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Shop the Hamptons: haute to homebodies

MacKenzie-Childs brings its fanciful merchandise to Southampton. (May

MacKenzie-Childs brings its fanciful merchandise to Southampton. (May 21, 2011) Photo Credit: Handout

Homebodies, hard bodies and haberdashery lovers will find plenty of new shops to sate their obsessions in the Hamptons this summer. Whether you're into fixing up your digs, entertaining at home, gearing up to stay in shape or looking for that great going-out top, it's all there this summer.

Most notable, a slew of home and tabletop stores led by giant Restoration Hardware in East Hampton. Why the sudden focus on getting your house prettied up? "People are nesting because they're not secure in selling their homes," says real estate guru Barbara Corcoran. "They figure they'll hold onto their house for another five years or so, and while they're there, they'll make it look better."

On the fashion front, the Lacoste crocodile debuts with a selection of sporty status duds. At Sneakerology, which moved from Bridgehampton to East Hampton, you can find yoga pants galore, as well as running gear. Then there's Mixology, with two new stores, in Southampton and Westhampton Beach, that offer trendy clothes, all less than $100.

Want to spend more? Fancy brands such as Hermès and Pucci have fled East Hampton, and Saks Fifth Avenue has abandoned Southampton. But hail Michael Kors, who opens another luxe lifestyle boutique. And for some seriously sexy shoes, get a foot in the door at Stuart Weitzman's new pop-up. Both are in East Hampton.


EAST HAMPTON

BIG DROP, 66 Newtown Lane 631-604-6400

This outpost of two Manhattan stores stocks an übercool selection of independent brands such as Haute Hippie, Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent, Joie and Vitamin A. Luminaries such as Katy Perry and the Kardashian sisters are fans, and store honchos hope to be party central, with lots of trunk shows and special events.

CREWCUTS, 14 Main St., 631-324-5034

Oh, to be a kid again! J. Crew opens a shop for its kids' collection inside the grown-up store. Find fun, bright duds for boys (love the whale-emblazoned Beast of the Deep tee) and girls (striped leggings, sweet dresses, sassy tees).

ISLAND COMPANY, 66 Newtown Lane, 631-324-2700

Find classic resort pieces at this new store. Linen and cotton shirts, dresses, pants, shorts, T-shirts, polos, sandals and swimwear are priced from $40 to $225. The airy wash-and-wear linen is popular. Says a spokeswoman, "People come in and buy one shirt and then come back the next day and buy every color."

LACOSTE, 48 Main St., 631-324-7333

Lacoste's new store offers a beach chic mix from the iconic pique polo to handbags, footwear, sunglasses, watches, jewelry and fragrance. There are mini versions for kids, relaxed fedoras and swim trunks for men, and smart color-blocked swimsuits for women, along with some new dresses and cover-ups.

MICHAEL KORS, 19 Newtown Lane, 631-267-2200

Another Hampton's spot for the king of luxe sportswear (the first is in Southampton), stocked with those famously chic Michael Kors classics, including a full range of accessories (great handbags) and shoes and a selection of ready-to-wear pieces as well as fragrance, watches and eyewear. Sharp eyes and 24/7 shoppers may spot the Long Island-born designer popping in from time to time.

RESTORATION HARDWARE, 69 Main St., 631-907-1300

Mainstream-yet-hip furniture giant occupies the two-level space last inhabited by Tommy Hilfiger. If you're needing a quick guest room spruce-up (oh, do invite us), the store offers fine linens, vintage-inspired furniture, antique repros and, of course, outdoor furniture and accessories.

STUART WEITZMAN, 53 The Circle, 631-324-5624

Jellies and wedges and platforms, oh my! Stuart Weitzman opens his first pop-up store, sure to be a mecca for shoe-obsessed women. Stefani Greenfield and Desiree Gruber's Theodora and Callum collection of espadrilles and handbags is featured shop-in-shop style here.

(MOVED) SNEAKEROLOGY, 2 Main St. (lower level), 631-324-0809

Athletes and sneaker collectors will find what they need at this industrial-style temple to high performance/high fashion kicks and clothes. The store moved from Bridgehampton in March, to the basement space below London Jewelers. Find about 25 different brands of sneakers and a separate in-store boutique that sells those coveted, limited-edition sneakers such as retro Air Jordans.


SOUTHAMPTON

CYNTHIA ROWLEY AT CAPRI, 281 County Rd. 39A

It's another Hamptons boutique for Cynthia Rowley (her first is in Montauk) at the newly renovated Capri Hotel. The tiny space will carry beach apparel including those fab Rowley/Roxy wet suits, women's wear, shoes, handbags, eyewear, jewelry and a selection of Mr. Power's menswear (named for her husband, Bill Powers). Find poolside board games, beach blankets, sun hats and even a selection of custom-made candy. Word is there will be a slew of local promotions, including . . . hula-hoop contests!

JULIA GRAY LTD., 20 Hampton Rd., 631-283-4102

For 20 years, this high-end furniture biz has been exclusive to the interior design trade, but this season, owner Julia Gray decided to open an outlet store where you can get 40-70 percent off retail prices of special painted furniture products, antiques and antique lighting. An armoire that listed for $16,800 goes for $4,800 here, a table that was $3,600 is $1,200.

MACKENZIE-CHILDS, 31 Main St., 631-283-1880

Even before the May 21 grand opening, shoppers were swooping into this lovely boutique stocked with those famously whimsical pattern-on-pattern goods handmade by artisans in upstate Aurora. Creamy wainscoting and original worn hardwood floors are a perfect backdrop for the brand's vividly colored inventory, which includes outdoor furniture, a new upholstery collection, ceramics, cocktail glasses, beverage dispensers, garden goods, rugs and knobs.

JACK WILLS, 54 Job's Lane, 631-287-8750

Princes Harry and William wear it. Princess Kate and sister Pippa Middleton have been spotted in the stuff. The British invade the Hamptons this summer with this boutique offering clothes for men and women, accessories and beauty products. Southampton marks the sixth store in the United States . . . The collections draw on British heritage, style and culture -- the vibe is both preppy and a little bad-boy (or girl).

MIXOLOGY, 100 Main St., Southampton, 631-259-3868

You'll find on-trend contemporary clothes for women and juniors with mostly everything less than $100. One of two opening in the Hamptons this summer; see Westhampton Beach for more information.

THE BLACK DOG, 50 Job's Lane, Southampton

A seaside staple, Black Dog debuts its 20th store this season, in the Hamptons. Fans will find the company's core products, including that fabulous logo tee, as well as coffee mugs and tavern glasses, along with a selection of bakery goods (sustenance for serious shoppers), including biscotti and granola from the Martha's Vineyard bakery.

(MOVED) THE ELEGANT SETTING, 27 W. Main St., 631-283-4747

It's a charming new bungalow space right behind its old location for this purveyor of accessories for the home, including tabletop, paper goods, candles, and frames. But the focus is all about getting personal, as in monogramming and embroidery. There are tote bags, hand and bath towels, and much more.

HORSE HAVEN, 36 Hampton Rd., 631-287-7065

Equestrian types can get everything they need for themselves and their steeds at this horsy store. Co-owner Becky Gaynor says, "People who want the equestrian lifestyle but don't necessarily ride can get the look for themselves, their children and their home." Selling briskly on this front: fashion sportswear, including denim riding pants, handbags, scarves, equestrian-themed glassware, pillows and jewelry.


MONTAUK

SPLASH, 54 S. Erie Ave., 631-668-2723

"It's really a store for moms," says owner Tom Flight, who, with wife Georgia, owns five other Montauk shops that range from a menswear boutique to home goods store. This, their newest entry, features gift items, clothes, accessories and, best of all, a whole toy department heralded by a giant Thomas the Train. Says Flight, "Kids can play while their moms shop and it doesn't matter if they throw a ball. There's nothing that can get broken."


WESTHAMPTON BEACH

MIXOLOGY, 148 Main St., 631-998-3132

Parrtyyy . . . dresses that is, in cool summery styles, along with trendy tunics, tops, leggings, tanks, handbags and footwear for women and juniors, almost all less than $100. This is the fifth Mixology store on Long Island, and the fourth is opening in Southampton this season. Of the trendy mix and low prices, owner Jonathan Shapiro says, "It's like if Intermix and Forever 21 had a baby." Besides the cool clothes, find Joan Boyce jewelry and logoed Avión tequila merchandise -- the tequila introduced to the world on "Entourage."


SAG HARBOR

BOND NO. 9, The American Hotel, 45 Main St.

What does Sag Harbor smell like? We may find out as the chic perfumerie is reportedly working on a scent for the town after its June 5 boutique opening inside this venerable hotel. There already are metro-beachy Hamptons and Montauk scents -- and in addition to the whole range of fragrances, the shop also will sell scented candles, soaps, body cream and lotions.

THE CORNER CLOSET, 108 Main St., 631-808-3005

Find new and gently used designer labels, such as Hermès, Marni, Missoni, Manolo, Chanel -- some pieces for 50 percent off the original prices -- at this consignment shop designed to look like a very organized closet. Owner Seena Stromberg, formerly a dress manufacturer and stylist, has a mantra: "We don't sell fakes." Her favorite piece is a pristine Birkin bag that normally sells for more than $10,000 and is $8,900 here.

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