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How 'Hamptons' Founder Randy Schindler Redefined the East End

By Hamptons Staff | June 7, 2018 | Culture

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“If I knew what I was getting myself into, I probably wouldn’t have started Hamptons so many years ago. It was 1977. I was studying art and wanted to become a sculptor but needed some English credits to graduate. My girlfriend’s uncle owned a computer-typesetting business and it all came together. I decided to use it to make the first issue of what eventually became this glossy publication. It was really an art project that focused on artists. In the first issue I ran Q&A’s with Roy Lichtenstein, Willem de Kooning and Larry Rivers. I was a creative person but also had to run the business side. Sometimes it felt like I was selling my soul. I was starting to lose faith when Cornelia Guest and Calvin Klein took me to see Andy Warhol who told me, ‘This is so great… you have to keep doing it. Hire rich kids to help you run it. They don’t need to get paid.’ In the 1980s and 1990s the magazine came into its own. It was a crazy time. The world was about partying and power and that culture influenced the publication. As we went on I wanted to shape the magazine more like Vanity Fair but we didn’t have the budget for those writers. What we did have were supermodels and great photographers, like [Francesco] Scavullo, [Peter] Beard and [Patrick] Demarchelier, who wanted to be part of the magazine for free. We took advantage of these amazing resources, and that’s also why the magazine was so picture driven. I took on partners, but that didn’t work out and eventually I sold my share. Hamptons was a culmination of timing, money, excess, cult of personalities. It was an amazing, at times turbulent, time in my life. I do miss that sometimes, but I’m happy to see new storytellers coming to hold fort out in the Hamptons. Every era needs a witness.”



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