Behind the Scenes at Hampton Classic: Inside the Boutique Garden

Every year Hampton Classic executive director Shanette Barth Cohen promises herself she’s going to do some shopping at the Boutique Garden. And every year she gets so busy that she often just finds time to say hello to all the merchants. But with more than 70 boutiques inside the Boutique Garden there’s plenty of shopping to be done at Hampton Classic.

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Ghurka is introducing their new women’s line of handbags and furniture. Yes furniture. And everyone needs a bag for the Classic. They suggest this one that could fit your riding boots.

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Another necessity is a hat to keep the bright, hot sun off. And hats there are a plenty from GiGi’s of New York to ones at a boutique proudly bearing a hand made, good trade sign.

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Fashionable long necklaces can be found at KC Signatures. They also have some not as dangly ones, if that’s more you’re liking.

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Hunt LTD has fashionable clothes for riding and for spectators, including plenty of airy tanks for the hot days.

And don’t forget to stop by Hermes; two judges picked the boutique as the best of the more than 70 boutiques on display.

“Last year, we finished third, so we knew we had to step it up this year to win,” Priscilla Smith of Hermes said in a statement. “We’re now an official sponsor and supplier for the U.S. Equestrian Federation, and I think those products gave us some snap. But we also have a strong presence in silk this year, and we’ve brought out a lot of exciting colors too.”

“Plus we have ‘Hermy the Horse’ this year, and I think he brought us a lot of luck.”

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“Hermy the Horse” (atop shelf) accented the bright colors of the Hermes boutique, winner of the Hampton Classic Boutique Contest.