It’s a busy, busy retail season in the Hamptons, with several new stores opening. Our first stop is a dive into Southampton, where there’s plenty of action and plenty of stores to satisfy all kinds of consumer needs – whether you’re looking for some stellar vintage looks, they’re all in a beachy frame. Mind or looking for the latest and greatest sneakers.
“I’m very optimistic about this season,” said Southampton Mayor Jesse Warren. “Things are looking good. We have a very integrated mix of small, independent stores as well as local and international retailers.
Here’s where to shop this summer.
At fashion designer Alex Vinash’s new shop – monkey chandeliers, banana leaf wallpaper, disco balls – it’s easy to catch the fun vibe accompanied by “hot music”. Vinash, a native of Buenos Aires, is known for dressing former professional figure skating champion Billy Porter and hitting on other stars. Look for women’s clothing – dresses, skirts, even gowns – in linen, silk and cotton ($100-600); A full men’s collection, everything from swimwear to blazers ($150-$300). a long table featuring stunning costume jewelry (starting at $100); Summery raffia bags ($125) with candles, books and other gift items. Vinash’s signature? The giant bow has been seen on celebrities like Martha Stewart and others. “A big bow is sometimes more romantic than sequins,” says the designer. He hopes to treat customers and friends alike. “It’s an experience here,” he says. “I want to transport people and hope that coffee and wine will come, and even sit on the sofa and enjoy.”
Additional information: 25 Hampton Roads, 646-402-3676, Alexvinash.com
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with some extended hours.
It’s a new location and a new concept for ba&sh, a chic, global Parisian brand of womenswear that somehow fuses elegance and sophistication with a hint of romance. Wardrobe options range from colorful flip-flops ($55, a collaboration with Havaianas), to playful tops ($80) to French Riviera-worthy bathing suits ($85 each, top and bottom), to effortless-yet-chic sundresses ($275 ), saucy matching collections, bags and shoes. General take-off: Statement makers on board. Oh-la-la!
Additional information: 22 Main St., 631-204-5994, ba-sh.com
Hours: From 10 am to 6 pm, every day
If quiet-luxe is your thing, the Brochu Walker is the place for you, with its restrained fashion sense well-crafted and well-crafted across the board. Karin Dubner, CEO of the brand, said: “Two years ago I fell in love with Hampton and decided to open a store. There is a sense of freedom, nature and community that I have never felt before. Likewise, it will be easy to fall in love with the women’s clothing in the 1,100 square meter space. Here, find easy-to-wear durable, summery pieces and subtle standouts—tops, skirts, dresses, and pants (starting at $158)—from jewelry, shoes, and even the brand’s recently released Morning Light fragrance.
Additional information: 11 Main St., Brochuwalker.com
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Find your kicks at this curated consignment store, featuring long-established luxury names like Chanel, Dior, and Gucci, and recently added sneaker brands like Jordan, Nike Mids, and more. And Dunks are available ($100-$450, sizes women’s five to men’s 13), and customers can expect an ongoing shipment of more than 150 pairs. Special orders are available upon request.
Additional information: 9 Windmill Lane, 860-726-3626, leclosetnewyork.com
Hours: From Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm
Years ago, Michael Tonello and Chris Bartke wanted a unique summer shoe – the espadrille – but wanted it to have its own identity. As an avid collector of luxury designer scarves, Tonello and his partner eventually developed a way to produce ultra-slim, high-quality shoes, repurposing those beautiful scarves and building them into shoes. Today, Respoke offers made-in-Spain graphics, fantastic footwork, for men, women (around $545) and kids ($245), among other products: bucket hats, sneakers and ready-to-wear. The Southampton location has a beautiful outdoor patio and a rotating art series in addition to merchandise.
Additional information: 99 Jobs Line, 631-204-6262, Respoke.com
Hours: From 10 pm to 6 pm, every day
Partners Bridgette Morphew and Jason Lyon have curated a stunning treasure trove that focuses on clothing, but also includes accessories and furniture that dazzle in this sunshine-filled space. “Our aim is to embody this extraordinary luxury beach aesthetic with the ultimate sensuality that Morpheus is known for,” says creative director Lyons. Find brand fashion from designers like YSL, Alaia, Armani, Valentino and loads more. Her own Hamptons edit includes vintage scarf dresses, beach coats and hand-embroidered tablecloths made from “my grandmother’s old linens.” Men are not left out for their 20s linens, 40s Hawaiian print shirts, rat pack period smoking jackets and 70s pieces. Sunglasses lovers will enjoy the 80s Dior sunglasses. And then there’s the eclectic range of furniture and furnishings, including the store’s own collection of wallpaper from Yves Saint Laurent’s vacation home in crisp summer blues, whites and sepia. $18,000 for a vintage haute couture dress.
Additional information: 56 Hampton Rd., 212-564-4331, Morphewworld.com
Hours: From 10 pm to 6 pm, every day
This is the third Hamptons location for Faherty (the others are in Amagansett and Sag Harbor), the sun-inspired brand from twin brothers Alex and Mike Faherty that is well-crafted, stylish, beach-friendly and environmentally responsible for men, women and children. Fibers – organic cotton, recycled polyester, linen and hemp – are the main ones. The latter mix includes sun-kissed swimming trunks ($128) and a fish-scale printed short-sleeve button-up ($138). For the dudes; Airy pants ($178) and gas suits ($158) for gals; Fun jumpsuits for little girls ($78) and preppy swim trunks for boys ($68). Find tons of accessories, including sunglasses, hats and bags, and of course, those all-important beach blankets. Overall, good vibes.
Additional information: 50 Main St., Faherty.com
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm
Luxury womenswear and jewelry inspired by nature are the calling cards of Russian-born designer Valentina Kova (her jewelry tells the story – peaches, chickens, frogs and chickens in diamonds and 18k). Look for flowing silk dresses and be different in timeless silhouettes (it’s not boring, there’s even a jump print featuring orange), accessories and perfumes. One, by Parfums Quartna, “Hemlock” ($145) has notes of green grass, white flowers and vanilla, and is described as “delicate yet penetrating.”
Additional information: 38 Jobs Lane, Valentinakova.com
hours: Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm