In early May, East End realtors and landlords were scratching their heads about where all the retail action was — stores sat empty, windows covered. But then bam! Perhaps a little later than usual, the Hamptons retail scene blossomed and is anything but stagnant this summer. The season’s retail buzzwords? “Curated” for one, with shopkeepers sharply editing their wares to bring the best to the market. But even more so, going “global” is on virtually everybody’s minds as goods from around the nation and the world pour in. New, too, are retail-meets-experiential opportunities such as clothing stores that double as art galleries, a children’s shop where kids can customize their duds, a pet boutique/art studio combo and a cool new place where you can buy a surfboard — but first you have to build it.
10 Main St., East Hampton; 631-527-5900, wearwithallfashion.com
It’s a “dream come true,” says designer Melody Mayer of her new shop — a dreamy vision bathed in white and gold where she’ll offer summery dresses of her own design starting at $250, a curated collection of jewelry, “creative and fun” sunglasses and a fabulous selection of men’s vintage-inspired T-shirts from Paris. In addition to the artful mix, Mayer will have a rotating exhibit of different artists each week and will host “Tea Time With Melody” on Thursday afternoons when customers can shop, sip and learn a bit about the artists. “Fashion and art can always make you feel good,” Mayer says.
Skin care haven
18 Hampton Rd., Southampton; 631-287-2900, whitesapothecary.com
Yes, you can pick up your prescriptions at this pharmacy — and even toothpaste, for that matter — but White’s Apothecary (there’s a sister store in East Hampton) has garnered a reputation for stocking excellent skin care, beauty and makeup products including La Mer, Tata Harper and Dr. Dennis Gross. Get rejuvenating facials by a licensed aesthetician and even wedding makeup. There are men’s products, too, including Jack Black, Baxter of California and The Art of Shaving. In early July, Natasha Wagner, daughter of Natalie Wood, will make a personal appearance at the store to promote her mother’s gardenia-scented fragrance, Natalie.
An eclectic selection
208 Main St. Amagansett; 631-604-7268, lazypointvariety.com
It’s a permanent new home for Lazy Point owner Claudja Bicalho, who has popped up for a few summers here and there. “I sell a lot,” the former model says of her eclectic mix of furniture, jewelry, art and clothing, much of it from exotic locales. With prices ranging from $2 for Tibetan incense to $15,000 for a piece of art, there’s a wide range of merchandise including African and Papua New Guinea art pieces, and Samantha Sung ’50s-style dresses. “I just sell what I like,” says Bicalho.
Blow Beauty Bars
2422 Main St., Bridgehampton; 631-537-8000 (Bridgehampton); 631-324-8888 (East Hampton blowouts only), blowbeautybars.com
Women cannot live by blowouts alone, a lesson learned by Blow Beauty Bars owner Lila Beudert, who in two short years has outgrown her space in Bridgehampton and is moving down the street and expanding offerings to color, manicures, spray tans, waxing, eyelash extensions, facials and more. Of particular note, Beudert says, is the Bare Wax Bar because “it’s no secret a good wax was hard to find in the Hamptons.” Blowouts go from $25 for a refresher to $65 for an updo; full face makeup with airbrushing is $120; eyebrow waxing is $20, a full leg $65; a basic manicure is $20, gel is $40; and a full set of eyelash extensions starts at $175.
Have bags, will travel
Kempton & Co.
A 25-year-old British-made Land Rover imported directly from England will transport Kempton & Co.’s movable trunk show this season, making its way from the company’s shop in Red Hook to the tip of Montauk. The Brooklyn-based biz is known for its hip, rugged yet luxe bags and accessories, ranging in price from $55 for a leather pouch to $245 for a carryall beach bag. The vehicle will make its first stop at the Maidstone Inn in East Hampton on June 7 for ladies night, and there will be plenty more bag-buying ops at different locations through the summer, including at Sunset Beach hotel on Shelter Island.
23 Newtown Lane, East Hampton; bigflower.com
This store won’t open on Memorial Day because designer/owner Greg Ammon is slated to wed co-designer Stacy Volkov. But starting June 3, check out the shop’s easy, crisp resort clothes, all made in the United States. Ammon’s menswear includes breathable button-downs, unlined suitings and ultrasoft tees, while Volkov does the gals’ stuff — including relaxed tunics and beach dresses. Along with the goods, there’s a gallery wall showcasing works of local artists and a lounge area where customers can sip complimentary Big Flower tea. On the way out, note the mass of sunflowers (Ammon’s family crest) at the door. Customers are encouraged to take one when they leave.
Bags and more
66 Newtown Lane, East Hampton; 631-604-2137, jujaactive.com
“We were so thrilled with the success of the store in Southampton that we wanted to open one here,” says Jen Russo of her second Hamptons location, which debuted in early May. Find the same cool mix of Russo’s curated collection of activewear, made up of some 30 independent brands not easy to find anywhere else, such as Just Live, Niyama Sol and TLF. Accessories offerings, new for Russo, include gym bags, yoga mat bags and even a cool weekender. Socially conscious Russo is also offering a collection of inspirational tees and tanks, the proceeds going to Sanctuary for Families, an organization that works to combat domestic and gender violence.
Blue & Cream
83 Main St., East Hampton; 631-329-8333, blueandcream.com
Known for its hip duds for men and women, one of the two East Hampton stores has had a total merchandise change-up and is now selling clothes for the littlest jet-setters — from 3 months to age 10. Find brands like Golden Goose Kids, Nununu and Mini Rodini, along with Blue & Cream’s own line. There’s a fab T-shirt and hoodie bar where kids can customize with different icons and letters. Why the change? Owner Jeffrey Goldstein’s own 2-year-old son “got my attention,” he says. “It’s our same cool vibe, but for your mini me.”
For cool kids
Ethel + Row
2397 Montauk Hwy., Bridgehampton; 631-296-8333, ethelandrow.com
Named after her favorite sheepdog from childhood (that would be Ethel) and the nursery rhyme “Row, row, row your boat,” Vanessa Hamer’s new store is for newborns to age 14 (her son Aiden, 8, is an ideal tester). You won’t find cartoon characters and a ton of bright colors, but you will find high-quality clothes in organic cottons, linen and bamboo “in as many natural fibers as I can find,” says Hamer, who imports a lot of her inventory from Amsterdam, Lithuania and London. The small shop’s vibe is minimalistic, and Hamer likes to keep the clothes, many pieces unisex, simple as well. There’s loads of denim from brand DL1961, starting at $45 for a little pair of overalls; the soft sweatshirts from Gray Label go from $48; and a wooden rocking horse runs $160.
A taste of Capri
Mario Romano Capri
28-C Jobs Lane, Southampton; marioromanocapri.us
Max Ricci, a frequent traveler to the Isle of Capri, was so struck by the luxurious resort-wear produced by Mario Romano Capri, a family-owned business there, that he partnered with the company, bringing it to this pop-up and to a store in Palm Beach. The fabrications are impressive, Ricci says. “We make everything out of our own linen and for our cashmere pieces, we use the same yarn as Loro Piana.” The chic collection, which comes in coastal colors like blue, coral, gray, white and turquoise, includes men’s slim-fit linen button-downs ($210), dresses ($200-$350), sumptuous cashmere ponchos ($210) and the finest cashmere wraps, $400 and up.
2 Jobs Lane, Southampton; ilsandalo.com
Handmade sandals? Yes, please! At Il Sandalo, which returns to Southampton after several years, there’s actually an in-house cobbler who will “build” your sandals. The Italian-based company (they have a factory there) stocks some 50 styles that can be assembled, and you can create customized kicks with a variety of heels and dyes and even embellishments such as jewels. Prices range from $235 to $455 — the higher end “if we use exotic materials such as alligator or python,” owner Fabio Tesorone says. Depending on what you choose, sandals will take from two to 10 days to make.
One singular sensation
Sea Star Beachwear
66 Jobs Lane, Southampton; 631-353-3274, seastarbeachwear.com
One singular sensation — that’s what’s offered at this pop-up — a shoe that looks like a chic espadrille but is made of breathable, quick-drying neoprene with a protective rubber sole that goes from beach to boat and even around town. Friends Libby Fitzgerald and Michael Leva, both with fashion backgrounds, conceived the concept and have been selling the shoes at resorts and online for about a year. It comes in loads of colors and is available for men and women ($78) and kids, too ($68).
Build your own board
11 Indian Wells Hwy., Amagansett; 631-267-9283, grainsurfboards.com
It’s B.Y.O.B. at Grain — as in build your own board, surfboard that is. Located on the lower level of a 100-year-old livery stable, this extraordinarily cool though perhaps niche experience for surfers with a passion for woodworking is expensive ($2,675) for a three- to four-day workshop (including materials, meals and tax). But it’s uniquely satisfying, says Brian Schopfer, who owns this outpost of the Maine-based business with brother-in-law Patrick Fleury. “The hands-on experience of building something really beautiful but functional is pretty unbelievable,” he says. There’s an open house Memorial Day weekend and a special Father’s Day gig, too. Less challenging, folks including kids 8 and older can opt to make a handplane, a board a little bigger than a Frisbee that is used for stability and steering in the waves. It will run you $150.
55 Main St., East Hampton; 631-527-5200; brunellocucinelli.com
The serene and expensive world of Brunello Cucinelli opens its second East Hampton store, offering the brand’s signature restrained elegance. Merchandise includes home, lifestyle and athleisure, according to a rep for the store. In the mix: candles in ceramic jars, soft pillows with signature Cucinelli silvery beaded embellishment, luxe nubby wool throws and Cucinelli sneakers (which will set you back $1,000).
Bling it on
Glenn Bradford Fine Jewelry
10B Jobs Lane, Southampton; 631-400-9800, glennbradford.com
Glenn Bradford met his wife, Sharyn, at a Southampton share house 23 years ago, so opening a second, year-round shop there has deep significance for the owner of the eponymous Port Washington jewelry boutique. The store features gutsy design elements such as teak and blackened steel display cases, brushed steel ducts along with the Bradfords’ signature blue and ivory hand-striped walls. But of course, jewelry stars, and is priced from $50 for a sterling silver pendant to more than $1 million dollars for a 1909 Cartier necklace. Also find major estate pieces, vintage Rolex and Patek Philippe watches, and some very rare emeralds.
Fashion and furniture hub
17 Newtown Lane, East Hampton; 631-604-7133, clubmonaco.com
Pick up a cute dress and a few tops to wear out, and while you’re at it completely furnish your home — couches, chairs, plates, glassware and linens (some vintage) at Club Monaco’s new store, open year-round. There’s a particular focus on furniture from markets in Amsterdam and Sweden, along with Juliska tableware from Portugal, and Lobmeyr mouth-blown Austrian-made glassware and much more.
Couture dry cleaning
The social scene in the Hamptons can get pretty dressy — and messy. Rosé stains and lobster dribbles don’t work with your best looks. If you value your designer duds, place them in the care of ritzy NYC dry cleaner Jeeves. They’ll make pickups and deliveries each Wednesday this season from Westhampton Beach to Bridgehampton. It’s a pricey service but worthwhile, says Jerry Pozniak, the company’s managing director. “We’re not your neighborhood dry cleaner. We take an old-fashioned approach to the way we handle our clients’ clothes,” he said, citing customers whose designer dresses may cost upward of $10,000. Besides clothing, Jeeves also does sheets by hand ($86 for a duvet cover).
A movable gym
GYMGUYZ East End
Dayna Corlito has a mobile gym and will travel. Corlito, along with a crew of 10 certified personal trainers, will go virtually anywhere in eastern Suffolk, with a focus on the Hamptons. No gym? No problem. She brings the workout to you in a specially outfitted van stocked with several hundred pieces of equipment including kettle balls, dumbbells, resistance bands and more. “Wherever people are staying, whether it’s for a day, a week, a month or all summer, we will bring the gym to them,” she says. Workouts are available for individuals, duets and groups at homes, parks and even beaches. Prices vary depending on the number of sessions purchased but are about $75 an hour.
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Tory Burch Sport
47 Newtown Lane, East Hampton; 631-907-9150, toryburch.com
In an environment inspired by the casual vibe of a ’70s surf lodge, Tory Burch’s newly renovated store pays homage to the sporting life with a wide assortment of pieces from her activewear collection. Find clothing, bags, shoes and accessories for running, tennis, swimming, studio and golf. There’s also a smart collection dubbed “Coming & Going” for looks that can be tossed on before and after a workout.
The Fashion Collective at Gurney’s Montauk
290 Old Montauk Hwy; 631-668-2345, gurneysmontauk.com
Montauk gets into the fashion game at this fabled resort, where, starting June 2, a series of high-end lifestyle brands will pop up on the deck of the hotel’s Seawater Spa. Great fashion names to showcase there include Rebecca Taylor (pictured), Haute Hippie, Mara Hoffman, Edie Parker and Love Shack Fancy. The Fashion Collective will run each Thursday to Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. through August.
No Hawaiian shirts
38A Jobs Lane, Southampton; lanaicollection.com
You won’t find Hawaiian shirts at Lanai, the business owned by David Ellison (for the record, his dad, Oracle founder Larry Ellison, happens to own the actual Hawaiian island of Lanai) and partner Jackie Chiuchiarelli. Instead, at the company’s first brick-and-mortar location, find elegant but casual menswear inspired by the beauty and natural colors of the island. “It’s a men’s lifestyle oasis,” says Bladimiar Norman, Lanai’s senior vice president of marketing. There are luxed-up basics like cushy tees, a slim cashmere and silk hoodie. Along with Lanai merchandise, look for GOA skin care products and hip baseball caps from Gents Co. A sponsor of the Hamptons Golf Classic, the store hosts a public cocktail party to benefit the event during Father’s Day weekend. Want to see the clothes in action? Reportedly, guys of all ages are wearing the stuff on the new season of Netflix hit “Grace and Frankie.”
Jewelry and more
Pop Up Collective
42 A Jobs Lane, Southampton; 212-729-9072
Clarissa Bronfman’s luxurious talisman- and trinket-laden jewels have a distinctive Bohemian vibe, as does her new store, where in addition to her own collection she’ll sell what manager Roshanak Malek calls “a carefully curated” selection of merchandise from all over the world. Find home goods from Kentucky, bathing suits from Kuwait and sandals from Turkey and Guatemala. Prices go from $40 for a candle to $9,000 for jewelry. “We’re striving for a Boho global chic and to embrace color and diversity,” says Malek, adding that there will be book signings, trunk shows and lectures throughout the season.
Row, row, row
East End Row
33 Hill St., Southampton; 631-353-3626, eastendrow.com
The workout frenzy continues in the Hamptons, hence the opening of this rowing-based fitness studio using water rowers (the very same machines that “House of Cards” president Frank Underwood uses to work out his aggressions). To start, the studio will have 16 machines, with another 10 to follow, owner Alan Benson says. Classes include rowing, along with mat work and weights. An intro class is $20, a 10-pack $300. And best of all? Burn 1,000 calories in a 50-minute session.
160 Main St., Amagansett; 631-604-1455, frenchpresse.com
Owner Sarah de Havenon has operated a luxury residential linen care service for a couple years, but this season, she’s opened a haven for bedding with everything from cushy, organic mattresses to toppers, pillows and quilts. “It’s one-stop shopping for all your bedding needs,” says de Havenon, who has gathered goods that she dubs “best in class” from Europe and the United State. She organizes by color rather than brand and encourages clients to mix and match. A sheet set can run from $150-$2,000, and there’s also a small selection of towels, layette items, nightgowns and loungewear.
ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo
48 Newtown Lane, East Hampton; 631-527-5244, atmcollection.com
Hitting the ATM in East Hampton this summer might refer to visiting Anthony Thomas Melillo (ATM is printed on the arm of every one of his famously comfortable tops). The Council of Fashion Designers nominee, who has a reputation for having created the perfect T-shirt, is offering his expanded collection of elegant but relaxed clothes for men and women along with accessories such as Parisian sneaker brand Camille Tanoh.