This spring, East Hamptonites and artists from the photography studio Coolife—Pauline Rochas, of the Rochas family fashion house, and Carole Beaupré—launched their first fragrance, Le Premier Parfum. The unisex scent blends seven raw essential oils, including sandalwood and patchouli, which are known for their ability to open the second chakra, that which is associated with sensuality. The limited edition of 500 bottles are available at Turpan in East Hampton and on bycoolife.com.
Constructed in 1720, Home Sweet Home, which has been a museum since 1928, is re-opening its doors to the public once again. It underwent changes to make it less like a museum and more like the house it was during the turn of the last century, when Gustav and Hanna Buek lived there. For more information, call the museum at 631-324-0713.
Les Toiles Du Soleil, a famous French fabric and accessories retailer known for quality, durability and a contemporary look, is opening a store in East Hampton at 78 Park Place, the alley tucked behind Starbucks. The company was founded 150 years ago in the Catalan area of France called Saint Laurent de Cerdans. Aside from fabric by the yard, the boutique also carries a wide variety of accessories and sun-stain and water-resistant Sunbrella fabrics, perfectly suited for the outdoors. Call 212-229-4730 or visit lestoilesdusoleilnyc.com.
The North Fork’s Lieb Cellars has opened up a retail shop and wine tasting room in East Hampton, featuring their 90-plus rated wines. Stop in for complimentary tastings of rosé, pinot blanc, sparkling, red and white blends and grab-and-go boxed wines for the beach or boat. You can even purchase 20-liter kegs of wine for parties or weddings! 26 Park Place, East Hampton. 631-527-5100.
There’s a new retail boutique at Sole East: Sunbarth. Located in the lobby, Sunbarth carries men’s swimwear, resort wear and accessories from brands such as Orlebar Brown, Khirma Eliazov, La Soula, Love Shack Fancy, Melissa’s Shoes, Jumper Surfboards, Styleliner, and Whalebone. Shop and then enjoy Sole East’s famous jazz and bossa nova Sunday brunches. 90 Second House Road, Montauk. Call 631-668-2105 or visit soleeast.com.
Letarte, the Maui based label created by sisters Lisa Letarte Cabrinha and Michele Letarte Ross and best known for its elite swimwear, cover-ups and beach to street sportswear, is coming to Jobs Lane in Southampton. Mahalo! Visit letarteswimwear.com.
Vineyard Vines moved from Main Street and is now located at 54 Jobs Lane in Southampton, offering preppy classics for men and women. New to the collection for Summer 2014 is the Gingham Tucker Shirt and the South Shore Harbor Shirt in a soft, breezy palette for men and some very cute eyelet dresses for women. Call 631-283-4602 or visit vineyardvines.com.
Besim’s Fine Cigars is now home to a hookah lounge, offering a wide selection of fine shisha tobacco. Come relax and enjoy luxurious hookahs and tobaccos in Besim’s restaurant/ lounge style atmosphere. The fine cigar store is centrally located on Southampton’s Jobs Lane, right across from Agawam Park. Call 631-287-9230 to reserve a table. Maximum of six per party, and all must be at least 19 years old with a valid ID.
Southampton Shop Hop is here! On “First Fridays” participating Southampton merchants will be giving 5 to 10% of proceeds to a local charity from sales made from 6–8 p.m. There will also be discounts and specials at restaurants and accommodations with a receipt from purchases made during the Shop Hop. Look for the Shop Hop logo in windows on Main Street, Jobs Lane and Hill Street and check out Southampton Chamber of Commerce on Facebook.
The Springs General Store will now be hosting weekend markets in the garden on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m.–2 p.m., with crafts, antiques and more. Keep a lookout for handmade jewelry by Jamie Lerner. The line incorporates semi-precious stones, Czech glass, Swarovski crystal, freshwater pearls, silver, copper and gold; priced to sell!
Enjoy homemade foods, baked goods and coffee drinks from the store. You can sit at picnic tables near the water, or on the front porch rocking chairs, or even rent a kayak and launch from right behind the store.