IN THE SPIRIT OF THE HAMPTONS BOOK – From May to September every year, society’s elite migrates to a small strip of land on the South Fork of Long Island, the Hamptons, one of the most exclusive and chic spots in the country. From the glamorous parties and unparalleled beaches to the mega-estates and its storied history, the Hamptons are magnetic.

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IN THE SPIRIT OF THE HAMPTONS
BY KELLY KILLOREN BENSIMON
FOREWORD BY PAMELA FIORI

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This beautifully illustrated updated edition of “In the Spirit of the Hamptons” by Kelly Killoren Bensimon, including a new foreword by Pamela Fiori, Combines photo archives and beautiful shots from famous vacationers, catpuring the past and present, the mix of culture, stunning beaches, exclusive homes, day-to-day small-town life and the people who have made the Hamptons such a unique place.

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“You can see many celebrities enjoying themselves, like Paul McCartney going sailing or Stella McCartney on the bike. Ralph Lauren drives his extensive vintage car collection around the area while Donna Karan raised her family here and brought a shop and a restaurant to Sag Harbour.

Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller even spent their honeymoon in the Hamptons. When it comes to partying, Puff Daddy’s legendary White Party is a must. A little revolution as Americans are not supposed to wear white before Memorial Day. The Hamptons are a magical place all through the year. In the winter months it is beautiful to bundle up and walk your dog on the beach. You can go horseback riding, enjoy indoor tennis and many more activities.

By the way, we call the Hamptons the Beach!“ Kelly Killoren Bensimon

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It is right to say that the best-known residents of this exclusive cluster of towns open their personal albums and invite you to see the Hamptons – their way. Also Calvin Klein, Julian Schnabel, Patrick Demarchelier (read the previous post about him) and Peter Beard share their visions of one of the most unusual getaway spots in the country. More than a playground for the rich and famous, the Hamptons has an incredibly diverse community.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kelly Killoren Bensimon is an author, editor, model, and tastemaker. She appeared on three seasons of Bravo’s hit show The Real Housewives of New York. She is also the author of “I Can Make You Hot!” released in spring 2012, “American Style” and “The Bikini Book”, all published by Assouline. She is currently a regular contributor to Hamptons magazine, Gotham magazine, and am New York. Kelly and her two daughters split their time between New York City and East Hampton.

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Pamela Fiori’s career in magazine publishing spans more than forty years. She was editor in chief of Town & Country, America’s premier magazine for the affluent in America, for seventeen years. Before that, she was editor in chief of Travel + Leisure for fourteen years. An authority on luxury, travel, style, connoisseurship and philanthropy, Fiori writes and speaks frequently on these subjects. Her first book, Stolen Moments, is a tribute to the photography of Ronny Jaques, a contemporary of Richard Avedon and Lillian Bassman. She is the co-author of A Table at Le Cirque and has also written In the Spirit of Capri, In the Spirit of St. Barths and In the Spirit of Palm Beach for Assouline.

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