Well, it is officially summer! Happy Memorial Day Weekend! With most of the rainy days behind us, the sunshine brings out the best in everyone…people are out there shopping for patio furniture, pool toys, flowers, planters, you name it, they are shopping for it…and the beat goes on…
Starting out in Eastport, on my way home from my son Randy’s house in Massapequa Shores, I stopped into one of my old time faves, Beyond the Beaten Path. For 18 years, this shop has been one of the best-kept secrets on the East End. A special haunt for designers, stylists and discerning collectors, the Soho-like store is filled with delightful treasures and one-of-a-kind pieces. Owner, Emily Weiss, creates unique, artful jewelry and re-designs both vintage and new items. The displays are creative and imaginative. The store, a must-see that has been re-done and revamped for the upcoming season, holds an eclectic mix of past and present, and it features contemporary gifts amongst a collection of fine antiques. Emily is now offering a personal shopping service and can be reached at 631-325-2105 and visit www.beyondgifts.net See photo.
Our fashion reporter Tricia Marshall says that LF speaks it’s own language, which says they’ve got it all – vintage Furst of a Kind T’s with open backs and embellishments. Color-block Lita Jeffrey Campbell platforms. How about an exclusive harness necklace by Luv AJ. Vanessa, decked out in a backless baby doll dress and cowboy boots says “It’s all about the LF girl who’s fearless, bold and not afraid to mix and match trying various looks.” Associate Lisa demonstrated how to “tweak” pieces wearing “cheeky” shorts under a tank dress with a bandeau. LF’s collection of denim is a collectors dream. I loved the studded shirts and jackets. No matter what your style represents, you’ll leave with at least one piece that spruces up your wardrobe. The preppy girl would love the lemon yellow pleated skirt. There’s an array of arrowhead accessories for the revamp enthusiast or studded boots for the hip rock star! Visit www.LFstores.com for the ultimate mix match and dress up experience. 87 Main Street, Southampton 631-287-5081 and 33 Newtown Lane, East Hampton. 631-907-8430.
Westhampton T-Shirts, 77 Main Street, is celebrating its 31st anniversary with new T’s and sweats from American Apparel, Comfort Colors and J. America. And…while you’re there, check out their clearance bins for 50-75% savings. For information call 631-288-9175.
Calico Garden, 497 Montauk Highway, East Quogue is celebrating it’s 1st year anniversary featuring a unique collection of home, fashion and gifts, some new items, vintage vibe and Global Girlfriend Organic Essentials. The line encompasses adorable dresses, yoga pants, tanks and T’s, all in soft organic cotton. Don’t pass up the specially-designed Sugar & Vine flip-flops and buckle bracelets! You can create your own style with add-on charms and accents. Look for vintage items that include crystal, silver, porcelain and new tabletop accessories adding beauty to any beach cottage. Mark your calendar for Thursday June 21, 5:30 p.m., join them to toast the first year including a meet and greet fashion show and light refreshments. Call for more info 631-996-2838.
Courage.b, 14 Jobs Lane, Southampton and at 78 Main Street, East Hampton offers an entire collection of amazing ready-to-wear fashions, accessories and one-of-a-kind luxury goods. The line encompasses everything from clothes and shoes to handbags and accessories. Classic European styling and modern American twists make the collection timeless and appealing. Choose from beautiful garments to bold accessories, from bright colors in unexpected places to brilliant basics that work for day and night, year in and year out. Call 631-509-1880 and 631-604-1740 for information. Visit www.courageb.com.
Gail Toma is presenting her designer collection Trunk Show at 4 North Main Street Gallery, Southampton Village. Fashion As Art opens, Thursday, May 24, 5-8 p.m., featuring wall art, home and fashion. The opening reception, is on May 26, 5-8 p.m., The Art of Scarves/dressing and traveling with scarves, Sunday, May 27, 2-4 p.m. The event runs through May 30. The collection, women’s accessories, resort wear and now wall art and accessories for the home will run through May 30. Gallery hours: noon – 6 p.m. For information 631-259-2055, www.NouveauCouture.com.
Grooming by Donna at The Dapper Dog Studio, 42 Snake Hollow Road, (at the entrance) Bridgehampton Commons. I have it timed just right. I drop Tino off, and run over to the Retreat Thrift Shop. Ava, Jessica the manager’s Boston bull terrier, sits in her primped up cage, greets me when I walk in, wags her tail and calls my name…(not really!), just a whimper or two…Back to Dapper Dog to take a look at the retail shop below the grooming studio where you can purchase some of the nicest spa products for your best friend that include facial scrubs in blueberry and fresh vanilla, oatmeal shampoo with calming and soothing verbena, jackets, leashes, collars, toys and so much more. For information call 631-537-3355.
Saturday, May 26, the Animal Rescue Fund of The Hamptons will kick-off Memorial Day weekend with an exciting preview cocktail party at the ARF Thrift and Treasure Shop, 17 Montauk Highway, Sagaponack. The Thrift Shop will be transformed into an incredible Designer Showhouse featuring 10 rooms styled by some of New York’s most illustrious interior decorators. All proceeds benefit ARF. On May 27, the shop will be open for you to Shop ‘til You Drop! Call Jamie Berger, 631-537-0400 ext. 215. www.arfhamptons.org.
Trustees of the East Hampton Historical Society will hold their 3rd Annual Trustees’ Tag Sale benefit, Saturday morning, May 26, 9 a.m. – noon, on the back lawn of the Osborn-Jackson House, 101 Main Street. Trustees, both past and present, have unearthed a cornucopia of treasures guaranteed to thrill the ardent tag sale shopper. Get there early and walk away with treasures at bargain prices!
Espo’s Surf & Sport is celebrating with a Grand Opening Memorial Day weekend at its newly-renovated location at 2101 Montauk Highway Amagansett. Serving the East End for over 22 years with all its surf and beach needs, Espo’s offers rentals, lessons, surfboards, stand-up paddleboards, bikes, boogie boards, wetsuits and a complete selection of clothing and swimwear. Call 631-267-SURF or visit www.27surf.com.
Don’t miss the huge Tent Event at Island Riders Surf Shop, 538 Montauk Highway, Amagansett. What a great summer sport mix of surf kites, boards, wet suits and gear and lots of clothing including T-shirts, sandals, bathing suits and more, all at discounted prices. For Memorial Day weekend only. Call for information 631-604-5656.
The very popular John Dillon Salon in Southampton has just added six stylists for then summer season. The salon will be open seven days a week after Memorial Day! 16 Hill Street, Southampton. 631-283-8383, www.johndillonsalon.com.
Christopher Fischer Cashmere (www.christopherfischer.com) 52 Jobs Lane
Southampton. This boutique offers comfortable and stylish clothing for men, women and children, the “go-to” source for Hamptonites looking for the most luxurious cashmere goods and cashmere lifestyle. From chunky-textured infinity scarves, to skin-breathing ultra-fine cashmere cardigans. Celebrity fans include Emma Watson, Eva Longoria and Sofia Vergara.
ON THE LINE: For a perfect place to relax in comfort, by your pool and patio/deck, Chic Seats by the Seaside are made in Southwest France. The sturdy beech wood frame not only adjusts to four positions, the chair folds flat to 52” x 22” x 3”. Upright, the back is 38” high and a little plastic gizmo locks the chair back in place, so it can’t slip out and leave you flat. The fabric, 100% French cotton, can be easily removed for washing. Affordably priced at $150, it is sold in the U.S. exclusively through www.QuelObjet.com.
Ciao and happy summer shopping.
I would like to wish all my readers, friends and co-workers a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend and very happy and healthy summer. This is my last column, my swan song…Hope to see you around town, shopping ‘til I drop! I would love to hear from you at: firstname.lastname@example.org.