Haute Shopping: Top Picks on the East End from NY Tastemakers

Mark ZeffNew York tastemakers with summer homes on the East End reveal their favorite addresses: 

Tony Melillo 

A designer once described as a fashion “wunderkind” by the New York Observer, Tony Melillo, who dressed Leonardo DiCaprio for the film The Beach, opened a new year-round ATM shop in East Hampton on Memorial Day weekend. The store features the easy-chic, luxury casual wear (for men and women) craved by Hamptons stylistas. There is also a new line of shoes, camo sweatsuits, T-shirt dresses, bodysuits, and hand-painted pants (20 Newtown Lane; 631-527-7271; atmcollection.com).


Tiina the Store is great for beachy brands. They carry some that are harder to find, like The Elder Statesman. I recently picked up sweaters and blankets for the beach there (216 Main Street, Amagansett; 631-267-6200; tiinathestore.com). I get my son’s clothes at Clic General Store; they have a nice selection of baby clothes and great gifts, like caftans (60 Newtown Lane, East Hampton; 631-527-7102; ehgeneralstore@clic.com).


The Sunset Beach Hotel in Shelter Island has a great beachside boutique; it doesn’t feel like a hotel gift shop at all (35 Shore Road, Shelter Island Heights; 631-749-2001; sunsetbeachli.com). I’ve been wearing Orlebar Brown bathing suits for years; the fit is wonderful, and I like that they have exclusive styles there every season (55 Newtown Lane, East Hampton; 631-324-3960; orlebar-brown.com). Pilgrim Surf & Supply has super beachy surf wear and a great selection of hats (4 Amagansett Square, Amagansett; 631-267-3598; pilgrimsurfsupply.com).


Lazy Point sells a collection of interesting vintage and boho home goods and decorative items (171 Main Street, Amagansett; 631-604-1268; lazy pointvariety.com). For the best lamps, I always suggest Comer ford Collection (2442 Main Street, Bridge Hampton; 631-537-6200). I have this perfect hammock from Love Adorned (Amagansett Square, 156 Main Street, Amagansett; 631-267-7720; eastend@loveadorned.com). They also carry great little trinkets. French Presse is the place for beautiful bedding, towels, and linens (160 Main Street, Amagansett; 917-864-9711; frenchpresse.com).


Bloom has great handcrafted pottery, candles, and the best linen napkins from Society. Last season, they had these really beautiful water pitchers (43 Madison Street, Sag Harbor; 631-725-5940). GIFTS I like going to Aerin (83 Main Street, Southampton; 631-353-3773; aerin.com).

Mark Zeff

MARKZEFF is an interdisciplinary architecture and design firm that emphasizes innovation and originality in every project. Founded in 1985 by Mark Zeff, the firm has created extraordinary environments all over the world. Based in Dumbo, Brooklyn, the company specializes in a broad range of work from luxury residential, hospitality, and retail to high-end real estate development to product and brand development to super yacht design. 


Sylvester & Co. is one of my favorite stores in the Hamptons. A real gem with offerings from home decor, books, clothes, and furniture to sweet dog must-haves. They have a bar in the back that serves great local iced coffee, tea, and baked goods. My kids really like going there for the delicious cookies that are displayed in large, old-fashioned cookie jars (103 Main Street, Sag Harbor; 631-725-5012; sylvesterandco.com).


Shopping at Homenature is a pleasure. I always find a great mix of things for the home that are made with organic, natural materials. The furniture is clean, modern, and timeless (6 Main Street; 631-287-6277; homenature.com/collections/southampton).


 Mecox Gardens is the mecca for outdoor furniture. It’s where I find super stylish antique, vintage, and new garden furniture! The beautiful gardens and displays, spread over three acres, is also terrific (257 County Road 39A, Southampton; 866-956-8552 or 631-287-5015; mecox.com)


Neo Studio is one of the best home interiors galleries in the Hamptons. Founded by a former Elle Decor editor, it’s a great resource for fabulous lighting and never disappoints (25 Madison Street, Sag Harbor; 631-725-5632).


Loaves & Fishes Cookshop is a paradise if you enjoy cooking as much as we do! We really appreciate the curated approach this family-owned business takes in its collection of kitchen and entertaining essentials, homeware, and perfect gift selections (2266 Montauk Highway, Sagaponack; 631-537-6066; landfcookshop. com).


I love going to Marders nursery to check out the rare and unusual plants. I have been buying from this family business for many years and they have everything you need for the garden: seeds, soil, plants and trees, garden statuary, books, and even great items for indoors too. The staff is incredibly knowledgeable and is always ready to help (120 Snake Hollow Road, Bridge Hampton; 631- 537-3700; marders.com).


The three must-check-out places on our hit list for the local art scene are The Fireplace Project (851 Springs Fireplace Road, East Hampton; 631-324- 4666; thefireplaceproject.com), Eric Firestone Gallery (4 Newtown Lane, East Hampton; 631-604-2386; ericfirestonegallery.com), and Harpers Books (87 Newtown Lane; 631-324-1131; harpersbooks.com) for photography.

Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss 

As founder and creative director of Shoshanna, the designer launched her label in 1993 and has been a longtime fashion influencer in the Hamptons and New York.


Joey Wolffer (formerly The Styleliner) has beautiful, unique brands and one-of-a-kind pieces that satisfy my love of color, beading, and bohemian style. I love their jewelry too. They carry Elisa Solomon and Elisabeth Bell, two of my favorites (11 Madison Street, Sag Harbor; joeywolffer.com). Stella & Ruby has the best children clothes in all of the Hamptons. I always find something fun and yummy there (144 Main Street, Sag Harbor; 631-919-5222; stellaandrubyhamptons.com).


If I’m not wearing my cover-ups, I go for the simple lines of James Perse. I love his surf vibe—clean and cool (56 Newtown Lane, East Hampton; 631- 907-9270; jamesperse.com).

FURNITURE AND DECORATIVE ITEMS: Homenature is a fantastic shop for all things home (6 Main Street, Southampton; 631-287-6277; homenature.com/collections/southampton). Harbor Books is my all-time favorite shop in the Hamptons. They have the best coffee table books, which I love to place all around my home (20 Main Street, Sag Harbor; 631-808-3401; harborbookssgh.com).


I love Gallery Valentine, especially the Peter Anton pieces (3 Newtown Lane; 631-329-3100; galleryvalentine.com). I am crazy for many artists at Eric Firestone, especially Jen Stark (4 Newtown Lane, East Hampton; 631- 604-2386; ericfirestonegallery.com).


The Marbella collection at RH East Hampton, The Gallery is chic, modern, and timeless (RH East Hampton, The Gallery, 69 Main Street, East Hampton; 631-907-1300; restorationhardware.com).


Hydrangeas just sing summer to me! We have all colors in my home. I love cutting them with my children and placing them throughout the house. I am also growing Japanese wisteria on my pergolas, but this seems to be a longer undertaking than I imagined. One day they will be beautiful, I hope! When I don’t use flowers from my garden, I go to Sag Harbor Florist (3 Bay Street, Sag Harbor; 631- 725-1400; sagharborflorist.net)

Jenné Lombardo 

Jenné Lombardo, cofounder of MADE Fashion Week and founder of The Terminal Presents, a strategic brand consultancy, summers in Montauk.
Bob Melet and his family have scoured the planet to bring one-of-a kind vintage items to life in his incredible warehouse space, Melet Mercantile. I find it literally impossible to leave empty-handed (102 Industrial Road, Montauk; 631-668-9080; meletmercantile.com).
Surf Bazaar at The Surf Lodge for swimsuits, jewelry, and gifts for friends and my children (183 Edgemere Street, Montauk; 631-668-1035; thesurf bazaar.com).
My friends own Botanica Bazaar, an amazing all-natural apothecary. I could spend hours there testing new products and learning about holistic approaches to wellness (14 Amagansett Square, Amagansett; 631-267- 5660; botanicabazaar.com).
DECORATIVE ITEMS: Love Adorned has such a well-curated selection of eye candy that every time I go in, I feel like I am finding something new (Amagansett Square, 156 Main Street, Amagansett; 631-267-7720; loveadorned.com).
FLOWERS: I love walking into Flowers by Beth, even when I don’t have an occasion to buy flowers. They have the most beautiful individual flower stems and succulent terrariums that always inspire me (255 Main Street, Amagansett; 631-267-2620 for the studio; flowersbybeth.com).