For summer 2015, the Hamptons have caught a serious case of fitness fever. Whether you want to bust a high-impact dance move, sculpt your muscles, sidle up to a barre or do a vineyard-based boot camp, it's all here. And sweating has never been quite so fashionable, as a slew of activewear boutiques have popped up all over.
But we cannot live by situps alone. Looking fab at the beach and the social scene is a must, so loads of tempting choices suit a variety of tastes -- whether you're Cali-cool, perky prepster, Boho hip or even a lover of high-end vintage.
And of course, the Hamptons home has got to look as good as its owners, and houseguests mustn't forget to bring along the perfect gift. Plenty of interesting new shops fulfill both missions.
One thing you won't find this summer? The Kardashian pop-up store DASH, which caused a bit of frenzy last summer. (We can't guarantee that the Hamptons will be Kardashian-free, however.) But fear not, reality shows will still be represented. Kyle Richards, the well-known Bravo housewife of Beverly Hills, will be in town here and there, perhaps even working the register at her new Southampton boutique, Kyle | Alene Too.
Trainer Vanacker (631-953-6005; trainervanacker.com)
All sports, all the time, that seems to be Sander Vanacker's motto. Vanacker, a Colorado transplant -- he operated a huge martial arts and fitness facility there -- is all about fitness. You can take one-on-one sessions (try his kettle-ball workout) in his private studio, or attend his Saturday boot camp classes at the Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack. Like to ride a bike? Vanacker, a former competitive cyclist, has started the Hamptons Cycling Club, a series of weekly-guided rides -- the first one is free.
AKT InMotion (3 Railroad Ave., East Hampton; 212-858-0305; aktinmotion.com)
Anna Kaiser, the founder of this dance-based, high-intensity interval training program, has worked her magic on many a super body, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Sofia Vergara and Shakira's. This summer, she's bringing the happy, uber-energetic workout out east. There will be two spaces (one for classes, one for private training) fitted with neon lighting that mimics the beat of the music and -- yes, yes, yes -- a glistening disco ball. A retail space will sell brands such as Heroine, Sport, Phat Buddha and Candida Maria, along with branded workout gloves, leg warmers and water bottles.
Elements Fitness Studio
Elements Fitness Studio (66 Newtown Lane, East Hampton; 631-604-5445; elementsfitnessstudio.com)
After you've finished your barre class at this freshly redesigned fitness studio, check out its new retail boutique, offering up activewear, bags and accessories from brands such as Prism Sport, Vimmia and Planet Blue. There are several planned trunk shows, along with weekend specials such as free blowouts for class participants from Blow.
Figue (55 Main, East Hampton; 631-527-5111; figue.com)
Owner Stephanie von Watzdorf tried out the Hamptons for two seasons at a Figue pop-up in Southampton (there's a store in Manhattan). This season, she'll open a year-round branch in East Hampton packed to the British Raj/Moroccan beach house-inspired rafters with "gypsy-meets-jet set goods." Von Watzdorf, a fashion biz vet who was vice president of design at Tory Burch before opening Figue, says that the boutique "has a resort-spirit and global aesthetic." Find hand-embroidered caftans and one-of-a-kind military jackets, tunics, printed dresses, along with pouches and totes that give back to wildlife conservancy.
HomeGoods (368 Montauk Highway, East Hamton; 631-537-1308; homegoods.com)
There are Hamptonites who are none-too-thrilled about the opening of this 13,000-square-foot off-price giant that sells discounted stuff for the home -- bath, bedroom, kitchen -- along with perfect-for-the-Hamptons decorative tchotchkes (wooden whale wall plaques, seashell planters, "life is a beach" and other pillows). The bone of contention is the building's appearance -- massive, close to the road, with what Hamptonites say are bad plantings. That said, the store, with its deep, ever-changing inventory, is a perfect place to "jooosh" up a Hamptons home at prices aimed to please.
Oliver Peoples (53 Newtown Lane, East Hampton; 631-329-4318; oliverpeoples.com)
Lost your sunglasses on the beach? Luckily, there's a new pop-up from cult optical and sunglass brand Oliver Peoples. The space is "decorated" with the vision of a "gutted art installation." Wall and ceilings are covered with unprimed painter's canvas, and the floor with unfinished plywood, like what you might find at a construction site. It looks kind of like an artist's studio/gallery space -- the art being all those fabulous glasses.
Tina Stephens (66 Newtown Lane, East Hampton; 631-527-5250; 89 Main St., Southampton, 631-259-3456; teesbytina.com; shoptinastephens.com)
Tina Stephens, a certified Pilates instructor and fashionista, couldn't find the perfect tee to take her from working out to work and play, so in 2010 she founded Tees by Tina, a line of seamless tees and tops (one size fits most). Since then the product selection has grown into a total lifestyle collection, including maternity wear. This year Stephens introduced flowy tunics (pictured, $125) , shirtdresses, and loose pants -- perfect for relaxing in the Hamptons. Clothes run from $25 for a top to $125.
Tracy Anderson (30 Park Place, East Hampton; 212-965-1408; tracyanderson.com)
The huge (as in 3,000 square feet) fitness and lifestyle mecca will be open year-round by Tracy Anderson, who has famously sculpted the bodies of celebs (such as her partner in the biz, Gwyneth Paltrow). Along with a large variety of classes, there's a retail center where you can buy activewear from brands such as All Things Fabulous, Koral and Ultracor. The studio will also offer a new food and juice line that includes organic menu options and will be open to the public. The Tracy Anderson Water Mill location remains open as well.
Planet Blue (50 Newtown Lane, East Hampton; 631-604-6238; shopplanetblue.com)
Get your luxe boho looks at this groovy pop-up. Dubbed by founder and creative director Ling-Su Chinn as the "PB Guest House" for the summer, this temporary shop will carry a wide range of cool duds, including bathing suits, cutoffs, great tops and dresses. Brands include popular in-house collection Blue Life, and there will be home accents as well to showcase the company's Malibu origins.
What Goes Around Comes Around
What Goes Around Comes Around (48 Main St. East Hampton; 631-324-0874; whatgoesaroundnyc.com)
Where oh where can you find a huge selection of vintage Chanel and Levi's denim along with rare pieces from names such as Hermes, Pucci and Jean Paul Gaultier? Right in East Hampton, as luxury vintage retailer What Goes Around Comes Around opens a year-round boutique that boasts a great selection of spring and summer clothing (from couture to beach chic), high-end designer handbags and accessories.
Shark Bites (41 The Plaza, Montauk; 631-668-0772; Instagram: @sharkbitesmontauk)
Find quirky and kind of fabulous merchandise in many categories at this cozy new shop where, natch, there's a load of real shark tooth jewelry in all sizes, along with vintage Army jackets and reworked Victorian underpinnings turned out as ethereal summer dresses. There are ocean-inspired dishes and napkins, and, for those beach parties, portable barbecues and foldable wineglasses. For teens there's a great assortment of DIY kits -- knitting, jewelry among them -- along with notebooks and diaries. "It will be a good place to come when the weather is bad," says owner Peri Allen.
RM 09 (Haven Montauk Hotel, 533 Westlake Dr. Montauk; 631-668-7000; havenmontauk.com)
If you've ever stayed at boutique hotel Haven Montauk, you may have rented room 9. But today, you wouldn't recognize it because A) it's now a retail store, and B) it's completely remodeled, more part of the lobby than a room. The new space has an organic feel, rustically outfitted, with driftwood from Montauk beaches, among other materials. (Pictured, a beach tote by Mar Y Sol.) There are beautiful woven pots in vibrant colors by Indego Africa made by tribal women; kids clothes, and swimsuits. Says the hotel's creative director, Jenny Cabido, "We are kind of shunning big brands and sourcing a lot of things that are handmade." Hands-on events include vintage tee tie-dyeing sessions by Wave-N-Rave on Saturdays, and on Sundays, instruction from PlantShed New York Flowers on succulent arrangements.
Copious Row (27 Washington St., Sag Harbor; 631-808-3600; copiousrow.com)
This is the first brick-and-mortar location for Copious Row's owner David Chines, who hails from the fashion biz, and began his carefully curated website focused on home decor, gifts and mens products last year. His mantra? Nothing ordinary will do. To that end, the store is full of extraordinary items: gifts, home goods, grooming products, jewelry and accessories for men and women. In the smart, contemporary space, find Chines eclectic mix, ranging from Sailormade bracelets for men, Christian Lacroix stationery, a limited edition Alexandra von Furstenberg bowl. Chines is also an exclusive distributor of coveted Karl Lagerfeld candles, which are distinctly scented and designed in the designers image.
Stella & Ruby
Stella & Ruby (144 Main St., Sag Harbor; 631-919-5222; stellaandrubyhamptons.com)
Inspired by her two daughters, Stella, 4, and Ruby, 13 months, mom Gabrielle Fisher has assembled a selection of some of the most adorable and unique kids clothes and accessories around, popping up inside Fishers Home Furnishings (and, yes, she's related to the Fisher name, a daughter-in-law). The clothes, which Fisher calls "whimsical, playful and stylish," go from newborn to 10 for girls and boys and include frothy little skirts for girlie-girls and cool camo shorts for boys that double as bathing suits. Inventory includes handmade toys such as Jess Brown's collectible, artisan rag dolls.
The Styleliner (25 Madison St., Sag Harbor; thestyleliner.com)
Since 2010, trendsetter Joey Wolffer has spent a lot of time taking her fashionable show on the road via her clever Styeliner, a boho-centric boutique on wheels, formerly a 20-foot potato chip truck, revamped to look like a treasure chest. But this summer, and we're guessing this has something to do with her having a baby in July, Wolffer's staying put (her family owns and runs Wolffer Estate Vineyard). At her pop-up shop, Hampton-goers will still be able to get a taste of a gypsy-meets-rock-and-roll-flavored collection that includes jewelry (some one-of-a-kind), and a colorful selection of dresses, beaded denim jackets, scarves and bags of her own design. Everything in the shop, which will be open through October, is for sale, including the furniture and photography.
Velvet by Graham & Spencer
Velvet by Graham & Spencer (56 Jobs Lane, Southampton; 631-204-0005; velvet-tees.com)
The inventory at this Cali-cool, minimalistic new space goes way beyond those cult-classic Velvet tees. Find everything from denim, beach cover-ups, summery dresses and jackets (pictured, a boho-inspired embroidered fringe cardigan, $238) plus a menswear line (tees, polo shirts, henleys and more). Also included in the mix, Velvet's accessories such as butter-soft leather totes, clutches and belts, along with a selection of jewelry from designers such as Ariel Gordon and Miansai.
Country Club Prep
Country Club Prep (64 Jobs Lane, Southampton; 631-259-2081; countryclubprep.com)
Kourtney and Khloe (yeah, Kardashian) leased this very space last summer during their filming of "Kourtney & Khloe Take the Hamptons." This season, the place has been taken over by prepsters Steve Glasgow and Matt Watson, owners of the Atlanta-based e-tailer (they've dubbed themselves the Zappos of the preppy scene and this pop-up is their third brick-and-mortar location). Does the Kardashian spirit live on in the space? Not so much. "We had no idea it was their pop-up until we signed the lease," says Amanda Caldwell, the VP of business development and marketing. The store will serve as a revolving showcase for preppy fashion for men and women, highlighting a brand each month including Lauren James, Castaway, Mahi Gold and Southern Proper. Preppy staples like Jack Rogers, Lacoste and Persifor will supplement the inventory. Plans include happy hours on Fridays, monogramming parties on Saturdays and flash sales every Sunday during the summer. What there probably won't be? Any sign of the Kardashians.
Juja Active (38 Jobs Lane, Southampton; 631-259-3855; jujaactive.com)
Former investment banker Jen Russo's (second from left, with several yoga instructors) passion for yoga has led to her to opening her first store, where she hopes the vibe will be "supportive, nurturing, celebratory and empowering." Inventory includes more than 15 hard-to-find independent activewear brands, including Crane & Lion, Track & Bliss, Red Tiger and an Aussie brand-new to the U.S., Electric & Rose. In the whitewashed space, Russo will host a series of events this summer, including yoga classes on several Saturdays, with a portion of the proceeds giving back to select nonprofits dedicated to empowering women and girls.
Pomme New York
Pomme New York (94 Main St., Southampton; 631-353-3700; pommenewyork.com)
After two years of running a Missoni Home store in a different Southampton location, Roxane Mosleh has moved to Main Street, expanded her inventory and changed her focus. Named for her very successful Grand Prix show-jumper horse (Pomme Lady) that she and her husband and partner, Bobby Ginsberg, own, the new store still offers Missoni, but they've added other European collections to the mix, including Kartell, Bolon and Trend-Group. Find soft furnishings, custom upholstery/drapery and flooring. "We're introducing the Italian home furnishing market to the East End," says Mosleh, who will head the store's new interior design team. The store also offers dishware, room diffusers, candles, picture frames and other gift items.
L'Objet à la Plage
L'Objet a la Plage (9 Main St., Southampton; 631-259-2644; l-objet.com)
The first brick-and-mortar location for the 10-year-old brand, this captivating shop is full of founder Elad Yifrach's discoveries. Extensive worldwide travel has clearly inspired Yifrach, and his perspective is unique. There are fabulous, over-the-top Fortune surfboards, Italian beach chairs, Swedish garden hoses, along with Marton bicycles and a wide array of luxury tableware, home decor items and body and personal care products. Prices run from $30 for towels to $12,000 for a custom fireplace, and many items are exclusive to the store. Says Yifrach, "The store aims to be a destination to inspire an elegant life by the sea," with items, he adds, "slightly unexpected."
Kes (38A Jobs Lane, Southampton; 631-283-5000; kesnyc.com)
Be totally chic, but still edgy, with clothes from Israeli designer Lia Kes at this new pop-up. Kes, who also has a boutique in Manhattan, shows a feminine yet hip collection, with a meticulously constructed selection of dresses, tops and tunics that run from $136-$1,450. Along with her own designs, Kes will offer a select mix of "underrepresented designers." And expect to find some special pieces for fall here -- including boots, coats and cashmere items.
Kyle | Alene Too
Kyle | Alene Too (5 Main St., Southampton; 631-377-3372; kylebyalenetoo.com)
Popping up in the old C.Wonder space comes this fashion savvy go-to from partners Lizzy Schwartz and Kyle Richards -- yes, that Kyle Richards, the Bravo housewife -- who also have a store in Beverly Hills. Find a beautifully sourced selection of everything from underwear to bathing suits to gowns for women looking for relaxed elegance with a touch of Hollywood glam. Says Schwartz, "It's one-stop shopping and goes from beachy to casual to dressy." Prices range from $26 for a T-shirt to $2,200 for a special bracelet, and the store will feature "shop-in-shops" from vendors such as Ramy Brook, Clover Lane and Yosi Samra. "I am happiest out here in the Hamptons," says Schwartz, who also owns two stores in Florida. Hence the fab collection of logoed sweats and bags that say, "Happiest in the Hamptons." And don't be surprised to see Richards working the register. "She plans to be out here for a couple of weeks," says Schwartz.
Skin by Veronica
Skin by Veronica (67 Hampton Rd., Southampton; 631-259-2343)
All that sun and beaching can wreak havoc on your skin. To save the day (and the face), check out veteran aesthetician Veronica Taylor's new digs. Custom organic treatments at this private spot include facials, ultrasonic and steam cleaning, Phyto stem and vitamin C peels, anti-aging and damage-control treatments, micro needle therapy and male grooming. Taylor also does brows, brow color and lash tinting.
Mixology (148 Main St., Westhampton Beach; 631-684-0040; shopmixology.com)
An expansive porch that spans the entire front of this store is the perfect spot for relaxing after a serious shop at this boutique -- the third Mixology on Long Island (the other two in Woodbury and Hewlett). Offering a boho/beachy perspective, the store is known for on-trend clothing and accessories that are easy on the wallet (much under $100). Popular brands here include Jet by John Eshaya, For Love and Lemons, Rails and Whitney Eve. The cool space is decorated with white reclaimed floors, raw steel pipe wall fixtures and crochet dream catchers dangling from the ceilings.
Tweed (87 Main St., Westhampton Beach; 631-684-9344; tweedwhb.com)
"I wanted a place where you could walk in and find something for any occasion," says Shannon Lupis, who owns this new spot with husband Victor. To that end the shop offers home furnishings, home goods, kids toys, beach bags, jewelry, specialty items for brides and grooms (Hamptons wedding, anyone?), pet gifts, beach chairs, mugs and trays and an array of grooming products. Add to this custom gift baskets that can include Stonewall Kitchen gourmet foods.
You can loaf around at the beach this summer, and, while you're at it, pick up luxurious men's loafers by Parisian brand Galet off a truck that will be touring from the Hamptons through Montauk until Labor Day. Look out for Galet's 1940s vintage Citroen H-Van -- hard to miss in orange -- that will stop at beaches and special events. It's fully loaded with the handmade French loafers that are both classic and playful and feature flexible rubber soles. They come in many styles including canvas, leather, suede and pony hair, costing $195-$395. Follow the routes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @MaisonGalet and keep up-to-date with the van by following #TourdeGalet.
The Glamsquad (glamsquad.com)
They come to you. That's the beauty of Glamsquad, the on-demand, free beauty app that provides quality hair and makeup services virtually wherever and whenever you want them. The service, which has been operating in NYC for about a year, is popping up in the Hamptons for the months of July and August (they'll travel from Southampton to Montauk). So, say you've got a snazzy Hamptons gig, download the app and, voila, top-notch hairstylists and makeup artists will soon appear at your door. Blowouts are $75, makeup is $100, and social butterflies might splurge on a package . . . 10 blowouts, five makeups for $1,000.