CON­NECT­ING THE DOTS

DE­SIGNER BLYTHE HAR­RIS, CHIEF CRE­ATIVE OF­FI­CER OF THE SO­CIAL-SELL­ING LIFE­STYLE BRAND STELLA & DOT, TALKS IN­SPI­RA­TION AND HER NEW COL­LAB WITH THE WAINSCOTTBASED SER­ENA & LILY. BY JULIE EARLE-LEVINE

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De­signer Blythe Har­ris, chief cre­ative of­fi­cer of the so­cial-sell­ing

Tell us about Stella & Dot. My part­ner, the founder, is a fel­low Stan­ford grad, Jes­sica Her­rin. We met at an alumni event in 2007. We re­launched her com­pany, Luxe Jewels, as a so­cial-sell­ing model un­der the name Stella & Dot, af­ter our grand­moth­ers. I started repo­si­tion­ing the prod­uct line as mi­dlevel bou­tique-style cos­tume jew­elry, open­ing a de­sign stu­dio in NYC and fo­cus­ing on our man­u­fac­tur­ing over­seas. What’s the con­cept? We fo­cused on jew­elry for a long time but have evolved into more of a life­style brand. This sum­mer we have all the beach es­sen­tials: tu­nics, sun­glasses, beach totes, and fun, light lay­ers. This col­lec­tion is ev­ery­thing you’d need to pack for a beach get­away. The Hamp­tons in­spired a lot of our pieces. How so? The Hamp­tons has drawn artists for a long time. There’s some­thing about the light and the air and the vibe that’s very con­ducive to be­ing cre­ative. My hus­band and I love the Hamp­tons, which is where we had one of our first dates. We moved around the world so much and lived in 17 places, then we found a lit­tle place in Sag Har­bor and pur­chased it just weeks be­fore our first baby, Olive, was born. I worked from there, and it was so nice to have a home base to draw from cre­atively. I gave a TED talk about this: As a cre­ative, you need to take in­put from the out­side world, but you also need a cre­ative foun­da­tion that de­fines you and your point of view.

What’s your ear­li­est Hamp­tons mem­ory? The first time I went was with my grandma, Dot. We went to Mon­tauk, where her friend had a house, when I was about 10. We went to the beach, and it felt like a mag­i­cal place. I re­mem­ber it be­ing so beau­ti­ful. It was Septem­ber, the weather was cooler, and the light was so pretty. You’ve done a great col­lec­tion with Ser­ena Du­gan, co­founder and de­sign head of Ser­ena & Lily. Ser­ena is my clos­est friend in Cal­i­for­nia. She and I met be­cause peo­ple said we had to. We have the same roles in our com­pa­nies, kids the same age, the ex­act same car. We’d talk about our cre­ative pro­cesses. We share a love of home­made things, tra­di­tional arts and crafts, and In­dia. We both do tai­lored bo­hemia. We trav­eled to­gether to Jaipur last year and went to each other’s ar­ti­san work­shops. It was in­spir­ing to see In­dia through her eyes. The Stella & Dot and Ser­ena & Lily col­lab­o­ra­tion is a luxe col­lec­tion of cou­ture— em­broi­dered bibs, clutches, pil­lows, and tex­tiles that share our bo­hemian vibes. Ser­ena & Lily, 332 Mon­tauk Hwy., Wain­scott, 631-5375544; ser­e­naan­dlily.com; stel­ladot.com

“THE COL­LAB­O­RA­TION WITH SER­ENA & LILY IS A LUXE COL­LEC­TION OF COU­TURE.”— BLYTHE HAR­RIS

Blythe Har­ris (left, with Ser­ena & Lily co­founder Ser­ena Du­gan) has trans­formed Stella & Dot from a small jew­elry com­pany into a life­style brand with a dis­tinctly East End aes­thetic.

Stella & Dot’s Hamp­tons-in­spired sum­mer col­lec­tion of­fers ev­ery­thing you’d need for a beach get­away, in­clud­ing Har­ris’s Taj clutch ($79).

LEFT: Pari chan­de­lier ear­rings ($98). RIGHT: Kali tu­nic ($119).

Stella & Dot’s Florence bracelet (TOP, $159) and tiered Florence neck­lace (BOT­TOM, $269).

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