Derwood Hodgegrass had only spent $3,000 when he was booted from the Super Saturday designer tag sale in Bridgehampton over the weekend.
Spies say the eccentric Southampton billionaire was buying some pretty unusual items—as compared to his usual madras prints and preppy attire—and bothering people before security escorted him out of the event on Saturday.
“It was weird, the guy was buying sandals and all these long and flowing caftans and robes—and he kept telling people he’d ‘found the way’ or something,” one Super Saturday shopper recalled, noting Hodgegrass continued to “get in people’s faces and spout all this new agey stuff.”
As reported last week, Hodgegrass recently returned from a trip to the Peruvian Amazon, where he admitted to taking the hallucinogen ayahuasca with celebrity ayahuasquero Don Julio Luiz Pedena. Friends say the billionaire has been acting strange since his return. “He hasn’t set foot inside Hodgegrass mansion,” one of his frequent guests said, asking that he be kept anonymous. “He’s been wandering around outside, wearing nothing or just really simple toga type gear—and he’s building something, but he’s got it covered up so no one knows what exactly.”
Hodgegrasss did not answer calls on Sunday or Monday, but his butler/assistant said his employer’s shaman would be arriving in the Hamptons this week and more would be revealed very soon.