Calypso Christiane Celle
Christiane Celle’s hippie-chic skirts, wrap-dresses and accessories are staples at any stylish beach resort and the Hamptons is no exception. In fact, East Hampton is where Celle herself moved after leaving St. Barth’s, and it is one of the places that inspires her lifestyle brand.
Additional shops in Sag Harbor, Westhampton, and Montauk.
Ligozio, a former buyer for Henri Bendel and Saks Fifth Avenue, has a good eye for fashion. Her Southampton store stocks Allegra Hicks wrap dresses, Susan van der Linde appliqué hats, jewelry by Elizabeth Brady and other wardrobe essentials for the chic Hamptons women.
Provence native and Bridgehampton homeowner Catherine Malandrino is a favorite with celebrities like Brooke Shields, Heidi Klum and Angelina Jolie—a photo of the latter wearing a yellow empire-waist Malandrino gown has been featured in nearly every tabloid. The designer’s pieces are colorful, flirty and feminine and often distinguished by some sort of interesting detail—a large ruffled sleeve, say, or an elaborate stitch or print pattern.
Rowley famously sold her four-bedroom East Hampton house in favor of a smaller, more rustic Montauk cottage, but she kept the East Hampton boutique, which carries playful and sophisticated (as well as playfully sophisticated) designs.
King of wearable couture and Sagaponack homewoner Elie Tahari has his flagship boutique in East Hampton.
A jean-lover’s paradise, Henry Lehr carries all the hot denim brands, including Rogan, Chip and Pepper, True Religion, AG, Seven for All Mankind and Citizens of Humanity.
The trendy fashion emporium showcases both big name as well as up and coming designers. Its two Hamptons boutiques are both bright, airy and beautifully designed, with bamboo flooring and dressing rooms meant to resemble private beach cabanas.
Kevin and Jay McLaughlin’s madras and seersucker shorts and colorful ribbon belts and khakis are perfect for a day at Maidstones or any of the other elite Hampton country clubs. Preppy-chic women also love the quilted jackets, linen pants and modest yet colorful skirts and dresses.
There’s also a Bridgehampton location (at 121 Main Street) and in Southampton, the men’s boutique is just down the road (at 12 Jobs Lane).
J.Crew at the Beach
The selection here has been edited down to contain only those J. Crew items deemed Hamptons-worthy. Thus, you’ll see linen jackets and pants, elegant silk dresses, shell jewelry and bikinis and pieces from the (more upscale) J. Crew Collection. In 2009, the East Hampton boutique moved into a gleaming, massive new space on Main Street.
A New-York-based shoe emporium (other locations are in Cedarhurst, Great Neck and at the Woodbury Commons upstate), Jildor carries women’s shoes from designers like Donald J. Pliner, Stuart Weitzman, Jack Rogers and Southampton homeowner Tory Burch. Less expensive brands like Birkenstock and Ed Hardy are also represented and there’s almost always some sort of sale going on.
The ultra-cool John Varvatos, designs sleek, hip menswear that’s popular with both the Wall Street and the Hollywood set (Ashton Kutcher and Jon Bon Jovi are fans). His love of rock ‘n’ roll is apparent: a new boutique opened at 315 Bowery, once the address of NYC’s legendary CBGB rock club and the brand’s ads frequently feature musicians like Alice Cooper and Iggy Pop.
The new boho-chic shop of Claudja Bicalho (formerly at Tracy Feith and a longtime East End style setter) is the South Fork’s newest little shop of treasures with a mix of art and fashion.
At Malia Mills, swimwear “fit specialists” help women of all shapes and sizes find the perfect suit. Mixing and matching is encouraged and cotton cover-ups, tunics, dresses and chrysal monogramming (for “one of a kind behinds”) are also available.
Open Memorial Day through Labor Day 2013.
Nancy & Co.
Another Hamptons-NYC fashion outlet (there’s also a location on Lexington Avenue on the upper East Side), Nancy & Co. stocks classic cashmere sweater, jackets and pants as well as trendier pieces from up-and-coming designers.
Visiting Roberta Freymann’s Manhattan boutique was a prerequisite for many fashionable upper Eastsiders en route to the Hamptons: it makes sense then that a store would finally open out east. Freymann is a true global nomad who speaks five language and stocks her store with exotic (yet reasonably priced) clothes and jewelry she picks up while traveling. Gorgeous tunics, caftans and skirts; sequined belts and sandals and handcrafted bags and jewelry are some of the things you can expect.
Theory’s blazers and pants are well-cut and comfortable (most contain lycra), making them extremely popular with stylish businesswomen summering in the Hamptons. Though both the East Hampton boutique and the smaller Southampton one have a few trendier pieces, most come for the simple, monochromatic basics that can be worn season to season. Only the East Hampton location carries men’s clothing.
Tiina the Store
During a fashion career that included being a model for Karl Lagerfeld and an editor for British Vogue, Tiina Laakkonen honed her Finnish roots and good taste. The result is this well-curated store of clothing, jewelry and home goods. The inventory supplied by Scandinavian artists and international designers shares a bespoke design and penchant for quality. It’s the kind of shop where you might stop in for a tank dress, and leave with a pair of high tops and a mohair throw.
Never a conformist, the German-born, Miami-based designer, who is also the creative director at Bottega Veneta, opened his boutique not on Main Street in East Hampton but right off the Montauk Highway in Wainscott. Time will tell whether the location will prove the right one for his breezy minimalist collections. It will surely become a hot spot for East End fashionistas looking for the season’s hottest bikinis.
Burch’s T-logos are as ubiquitous on Hampton’s streets as they are in Manhattan (both downtown and on the upper east side) so it makes perfect sense that this designer and Southampton homeowner would have an outpost here. Hamptonites clearly couldn’t get enough of the signature hippie tunics, mod ’60’s dresses and Reva ballet flats (which Tory named after her mother); the East Hampton store recently expanded to three times its original size.
After Donna Karan’s husband died of cancer, the designer and East Hampton homeowner founded the Urban Zen Foundation, a philanthropic organization that, among many other things, aims to bring Eastern-based practices like yoga into the Western medical paradigm. She also opened Urban Zen, a lifestyle boutique that carries clothing from a variety of designers (including herself) as well as Balinese furniture, antique jewelry and a collection of books on wellness and healing, in NYC’s West Village. Karan also opened an outpost in Sag Harbor, already home to a number of yoga and health studios, that does double-duty as a space for rotating art exhibits. Like the one in NYC, the Sag Harbor boutique gives a portion of all sales to the Urban Zen Foundation.
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