by Moses Y. Bension
A few years ago, women on the streets of Manhattan were spotted wearing medallion-adorned ballet flats produced out of an Upper East Side apartment by Penn alumna and New York socialite Tory Burch. The “Reva” exploded and has since become a prep essential, proving we’re not a stuffy group incapable of welcoming newcomers into closets full of J. Press, L.L. Bean, and Lilly Pulitzer.
Vogue’s new March issue takes a tour of Burch’s newly acquired twenty-five-room neo-Georgian Southampton estate, originally built in 1929 by Beaux-Arts firm Hiss & Weekes (responsible for oh so many residences in the Berkshires and Gold Coast). With the help of designers Daniel Romualdez and Penn classmate Eve Hood, Burch filled every square foot of intimidating formal space, including the ballroom, with pieces they found at estate sales and her already-existing collection of antique furniture. Without sacrificing the house’s original integrity, treasures like the Parisian wallpaper, old English furniture, and Indian cotton prints embrace each other, giving the house a warm cozy inviting feel. Outside, Burch had the pool pavilion and formal garden restored to its former glory with the pool house’s dining room set for lunch or afternoon tea. It doesn’t get much more prep than that.
Be sure and check out the pictures of the ballroom in March Vogue’s full spread.