With two East End stores, and a pri­vate run­way show in Southampton, Michael Kors has your fall es­sen­tials all set.

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The buzzi­est words these days in re­tail aren’t “brick and mor­tar,” but don’t tell that to Michael Kors, who has two of the high­est-gross­ing stores in the Hamptons. The se­cret to their suc­cess, ac­cord­ing to the de­signer? “They’re re­laxed and laid-back but still glam­orous.” That’s also a fit­ting de­scrip­tion of the East End.

“I love that you can spend the morn­ing bare­foot on the beach, head into town for an amaz­ing lunch, and then shop at great bou­tiques in the af­ter­noon,” Kors says of the area. “It’s the per­fect blend. And prox­im­ity means ev­ery­thing.” Kors names Sant Am­broeus as one of his fa­vorite local spots. “Hav­ing one right next to my Southampton store is dan­ger­ous. I can never say no!” As for other fa­vorites, “I al­ways find some­thing new to be ob­sessed with at Hom­e­na­ture, Round Swamp Farm has the most de­li­cious pre­pared foods and desserts in the Hamptons, the Par­rish Art Mu­seum’s vast range is al­ways in­spir­ing and the ar­chi­tec­ture is di­vine, and I love catch­ing a per­for­mance at the Westhampton Beach Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter.” Yet even with all this ac­tiv­ity, there’s al­ways time for an­other passion of his—shop­ping.

Kors, who grew up in the sub­urbs of Long Is­land, is first to ad­mit he loves to shop—and that helps him un­der­stand his cus­tomers. His stores are per­fect sources for day-to-evening dress­ing, and the Southampton lo­ca­tion fea­tures a large se­lec­tion of Michael Kors Collection ready-to-wear. “You can find a dress for a spe­cial event, or run in and pick up a great sweater if you’re on your way to din­ner and re­al­ize it’s cold out,” Kors sug­gests. “The East Hamp­ton store is larger, and cus­tomers who shop there tend to grav­i­tate to­ward shoes and bags. The store fea­tures more from our MICHAEL Michael Kors la­bel, both what’s on trend and clas­sic Hamptons pieces like white jeans, straw bags, and great swimwear.”

Fall for Kors is all about feel. “I’m a tex­ture junkie,” he says. “You need a few great, sump­tu­ous knits. Of course, I’m also out­er­wear-ob­sessed, so I think ev­ery year you should treat your­self to a fab­u­lous new coat. For this sea­son, look for one with a stronger shoul­der.” To com­plete the look, he rec­om­mends “a longer skirt that re­veals the leg when you walk, and you want a pair of high­waisted pleated trousers.” For this fall, Kors was in­spired by the “idea of strength, but looked at through a very sensual lens. The hy­brid of those two things,” he says, “is the per­fect ex­pres­sion of how peo­ple want to look today.” 19 New­town Lane, East Hamp­ton, 631-267-2200; 30 Main St., Southampton, 631283-2633; michaelkors.com


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