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Bridgehampton Polo 2012 Opens for Its Sweet Sixteenth Season

Submitted by on July 25, 2012 – 5:40 pmNo Comment
Peter Brant, Nacho Figueras

Peter Brant, Nacho Figueras

By Heather Buchanan

Photos by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com

Bridgehampton Polo 2012 opened its Sweet Sixteenth Season on Saturday July 21st, albeit with an exhibition match due to the slick rain-soaked field. Luckily the sun was shining on the who’s who of the Hamptons sophisticated social scene.  Guests under the VIP tent were happy to luxuriate in the lounge area with a crisp Bertaud Belieu Rosé or Grey Goose Vodka Hamptons Punch infused with fresh grapefruit and strawberries.

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Bertaud Belieu Victoria Kroshnaya

Beautiful picnic baskets from Gabby Karan De Felice’s Tutto Il Giorno were the must have item for all the fashionable tailgaters (be sure to order yours the Wednesday before the match polo@Tuttoilgiorno.com.)

Gabby Karan De Felice

Gabby Karan De Felice

The relaxed atmosphere at polo is the perfect time to catch up with old and new friends as well as valued clients.  Don’t let the casual attire fool you – these are power players of media, fashion, and business and Saturday afternoons at Polo are their business meets pleasure playground.  Style watchers are paying attention to this fashionable crowd.

Hadley Nagel

Hadley Nagel

And for the luxury brand aficionado there is always something to learn under the Bridgehampton Polo VIP Tent.  Are you aware of Ferrari’s newest offering?

Bridgehampton Polo 2012 Ferrari

Do you know the proper way to light a cigar or the key ingredient you want to avoid in caviar?  Check out our Bridgehampton Polo Luxury Tips of the Day.

Bridgehampton Polo 2012

THE NEW BRIDGEHAMPTON POLO VIP EXPERIENCE

Shamin Abas

Shamin Abas

Past years where the focus of polo was engulfed by the party led to witty quips such as Bill McCuddy’s “I went to a party in the Hamptons and a polo game broke out.”  With the game front and center and a revamped exclusive viewing experience this year, the raves came in.   With Shamin Abas Public Relations holding the reins, understated elegance has returned and the sophisticated social crowd like Jim Shi,Tony Melillo, Broadway producers Stewart Lane and Bonnie Comley, Andrew Saffir, Daniel Benedict, and Samantha Yanks with it.  Both the equestrian and jet set worlds have given their stamp or should we say “stomp of the divot” approval on the more exclusive approach.

Andrew Saffir, Samantha Yanks, Daniel Benedict

Andrew Saffir, Samantha Yanks, Daniel Benedict

You know when pocket handkerchiefs and debates on the headlines of The Financial Times abound that class is back.  Be sure you’ve got the FT app on your iPhone.

Dawn Rowan of NBC 4 New York noted, “This year’s event is back to a level of sophistication it was meant to be.  I look forward to the season.”

HSBC Kathryn Kelly, Ralph and Aice Lettieri

HSBC Kathryn Kelly, Ralph and Aice Lettieri

HSBC’s Kathryn Kelly entertained her clients in the stylish field side lounge commenting, “It’s a perfect extension from Wellington to the Hamptons to align with our clients and offer them only the best experience.”

Veronica Webb and Chris Del Gatto

Veronica Webb and Chris Del Gatto

Of the new quality over quantity experience CIRCA’s Chris Del Gatto noted, “As a polo player and polo lover it’s great to see people watching the game and these amazing athletes, horses and riders.”  Veronica Webb added, “There’s nothing more elegant than polo in a family environment.”  Be sure to check out the cover story on Del Gatto and Webb in sponsor Hamptons Magazine.

Gianpaolo, Sebastian, and Gabrielle De Felice,

Gianpaolo, Sebastian, and Gabrielle De Felice

Gianpaolo De Felice Co-Founder of Zen Air, a private aviation company known for its top notch aircrafts and jet professionals is new onboard with his Bridgehampton Polo sponsorship.  De Felice said, “I got introduced through polo player Nick Manifold.  It was a way for my family to get involved as well as my company.  We have our own planes and fly all over the world.  I was a pilot for Alitalia as was my father.  For us safety is the main goal.  Also service is very important.  My wife makes it impeccable with her incredible attention to details.”

Stratis Morgan and Family

Stratis Morgan and Family

Attention to details and providing the best of the luxury experience is also important to sponsor Quintessentially Lifestyle with its members only global concierge club dedicated to VIP concierge service.  Just ask around the tent who has one of their magical black cards.

PERFECT POLO FASHION:

Town & Country's Valerie Salembier and Nacho Figueras

Town & Country's Valerie Salembier and Nacho Figueras

Allison Luvera and Valerie Salembier of Town & Country magazine noted the perfect fit with their August issue featuring top young female equestrians.  Salembier said, “Town and Country and polo naturally go together.”

Arbiter of style (and opening ball tosser extraordinaire) Salembier commented on perfect polo fashion, “Historically polo fashion used to be all white.  Now there’s an easy formality.  You see men in fabulous shirts with stripes and polka dots and women keeping with fashion trends which feel very Brazilian today.  People still wear the traditional white but no one bats an eye at a gorgeous orange.”

Countess Luann de Lesseps

Countess Luann de Lesseps

Of course there are always a few women who didn’t get the memo that stilettos on grass are only good if you are aerating a golf course.  Salembier advised, “Wedges work but sandals are so fashionable right now.  All the top designers are making them.”  And in terms of the must have haute polo accessories she revealed, “Sunglasses aren’t just for protection.  Like fine watches, they are not only functional but fashion statements.  I have to have four or more.”

Beth Ostrosky Stern

Beth Ostrosky Stern

Piaget as the official timekeeper of Bridgehampton Polo takes top honor not only for its honored role on the field but gracing the wrists of the glitterati with their Piaget Polo Collection watches for men and women.

BRIDGEHAMPTON POLO HORSEPOWER – THE FERRARI EXPERIENCE AT OPENING DAY

(photos by Patrick McMullan)

Nacho Figueras, Michael Michele and Marco Mattiacci Attend The Ferrari Experience at Opening Day of Bridgehampton Polo

Nacho Figueras, Michael Michele and Marco Mattiacci Attend The Ferrari Experience at Opening Day of Bridgehampton Polo

Horsepower wasn’t only of the four legged variety.  Marco Mattiacci, CEO of Ferrari of North America along with Peter Brant, Bridgehampton Polo Club cofounder and new partner Nacho Figueras hosted the Ferrari Experience on opening day.  Ferrari’s FF, the company’s first four-seater, four wheel drive sports car along with the Americano and Spider models lined the field.  For all the tot-toting guests like Adelina Wong Ettelson, Helen and Tim Schifter, Richie and Jane Notar, and W’s Stefano Tonchi the new FF could be the family friendly Ferrari of their dreams.

Nick Manifold, Kelly Klein and Tony Melillo Attend The Ferrari Experience at Opening Day of Bridgehampton Polo

Nick Manifold, Kelly Klein and Tony Melillo Attend The Ferrari Experience at Opening Day of Bridgehampton Polo

Ferrari’s special guests were treated to delectable bites from Tutto Il Giorno and Grey Goose Vodka cocktails.  Spotted were Alina Cho, Fern Mallis, Gillian Miniter, Kelly Klein, Michael Michele, Michelle Harper, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Jamee and Peter Gregory and Rita Schrager.

Peter Gregory and Jamee Gregory Attend The Ferrari Experience at Opening Day of Bridgehampton Polo

Peter Gregory and Jamee Gregory Attend The Ferrari Experience at Opening Day of Bridgehampton Polo

BRIDGEHAMPTON POLO LUXURY TIPS OF THE DAY

Davidoff Cigars at Bridgehampton Polo

Davidoff Cigars at Bridgehampton Polo

For the luxury aficionado there’s always something new to learn under Bridgehampton Polo’s VIP Tent.  In this case it was just outside the tent at the Davidoff Cigar GardenSteven Beltrani was there to offer guests complimentary hand-rolled Davidoff Cigars from the Dominican Republic in their designated smoking section with a perfect view of the field.

Bridgehampton Polo 2012

Don’t think these highly coveted cigars are just for men.  Beltrani noted, “Men are attracted to women who know how to properly smoke a cigar.”  There is a certain etiquette of lighting and smoking.  The key, Beltrani reveals: When you are lighting the cigar you rotate it so there is an even burn which releases the different layers of flavor.

polo pointy snout

Guests were also treated to a fine caviar experience from Pointy Snout.  Brand Ambassador Michael Cuomo and owners Michael and Alexandra Du Cane Kline were on hand to explain their pioneering US brand of White Sturgeon Caviar made on an eco sustainable farm.  Alexandra explained, “Caviars have different grades but we only offer one grade – the top.  There is an art and skill that goes into creating caviar just like wine making. We have a consistent and excellent quality – it’s never frozen or left in a storehouse. When you’re paying $100 for a small tin, you’re taking a gamble.  We want to develop a level of trust with the consumer.”  Just like everything else it is important to read the caviar label.  Alexandra explains, “We never use Borax, a chemical preservative found in most caviar.”

The Experimental Cocktail Club and Pointy Snout Caviar

The Experimental Cocktail Club and Pointy Snout Caviar

Pointy Snout brought out the Experimental Cocktail Club to pair fabulous cocktails made with French fair trade vodka “Fair.”  Très chic.

Of course with the sun and cocktails the smart people remembered to imbibe in SmartWater which is enhanced with electrolytes to keep them hydrated.

Zico

Another healthy option is Zico Pure Premium Coconut Water.  Carly Kelly and Dan Reade call it the perfect drink for polo.  Reade said, “It’s great during the match when you’re drinking in the sun.  It’s all natural and low in calories (60).  Even our flavored varieties have no extra calories or sugar like others.”  The reason Reade notes it is so hydrating is that it is close in consistency to human blood.  While we haven’t seen anyone main-lining a coconut yet, apparently it’s quick to absorb.

Kelly Bensimon

Kelly Bensimon

BRIDGEHAMPTON POLO BOUTIQUES

The new fashion boutiques which popped up next to the VIP tent echoed Town & Country’s polo fashion top choices.

Michelle Farmer

Michelle Farmer

Michelle Farmer of Michelle Farmer Collaborate presented her easy, breezy styles which have been gracing the Hamptons woman looking for a unique fashion statement as well as her signature hand designed pearl and leather necklaces.  Her men’s vintage shorts were also catching the eye of the well-dressed male.

Robin Saidman Duck & Weave

Robin Saidman Duck & Weave

Robin Saidman of Duck & Weave displayed attractive men’s and women’s button down shirts in various shades made in New York City.  Saidman noted, “The material is breathable like seersucker.  The cotton from Japan with one percent poly has a crinkle so it’s not flat on the skin and keeps you cool.”

Peyman Umay

Peyman Umay

Peyman Umay presented examples of his classic made to measure shirts, the perfect tailored look for women and men.  “Polo is always very colorful,” said Umay, “We take it to a different level with color and style.”  One client pointed out a Royal Blue fabric he’d picked out for his new custom suit.  But beware, bespoke can be addicting.  As Umay noted, “It may be his first, but not his last.”

Blu Kokin

Blu Kokin

Another fashion element which protects and decorates is the perfect polo hat.  Kokin presented their glamorous yet functional hats.  Blu Kokin noted, “They magically transport you into another time.”  And if variety is the spice of life the hats range from the simple to ornate with bows, feathers, and scalloped brims.  Kokin, the millinery master, noted that they work with every shape of face to find a hat to complement, “There’s a lid for every pot,” he said smiling.

Yosi Samra

Yosi Samra

Flying off the shelves were the ballet flats and flip flops from Yosi SamraYosi commented, “Our flip flops are in all different styles from animal skin to neon and well padded to be super comfy.”  And at a $50 to $60 price point they were snatched up a few at a time.

Silas Marder Furniture

Silas Marder Furniture

Silas Marder of the Silas Marder Gallery and Marders Nursery displayed his hand made-teak outdoor furniture – solid and stylish and oversized for a statement garden look.  And a nice place to rest if you didn’t get the “don’t wear uncomfortable shoes” memo.

THE FIRST AND LAST WORD

Nancy Atlas

Nancy Atlas

Rock and roll goddess Nancy Atlas with the help of her iPhone for a perfect pitch note sang the National Anthem to ring in the games.  “It’s an honor to be part of the chic event of the Hamptons.  There are men on horses, cocktails, and long sticks.  What else could a girl ask for?”

Kevin Nicholas, Dr. Shawn Sadri

Kevin Nicholas, Dr. Shawn Sadri

As guests parted, the best-dressed magician Kevin Nicholas performed some astounding tricks.  When asked what would be his greatest magical trick he replied, “To make the two team captains appear on the field out of nowhere.”  Well magical transformations are everywhere this season at Bridgehampton Polo – so all the more reason to keep your eyes on the field.

And as an honorable mention to individual style – Derek Warburton, I want your hand bag!

Derek Wharburton, Matt Dillon

Derek Warburton, Matt Dillon

As always a special Bridgehampton Polo shout out to the charity which receives the $25 entry fee per car – The Bridgehampton Day Care and Recreation Center. You can’t take for granted your blessings.  It’s time to share.

Polo continues every Saturday through August 25th.  For more information bhpolo@shaminabaspr.com 631 237-5388

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