Hairstyling powerhouse Julien Farel shares the East Hampton destinations he equates with vacation time.
John Varvatos store in East Hampton.
Popular New York City hairstylist Julien Farel’s professional life is busy—Farel oversees a roster of top-rated salons, styles the hair of the fashion elite, including Kate Beckinsale, Salma Hayek, and Rafael Nadal, and helms an eponymous line of antiag- ing haircare that he launched in 2011. This year, he also opened the Julien Farel Restore Salon & Spa at the newly renovated Loews Regency Hotel, and this month, he will have his annual pop-up salon at the US Open. However, when he is at his East Hampton home with his family, simpler things prevail. Here are a few of his favorite quiet-time spots:
“It is all about the beach, the sand, the family time,” says Farel of his days spent in East Hampton, where his East End uniform is strictly casual. But that doesn’t stop him from peeking into his favorite shops: “Although I leave my formal wear in NYC, I love checking out the luxe Brunello Cucinelli (39 Newtown Lane, 324-3400) shop out in the Hamptons,” he explains. “Another favorite is John Varvatos (54 Newtown Lane, 324-4440).”
Brunello Cucinelli suede sport jacket ($5,580).
One special destination is Ralph Lauren (31-33 Main St., 324-1222) for a favorite summer staple. “My wife buys me great polos and T-shirts from Ralph Lauren. I love wearing the brand’s beach T-shirts that have ‘East Hampton’ embroidered somewhere on them,” Farel explains.
While he looks nowhere but his own salon for styling and hair products, Farel says he loves White’s Apothecary (81 Main St., 324-0082) for just about everything else. “Whatever you need is there and it’s convenient,” he says. One must-have is Vbeauté’s Day Job sunscreen for the face.
Fornasetti candle ($165), available at Turpan.
Always on the search for the perfect home accessories, Farel says he makes frequent trips to Gustavo Olivieri Antiques (74 Montauk Hwy., 537-2811), which “offers a lot of unique décor that we’re always scoping out for our vacation home.” When they’re looking for items for everyday use, Farel and his family “usually pop into Turpan (55 Main St., 324-2444) for basic houseware needs, such as candles and stationery.”
And when it comes to rounding out the day, Farel looks to fitness as a high priority. “In addition to my early-morning runs, I also love taking a SoulCycle (68 Newtown Lane, 324- 6600) class near my home in East Hampton,” he says.