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Considered by many to be the Rodeo Drive of the Hamptons, East Hampton is where you will find high-end boutiques, art galleries, and one-of-a-kind independent stores. Whether you are hoping to indulge in a full-on shopping spree, or simply want to spend the afternoon browsing, East Hampton is a shopping mecca that will definitely not disappoint.
The fashion stores are the ones that dominate East Hampton, especially along Main Street and Newtown Lane. From the edgy sexiness of the Cynthia Rowley boutique to Magaschoni’s luxury sportswear, the range of fashion options available in East Hampton seem almost endless. It can often seem as though fashion stores primarily cater to women, but East Hampton has a fantastic variety of menswear stores too. Two that are definitely worth visiting are Brunello Cucinelli, where you will find beautifully crafted sweaters, shorts and day bags, and John Varvatos, who focusses on apparel that always has an edgy hint of rock and roll.
It is always nice, on occasion, to splurge a little, treating yourself to something new and shiny. A visit to the Mayfair Jewellers will no doubt tempt you to do exactly that, as their collection of wearable art is simply exquisite. The London Jewellers is nearby, and also worth stopping in to, as they feature the work of over fifty different jewelry designers. East Hampton is also home to a Tiffany & Co, where you can treat yourself or a special someone to one of those special blue boxes.
There are a number of intriguing art galleries all over East Hampton, with Vered being one that showcases some incredible pieces from private collections, featuring names such as Picasso, Matisse, Pollack and Bert Stern. If you are looking to purchase contemporary pieces, the Birnam Wood Galleries has a great selection, as does the Wallace Gallery.
Kim Seybert is a lifestyle accessories store, in which every product is designed by Kim Seybert herself. The designer’s taste is impeccable, and her shop sells everything from glassware to guest towels to shower curtains. Turpan is another lifestyle store, but this time, one with a more modernist approach, selling everything from homeware to art supplies to crystals. For the best music store in town, Long Island Sound on Main Street is the place to go, and it is also here where you can purchase tickets to local music events.
To satisfy your sweet tooth, head on over to Nuts About Chocolate, which is open until late to cater to any late-night cravings. If you are hoping to find some great produce to take home with you, Red Horse Market specializes in authentic Italian ingredients, while the Citarella Gourmet Market has an extremely impressive cheese selection.
Whether you are looking for a designer couture dress for a big Hamptons bash, or need some fresh ingredients and romantic music for a special date night, the shops in East Hampton manage to cater to just about everybody. From the luxurious and classic to the innovative and quirky, the diversity of the shopping in East Hampton really does make it a shopper’s paradise.
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