International DJs Hannah Bronfman and Brendan Fallis’s passion for music is matched only by their passion for each other. The soon-to-be-married pair talk about how they make time for one another, what they think about being called a power couple, and how the Hamptons offers a respite from their busy schedules.
On Bronfman: Tunic top, Lands’ End ($75). Onepiece, J.Crew ($110). 14 Main St., East Hampton, 324-5034. Silk scarf, Lanvin ($550). Saks Fifth Avenue, Walt Whitman Shops, 160 Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station, 350-1100. 14k rose-gold and diamond thin hammered rings ($570 each) and 14k rose-gold thin hammered ring ($280), Julez Bryant. London Jewelers, Americana Manhasset, 2060 Northern Blvd., 516-627-7475; 2 Main St., East Hampton, 329-3939. On Fallis: Cardigan, Thom Browne ($915). Tenet, 91 Main St., Southampton, 377-3981. Shirt, Homecore ($198). Tenet, see above. Max Dirty jean, Acne Studios ($285). Tenet, see above
It's hard to know just where in the world Hannah Bronfman, 28, and her fiancé, Brendan Fallis, 36, might be calling from. “We’re in Muskoka Lake, Ontario, but we were in Cannes, France, yesterday,” says Fallis. Adds Bronfman, “We’re only in New York for one day this week, and then we go straight out to the Hamptons, and then I go from the Hamptons back to France.”
No, this isn’t a perpetual vacation; rather, the world is their office. As successful international DJs, the two, who were engaged last August, travel half the year, spinning at a variety of high-profile affairs, like VH1’s Save the Music charity party last year in Sagaponack and the recent Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at New Jersey’s Liberty State Park, and regularly adding their musical flair to fashion industry events.
The world may think of Bronfman and Fallis as an unstoppable team, but it’s their individual endeavors that helped solidify their relationship. “When I first started dating Brendan, I told him the concept of my first start-up, and he thought it was a genius idea and he connected me with a few of his friends,” says Bronfman. “One of them became my cofounder. And I’ve definitely helped him expand into different fields he might not even have thought he was passionate about or even thought there was a business opportunity there.”
Left, on Hannah: Cardigan ($5,980) and dress ($1,700), Gucci. Americana Manhasset, 2060 Northern Blvd., 516-365-0994. Voyager Signet ring, Eddie Borgo ($150). Intermix, 64 Main St., Southampton, 283-8510. On Brendan: Chambray sport shirt, Polo Ralph Lauren ($125). 32 Main St., East Hampton, 907-0960. Trousers, Salvatore Ferragamo ($450). Americana Manhasset, 516-365-9765. Slim d’Hermès watch, Hermès ($7,650). Americana Manhasset, 516-869-6660. Right, on Bronfman: Printed dress, Valentino ($6,490). Neiman Marcus, Roosevelt Field Mall, 630 Old Country Road, Garden City, 516-368-0500. Earrings, Eddie Borgo ($85). Intermix, 87 Main St., East Hampton, 907-8025. Leather charm necklace, Tod's (price on request). Nordstrom, Roosevelt Field Mall, 516-764-0011. On Fallis: Sweater, Homecore ($285). Tenet, 91 Main St., Southampton, 377-3981. Denim jeans, Salvatore Ferragamo ($430). Americana Manhasset, 2060 Northern Blvd., 516-365-9765
That mutual encouragement has turned Bronfman and Fallis into genuine multihyphenates. A New York native, Bronfman is also a model and the face of several global ad campaigns, a health guru with an impressive social media following, the host of an online show for PopSugar, and a cocreator of the app Beautified, which allows users to book last-minute beauty and wellness appointments. Fallis’s résumé is just as impressive. The Canadian is also a highly sought-after model for brands like Banana Republic and Revlon, and he gained worldwide attention when he created the track "Day and All Night" (with vocals by Kate Moss) for Stuart Weitzman’s Fall 2013 campaign. He also boasts two tracks that made the top 50 on Hype Machine’s Most Popular Remixes chart.
Although their careers may take them across the globe, the soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs. consider the Hamptons their relaxing home base. Fallis and Bronfman spoke exclusively with Hamptons about their collaborative process, their fondness for the East End, and how they make it all work (hint: Google Calendar).
On Bronfman: Shawl cardigan, Magaschoni ($368). 53C Jobs Lane, Southampton, 204-0207. Bikini, Eres ($230). 55 Main St., East Hampton, 604-5544; net-a-porter.com. Ecru distressed jean, Brunello Cucinelli ($775). 39 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, 324-3400. Idle stud earrings, Eddie Borgo ($85). Intermix, 87 Main St., East Hampton, 907-8025. Criss Cross ring, Jennifer Miller Jewelry ($195). 28 Jobs Lane, Southampton, 283-9061; 55 Main St., East Hampton, 329-9061. On Fallis: Camel pullover, Hermès ($2,275). Americana Manhasset, 2060 Northern Blvd., 516-869-6660. Max Dirty jean, Acne Studios ($285). Tenet, 91 Main St., Southampton, 377-3981
How do you make time for each other with such hectic schedules?
Hannah Bronfman: We share a calendar, which makes it so easy. If we’re going to make plans with friends to have dinner, I don’t need to hit him up to see if we can make it work. I can just look at our calendar. It’s just about communication.
Brendan Fallis: We barely see each other at home in New York, so our travel time is really our time to bond.
It seems like you guys get to work together often.
BF: We do as much as we can. We enjoy each other as friends and enjoy our time together a lot. It’s the saving grace of our relationship. We can go to the same festivals, whether it’s SXSW or Coachella. Our relationship could be really tough if we were constantly going to opposite places in the world. We’ve been super fortunate this year, being able to go to the same places. We don’t deejay together a ton, but we’ve had the privilege this year of doing two photo shoots together, including this one, which has been great.
You’re both DJs and very creative. Do you collaborate together much?
HB: There are so many inspiring couples that work together and work really hard. We’re definitely not the type of people who live completely separate lives and we’re just coming together for dinner every night. We want to have that work/life relationship. I think we’re really in growth mode right now and we’re still really trying to build our careers and also build for the future.
BF: Exactly. While we’re focused on our separate brands, we’re also talking about what we can create together.
On Fallis: Walker shirt, Slate & Stone ($148). Impulse, 85 Main St., Westhampton Beach, 288-5406. Max Dirty jean, Acne Studios ($285). Tenet, 91 Main St., Southampton, 377-3981. On Bronfman: Seaside boyfriend cardigan, 525 America. ($248). Dee Jay’s, 11 Main St., Southampton, 283-4183. Ecru distressed jean, Brunello Cucinelli ($775). 39 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, 324-3400. Idle stud earrings, Eddie Borgo ($85). Intermix, 87 Main St., East Hampton, 907-8025
What do you think when people refer to you as a power couple?
BF: It’s obviously a compliment. People think we’re doing cool things, and we’re super fortunate to be in this position, and have worked hard to get here at the same time.
HB: It’s also really inspiring for us. When people say that about us, we’re like, "Uh…" We definitely think that there are way more ways for us to be killing it. So it is motivating for us to have that.
"We’re definitely not the type of people who live completely separate lives and we’re just coming together for dinner every night." —Hannah Bronfman
Hannah, since you grew up in New York, did you spend a lot of time in the Hamptons?
HB: I kind of pride myself on being a native New Yorker, and I had the luxury of being able to go out to the Hamptons throughout my upbringing. It’s really nice to be able to share that with Brendan.
BF: Moving to New York from Canada, I’d take the train out East not knowing anything and just crash at somebody’s rental house. So for me, the Hamptons has really changed because of having Hannah. It’s nice to meet her community and get an insider’s look. It’s become more of a special place to me.
HB: Not only is he not a New Yorker, but he’s not from the States, so it’s really nice to be able to share each other’s places that mean so much to us. Actually, at our engagement party, we had coasters made that had Hamptons on one side and Muskoka [where Brendan’s family vacations] on the other.
On Fallis: Polo, Salvatore Ferragamo ($390). Americana Manhasset, 2060 Northern Blvd., 516-365-9765. Setter chambray swim short, Orlebar Brown ($265). 55 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, 324-3960. On Bronfman: Chroma bandeau bikini ($235 for set) and Zephyr short ($315), Zimmermann. 27 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, 604-6291. Idle stud earrings, Eddie Borgo ($85). Intermix, 87 Main St., East Hampton, 907-8025
Speaking of engagements, what are you most looking forward to about getting married?
BF: We’re excited for all the things that we don’t even know are going to happen. I really enjoy getting through all the ups and downs.
HB: I think we’re also really excited to start a family together.
Do you think you’ll pass on the tradition of going to the Hamptons to your kids?
HB: Yes, absolutely, we would love to be able to do that.
BF: We were talking about that today. We’d love to introduce our kids to the Hamptons and Muskoka, where I grew up.
HB: Having our children experience both sides is going to be a huge thing for us, especially because we’re both very family-oriented people. We’re just looking forward to building a future together.
Photography by: photography by MELANIE ACEVEDO; Styling by Faye Power; Styling assistance by Connor Childers; Hair by Nikki Nelms
Makeup by Merrell Hollis using Diorskin Nude for KenBarboza.com; Grooming by Asia Geiger for Art Department/
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