It was only two short years ago that trained interior designer Roxane Mosleh opened the first MissoniHome boutique in Southampton. Now, the entrepreneurial home expert has moved her high-end operations to a new space. Also located in Southampton at 94 Main St., the multi-brand store called Pomme not only stocks all of Missoni’s current and classic designs but other carefully sourced home and gift items from brands like Kartell, Bolon and Trend-Group.
To find out more about this new luxury home shopping destination, we caught up with Mosleh.
Long Island Pulse: Can you tell us a little bit about your background?
Roxane Mosleh: I’ve been an industry professional for 20 years as a trained interior designer. I’ve taken all of my experiences and put them towards running boutiques in Southampton – first opening a MissoniHome mono-brand store and now I’ve incorporated that MissoniHome stock with other like brands, opening the new Pomme luxury living boutique.
Pulse: How did the idea come about to open a boutique?
RM: The idea came naturally for me as an interior designer, thinking about what I would want in an East End boutique and what would make my life easier as a customer. I chose home and giftware because these are things that local residents take pride in and I include many European designs because that’s something I’m passionate about.
Pulse: How involved is the Missoni family in the home business?
RM: The Missoni family remains very involved in all aspects of the home brand to this day, as do their Torrani and Jelmini cousins. Rosita Missoni is the Creative Director for the MissoniHome brand and has a leading role in product design and creative choices for the home business.
Pulse: What made you decide to open in the Hamptons?
RM: My husband and partner, Bobby Ginsberg, and I are very rooted in the Hamptons. Southampton, specifically, holds a lot of history for us. It’s where Bobby trained many horses. In fact, we now reside in its original clubhouse. The name “Pomme” actually came from Bobby’s horse Pomme Lady, with whom he has placed in numerous Grand Prix. Last year, with MissoniHome, we were proud to open a pop-up boutique at The Hampton Classic horse show. I think the Hamptons, even more than other places, takes pride in unique, home-grown businesses, rather than chain stores, so it’s a perfect fit for Pomme.
Pulse: How did the move from your previous space come about?
RM: I was looking for a space with more room for storage, but it was important to stay in Southampton because it’s the most central of the Hampton villages and is emerging as a destination for the East End home furnishings market. We found the place on Main Street and knew immediately it would be a perfect new home for our boutique.
Pulse: Can you highlight some of your favorite pieces?
RM: Some of my favorite MissoniHome pieces are anything from the Cordula furniture collection. The Nap modular sofa is also a great product and comes in versions for indoor or outdoor use. MissoniHome throws are also one of my “must-have” items as they are comfortable and beautiful as well as stain-resistant, which is so important in family homes.
Pulse: How often do you get new pieces?
RM: During spring and summer we receive shipments regularly in addition to offering sales on previous years’ discontinued items. During the fall and winter we receive fewer shipments but always take orders and process client shipments at anytime.
Pulse: Do you have any MissoniHome exclusives? Any special events planned?
RM: Pomme is one of the few stores to incorporate both MissoniHome pieces such as pillows, poufs, furniture, bedding, towels, etc. and select Missoni fashion items, like their beautiful sunglasses. As for upcoming special events, I’ll be conducting a series of design workshops this summer, open to the public through registration on pommenewyork.com. Coming up on August 1st at 2pm, I’ll present new releases from the 2015 Milan Fair, including some of my favorites from Salone del Mobile and tips on how to incorporate European design into the Hamptons aesthetic.
Pulse: Can you tell us about some of your favorite East End spots?
RM: Two of my favorite spots to visit are Longhouse Reserve and Madoo Conservancy madoo.org. Both are a must-see to take in the beauty of the Hamptons gardens. I frequently go to Campbell Stables campbellstables.com to visit the most prestigious farm and horses of the East End, and of course I see my husband there as well, as he operates the Campbell facility. It’s the perfect place to plan for riding lessons on your weekend Hampton getaway.
A few dining favorites: first one is in Hampton Bays at 1 North http://www.1northsteakhouse.com/ for the best steak, steak sauces and fresh roasted bacon brussel sprouts west of the canal. We are also frequent diners at The Southampton Social Club, where you find a fabulous nightlife and dining atmosphere http://www.southamptonsocialclub.com/ and LT Burger in Sag Harbor http://www.ltburger.com/ for the perfect family night out with the kids, milkshakes and local farm to table specials.
Pulse: What’s an ideal Hampton day for you?
RM: An ideal day in the Hamptons would start with brunch at Pierre’s restaurant in Bridgehampton. From there I would visit my husband at Campbell Stables where he manages the barn and spend some time feeding and visiting the horses. After that I would head to Cooper’s Beach to spend the rest of the day relaxing and soaking up the Southampton air.