As New Yorkers headed to their Hamptons retreats for a summer of sun and surf this year, the Cultivated the team followed suit, gearing up for a season of events and parties down East to celebrate the inaugural edition of Hamptons magazine. On July 15, these festivities began with an intimate evening of cocktails, dinner and bonfire on the beach organized in partnership with the sustainable women-led fashion brand Another Tomorrow and which took place in Sagaponack, New York, home of its founder Vanessa Barboni Hallik. A dynamic group of women at the forefront of arts, culture, fashion and technology attended the beach chic affair, co-hosted by Cultivated founder and editor-in-chief Sarah Harrelson alongside artist Sheree Hovsepian, deputy director of the New Museum and guest curator of the International Center of Photography Isolde Brielmaier and Barboni Hallik.
Upon arrival at Barboni Hallik’s summer residence, guests were treated to handcrafted cocktails made with Casa Dragones Blanco tequila and wines from RGNY, two women-owned businesses with sustainable practices. Attendees, including Glori Cohen, Kelly Behun, Alexis Hoag, Enuma Okoro, Kyle DeWoody, Lindsay Peoples Wagner, Jessica Willis, Bertha González Nieves, Cynthia Rowley and Kelly Taxter, engaged in lively conversations while admiring the beautiful dinner setup in open air where a long table decorated with flowers and calligraphic place cards was illuminated by twinkling lights in the trees above. A three-course dinner prepared by Hamptons Aristocrat caterers followed welcome drinks, offering diners plates including cucumber panna cotta with smoked watermelon and whipped feta, ricotta gnocchi with mushrooms and the shaved black truffle. Several dishes were accompanied by Casa Dragones while sipping tequila, including the dessert, a delicious lemon meringue pie.
The group then walked to the adjacent beach for a summertime bonfire where the light from the fire reflected off the ocean waves. Admiring the starry sky and the moon shining near Saturn overhead, guests enjoyed fire-roasted s’mores. As they left, they left with gifts to commemorate an evening spent in the company of old and new friends: Another Tomorrow dress, Dr. Barbara Sturm facial products, a Cultivated hat and copy of the Hamptons edition, an essential guide to art and culture in the East End this summer.
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