wonderfully embellished swimsuits from European brand Valamare and Farmer’s own floaty, resort wear collection, along with her jewelry – pyrite and pearls mixed with diamonds and wood. Don’t feel like going shopping? The store’s new “Shop to Go” service will deliver.
83 Main Street, 631-353-3773, aerin.com
Aerin Lauder’s “seasonal concept store” is open from Memorial Day through January. Here, Lauder, the granddaughter of cosmetics legend Estée, offers many of her collaboration collections. Find Aerin for Lenox tabletop goods, Aerin for Lee Jofa pillows, Oliver Peoples/Aerin eyewear along with Aerin bags (evening to beachwear including colored resin minaudieres and popular straw pouches). There’s makeup, footwear and hats, and Lauder has curated some specialty items—a few of her favorite things including vintage Rolexes, swimwear by Jo de Mer and ArteMare racquetball sets (talk about a posh housewarming gift).
29 Main Street, 631-726-7200, sharisplace.com
Shari Kayne, the flame-haired owner of Shari’s Place, has been keeping well-heeled, fashion forward types on the North Shore of Long Island and NYC, dressed to kill for decades. She opened this outpost last summer and returns, this season, with what may be the best selection of summer-weight leathers around – feather-light and supple – some in vivid colors. Add to this, airy sweaters, cashmere blazers and her well-edited selection of designer dresses from the likes of Roland Mouret and Stella McCartney, along with of-the-moment prints from Peter Pilotto and Etro, and accessories galore including swoon-worthy baroque pearls.
50 Jobs Lane, 631-353-3700, missonihomehamptons.com
Zig zag your way into this beachy shop that is bursting with iconic Missoni prints for the home—towels, pillows, blankets, bedding—along with a series of brand new textiles inspired by jewels and freesia. For outdoors find lounges, poufs and directors chairs. A new light fixture, “Thea Kuta”– wire- framed and covered with woven yarn – is a knockout and a hot seller. If decorating isn’t your thing, you’ll discover the perfect poncho here (some woven in silk chiffon) for seashore chic along with scarves, ties, socks and headbands.
44A Main Street, 631-237-2327, isaacmizrahiny.com
Happy and snappy might just be Isaac Mizrahi’s mantra at this pop-up filled with clothing and accessories that will leave you smiling. The veteran designer and TV personality (who has a home in Bridgehampton) says shoppers will find “impulse-ish stuff you can’t resist.” Special focus this season falls upon bright silk Mikado party dresses, classic hobo handbags and colorful heels. And don’t be surprised by an Isaac sighting – he gets around.
Bond No. 9
45 Main Street, 631-725-7467, bondno9.com
Fragrance junkies will swoon at this ultra-chic perfumerie at the venerable American Hotel where marine-scented, location-themed fragrances include “Hamptons,” “Montauk,” “Sag Harbor” (with lush notes including Bergamot, ivy leaves, Sag Harbor accord and peonies), and brand new this year, “Shelter Island.“ All sweet reminders of those summer days long after you’ve left vacation. Along with the eaux de parfum, there are scented candles, soaps, body cream and lotions, and a sea-blue chandelier punctuates the stunning space.
55 Main Street, 631-324-1985, aesop.com
It’s no fable that Aesop’s skin, body and hair care products have a huge cult following. In this beautifully designed shop, the Australian brand’s goods are displayed on architectural pegboard that spells out messages in Morse code – a nod to the Hampton’s marine heritage. The various lotions and potions are touted for their efficacy, made from botanicals and laboratory-derived ingredients that include antioxidants. The SPF 15 Sage & Zinc Hydrating Cream is a summer must-have.
54 Main Street, 631-604-6544, millyny.com
Michelle Smith, designer and founder of this smart, sexy brand calls East Hampton, “her favorite beach resort,” and has stocked this pop-up with her own personal picks including ready-to-wear and swimwear in the brand’s signature lush colors, prints and luxurious fabrications. Added to the mix: MILLY handbags, MILLY for Dempsey & Carroll stationery and ohhh, adorable MILLY Minis children’s wear for best-dressed kids.
22 Main Street, 631-287-5100, colletteconsignment.com
Treasure hunting takes on new meaning at Collette, a large, luxuriously appointed consignment shop that boasts a vast array of pristine, high-end handbags – Birkin, Chanel, Hermès, Givenchy among them– which are hugely discounted along with designer duds from Proenza Schouler, Prada and Gucci. These, says owner Tisha Collette, “are basically unworn,” and sell for about 50% off their original retail price. “We have the crème de la crème,” says Collette. There’s also a store in Sag Harbor at 80 Main Street and a newer flagship on Madison Avenue as well.
Everything But Water
66 Newtown Lane, 631-324-5693, everythingbutwater.com
Touted as the largest swim and resort wear retailer in the U.S., the search for that perfect swimsuit may well come to an end at Everything But Water’s pop-up – a peaceful white-washed space where a helpful staff offers fit consultations in cabana-style fitting rooms. The inventory? A curated mix of swimwear, resort wear and accessory brands including Michael Michael Kors, Mara Hoffman, Nanette Lepore and Trina Turk.
Tiina the Store
216 Main Street, 631-267-6200, tiinathestore.com
Tiina Laakkonen, a former model, top fashion magazine and runway stylist has a selective eye and editing ability that makes her home furnishings-focused store, “quirky, artful and joyful.” Set up like a house, it’s a visual feast with a definitive Finnish vibe (she is Finnish) – “very clean but not minimalist,” she says. This season, she’s added more fashion to the mix and in August, London-based, couture jewelry designer Pippa Small will bring in her luxury art jewelry, all ethically sourced and handmade with uncut gemstones and crystals.
Anne Bratskeir is a veteran style reporter for Newsday who covers trends, New York Fashion Week, red carpets, and retail.