A natural fit for the Hamptons’ shopping scene, Macrae Skye breaks ground on its first brick-and-mortar in the heart of Amagansett.
From left: Skye jumpsuit in Blue Depths; hooded Poppy sweatshirt in Dubarry; Cameron dress in Blue Poppy.
Boasting an adventure-ready spring 2022 collection, From Global to Local, the brand makes its mark with children’s clothing pieces that are not only stylish and bold but also oh-so-sustainable. The founder behind it all, Kim Slicklein is a social entrepreneur and lifelong humanitarian with more than two decades of experience in sustainability and social enterprise under her belt. “Macrae Skye is all about the connection between local and global, and the celebration of both,” says Slicklein. “The Hamptons represents the Macrae Skye brand well in that it has a distinct local vibe, while attracting people from around the world.”
As a mother of two, she saw firsthand how quickly babies grow up—and out of their clothes. Cue Macrae Skye’s mission: to provide parents with ethically made children’s clothing that uses fewer natural resources, reduces waste and helps those in need. “Sustainable fashion means that I’m mindful of every step of the life cycle of my garments, from initial design to the sourcing of materials, to the manufacturing partners that I choose, to the wages that we pay, to the way in which we ship and package our products,” she explains. “Every element of the process is important.” All of this is wrapped up and represented by the brand’s endless knot logo. “The Macrae Skye endless knot is made with a single cord, weaving within itself many times, with no beginning or end. It represents our interconnectedness to each other as people and to nature. It also speaks to our closed-loop system, which includes our circular initiative, Tomorrow Skye.” This nonprofit extension of Macrae Skye reduces waste and helps women and children in domestic abuse shelters by collecting gently used clothing from all brands and redistributing them to those who need it most.
From Left: All Day Long pajamas in the Sky Is the Limit print in Provence Blue; Jessie jumpsuit and the Biggs bomber; Skye jumpuit in Bubblegum.
As for what’s on the racks? The From Global to Local collection showcases an array of dresses, jumpsuits, joggers and more—on top of its bestselling pajamas and newly added bathing suits. Sporting expressive hand-drawn prints in collaboration with illustrator Emily Taylor, there’s a story and significance behind every piece. Slicklein notes, “I love all of my pieces and prints, and each design has a special meaning, crafted to represent a particular time in my life.” Most notable is the Stamp print, an ensemble of custom-made stamps that pay homage to each of the countries she and her family have lived in: the Netherlands, England, Scotland, the United States and South Africa. But don’t worry, there’s plenty of Hamptons flair to go around too. “Taylor has created stunning graphics for our spring collection, paying homage to iconic Hamptons locations including Sag Harbor, East Hampton, Montauk, Napeague and, of course, Amagansett.” She continues, “The Salt Marsh print was inspired by the Atlantic coastline of Long Island, with a specific nod to the beautiful marriage of color and texture found here in the Hamptons.” With its grand opening underway this Memorial Day, grab the kids and shop in store for styles that last a lifetime and help heal our home in more ways than one. 136 Main St., Amagansett, macraeskye.com
Photography by: PHOTOS COURTESY OF BRAND