7 Stunning New Hamptons Design Stores to Visit this Summer
From Southampton newcomer Patternmill to Ralph Lauren's wildly reimagined home store, these East End destinations offer everything from entertaining essentials to distinguished pieces of collectible design
1. Patternmill, Southampton
East End tastemakers who value artwork just as much as collectible design now have the ultimate resources for both in adjoining Southampton venues. At the newly launched Patternmill, proprietor Jay Bearden has curated a remarkable trove of furnishings by Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret, Gio Ponti, and more. While traveling through Europe, he assembled this distinctive array, which provides a dynamic complement to designer Jeff Lincoln’s offerings. “It’s literally like stepping through time,” says Lincoln of the neighboring spaces. “The main gallery is all collectible design and contemporary art, and then Patternmill is all midcentury, important historical pieces.” In his own gallery, Lincoln kicks off summer with a show of Abstract Expressionist canvases by Jack Tworkov, which will sit in conversation with works by the Haas Brothers and Rogan Gregory.
2. Il Buco Vita, Amagansett
Epicureans in love with last summer’s Il Buco pop-up in Montauk will be excited to see that the restaurant and gourmet market have found a permanent Hamptons home in Amagansett. At Il Buco al Mare, chef Justin Smillie crafts Mediterranean meals of local seafood, rustic focaccia, and more from an old-world wood-burning oven. Next door, gourmands and design enthusiasts alike can browse the selection at Il Buco Vita, where provisions such as olive oils, salts, and vinegars are on display alongside ceramics by Lana Kova and John Derian decoupage pieces. Swing through for a morning coffee and pastry and leave with a picnic lunch for the beach.
3. Hudson Grace, Sag Harbor
Dashing around on the hunt for additional table settings and the right entertaining extras just got exponentially easier with the opening of a Sag Harbor location of beloved San Francisco design destination Hudson Grace. White dinnerware and serving pieces in every shape and size imaginable mix beautifully with its linens in a full spectrum of colors. Estate silver ice buckets and shakers make for perfect hostess gifts, and don’t overlook the masterfully curated outdoor offerings, including Belgian teak furniture, woven settees, and oversize willow baskets. “Our brand is known for creating original home products and sourcing vintage one-of-a-kinds,’’ says cofounder Monelle Totah. “We believe the combination of the two uniquely make a house a home.”
4. Ralph Lauren Home Cottage, Southampton
Tucked behind Ralph Lauren’s longstanding Southampton boutique, the newly opened Home Cottage presents the brand’s furniture, linens, barware, and home accents in a residential style setting. Inside the preppy-chic bungalow, browse myriad seasonal essentials like beach towels and sporty decorative pieces alongside a carefully curated selection of vintage and antiques. The space also offers a digital shopping area so visitors can peruse the entire case goods collection or customize an upholstered piece, then retreat to the charming coffee cart outside for a celebratory cup of Ralph’s Coffee cold brew.
5. Katie Leede, Sag Harbor
Already established in the Hamptons, Katie Leede’s Sag Harbor shop is constantly changing its spirited selection of home goods in response to the designer’s many new product collections as well as the treasures she sources from her travels abroad. Currently, the space is filled with a selection of vintage Moroccan rugs she found during her last trip as well as pieces from her new wallpaper and outdoor textile lines. Stop in during the summer when she hosts in-store events with Rebecca de Ravenel, Christopher Spitzmiller, and Fil de Vie.
6. Hidden Gem, Southampton
Sisters Tanya Willock and Temidra Willock-Morsch have curated a unique boutique filled with playful pieces inspired by coastal communities from Montauk to Antiqua. Inspired by their Antiguan grandmother, who used to sell handmade goods from her Hamptons home, the women have filled the shop with artisan made housewares, ceramics, photography, and jewelry. “This summer we really wanted to push our creativity and have designed our own collection of table linens inspired by English Harbor in Antigua and Barbuda, where our parents are from,” says Temidra. Visitors will also find unique resin bowls, hand-painted surfboards, fringed hammocks, and embroidered vintage African fabrics alongside hand-dyed rugs from India and Nepal and custom-made pillows. “The shop in general captures the essence of our grandma,” says Tanya, “her love and passion for crafts and storytelling through handmade work.”
7. Wyld Blue, Montauk
Australian Sasha Benz got her footing in Montauk working at buzzy hotspot the Surf Lodge; now she’s branching out on her own with the coastal chic boutique Wyld Blue. Inside, Benz has curated a selection of clothing, jewelry, and home goods, all in the same serene neutral palette. The shop’s show-stopping moment are a selection of towering tree installations she designed in collaboration with a Brooklyn-based artist. “I love the idea of creating a mystical atmosphere in the store, so you feel like you are part of an experience when you walk in,” she tells Galerie. “It’s a space to visually take your breath away.”
A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2021 Summer issue. Subscribe to the magazine.