By Faith Hope Consolo

It is common knowledge that summer is synonymous with the Hamptons. Just take a sunny stroll along quaint shopping streets and you’ll find the country homes of upscale Manhattan shops. Living well is a sport; fine dining and exclusive shopping abound in this sand-infused extension of Manhattan. High design and en vogue boutiques perfectly mingle with the beach-going masses seeking laid-back luxury. Whether you visit the East, South, West, Bridge or anywhere else on the East End, you may forgo  the beach for a day exploring the bevy of chic boutique and dining options.

In East Hampton, Intermix adds an outpost to 87 Main Street, hosting a stellar roster of designers, including Chloe, Diane von Furstenberg, Giuseppe Zanotti, Sergio Rossi and more. Ralph Lauren’s Rugby store has just opened at 32 Main Street, while Bellhaus is at 328 Montauk Highway, showcasing Alexander McQueen, Carolina Herrera and Walter Steiger, among others. James Perse is at 56 Newton Lane and Mulberry is opening a “pop up store” on Main Street. John Varvatos is preparing to impress even the choosiest of consumers, at 54 Newton Lane. Elie Tahari will open its doors at 1 Main St in August. Tory Burch has expanded at 47 Newtown Lane.

Jackie Rogers opened at 3 Newton Mews in East Hampton and is also at 50 Jobs Lane in Southampton. Urban Zen, a new boutique created and designed by Donna Karan, is at 4 Bay Street in Sag Harbor. Yigal Azrouel has a pop up store in Water Mill. A special entry to Montauk at 662 Montauk Highway is the seasonal Screaming Mimi’s, which boasts a treasure trove of haute vintage clothing. This year, the neighborhood establishment will also feature a new collection, Opening Ceremony for Screaming Mimi’s.

In Southampton, Brooks Brothers is preparing 48-50 Main Street to be a monolithic destination for men, women and children. Brahmin Leatherworks, Inc. is slated for 58 Jobs Lane. J. Crew-at-the-beach will open just in time for beachwear shopping at 84B Main Street. Erin Snow, purveyor of high-end activewear will have a four month Southampton store this summer at 38A & 38B Jobs Lane, flanked by Tracy Feith and Vilebrequin.

For the third summer in a row, Manhattan’s Valery Joseph Salon will coif its City customers in the Hamptons, with an outpost at 2545 Main Street in Bridgehampton.

Retail in East Quogue is also bustling, with the owner of Shoe Vixen, 487 Montauk Highway, taking over consignment shop Once Upon A Time, 485 Montauk Highway. Although details are secret, the new owner promises a complete renovation and additional inventory. This summer, home design is front and center as a new season brings even more innovative designers. In the former Penny Whistle Toys space on Main Street, Berns Fry Ltd is teeming with antiques and vintage discoveries. In Bridgehampton, Maison 24 at 2424 Main Street is a combination of department store and antiques shop-window treatments, home accessories and childrenswear. Mark Borghi Art has moved down Montauk Highway to a bigger location next to the Golden Pear. Nancy Corzine is opening an outpost at 5 Main Street in Southampton and Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic in East Hampton has opened in the old Jonathan Adler space at 66 Newton Lane and will carry some Adler furniture.

Whether you spend your day shopping or at the beach, it is certain that you will work up an appetite. Here is a preview of the new restaurants, set to impress even the shrewdest gourmands this summer.

In East Hampton, Almondito’s has been transformed to Northern Italian eatery Almoncello at 290 Montauk Highway and Jeffery Chodorow debuts his Kobe Beach Club at 44 Three Mile Island Road. Cherrystones Clam & Lobster Shack will also sell soft ice cream at 277 Pantigo Road also in East Hampton, where the Maidstone Arms welcomes Alison to 207 Main Street, relocated from Bridgehampton. Honey Bar & Lounge, located inside Prime 103 steakhouse in East Hampton, is newly opened to impress champagne aficionados.

In Montauk, Sam Talbot of “Top Chef” fame will impress at Surf Lodge. The Southampton Inn, 91 Hill Street, welcomes Chef Peter Dunlop and his steakhouse Oso and summer treats reign at the new Maggie Moo’s at 22 Jobs Lane. Manhattan restaurateur Tony Fortuna will run the steakhouse to be called TBar at Savanna’s. Ed “Jean-Luc” Kleefield is transforming his casual Cajun eatery, Mumbo

Gumbo into Italian bistro and café Grappa Wine Bar, 62 Main Street in Sag Harbor. Tutto il Giorno, perhaps the most anticipated opening this season is ready to serve at 6 Bay Street in Sag Harbor. Surf Shack, from Manhattan bar guru Alex Gordon, boasts casual Cajun seafood at 2095 Montauk Highway in Amagansett. Andre Balazs’ Riviera-style restaurant on Shelter Island, Sunset Beach, welcomes chef Dan Silverman.

This summer’s Hamptons jaunts will quickly turn into full-fledged vacations, as visitors become mesmerized by new shops and restaurants. While your fellow shoppers are sweltering along Fifth and Madison Avenues, you can enjoy the same couture retail experience in the Hamptons, propelled by a refreshing sea breeze. In September, well-rested fashionistas will return to Manhattan with a first-class wardrobe.

Happy Hamptons Shopping!

Faith Hope Consolo
Chairman, The Retail Group

Faith Hope Consolo
Chairman, Retail Leasing & Sales Division
Prudential Douglas Elliman

Tel: 212-418-2020 / Fax: 212-418-2005