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Bill Powers Kit Keenan Cynthia Rowley and Gigi Powers

In Montauk, gallerist Bill Powers, fashion designers Kit Keenan and Cynthia Rowley, and student Gigi Powers wait for a wave.

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All in the Family

By The Editors

Photography by Mikey Detemple

08.30.18

For these fashion families out east, the ocean inspires their collections.

What is your favorite thing to do as a family in Montauk?
Gigi:
All day in the water.

What’s the best advice your mom or sister have shared with you?
Gigi:
Girls rule, boys drool. 

Sam and Molly Moorkamp

Siblings Sam and Molly Moorkamp take a stroll on East Hampton's Two Mile Hollow Beach.

Sam & Molly Moorkamp
Co-founders, Molly Moorkamp

Why did you decide to start Molly Moorkamp?
Molly:
I was designing for Ralph Lauren, and I felt I was at a crossroads. I could stay on the corporate path or take charge of my own point of view. Sam encouraged me to start our custom design business as a way to really offer a product we didn’t think was available. It gave us a very sharp understanding of our customer.

What is it like working with your sibling?
Sam:
We were raised with the same values. Hard work and creativity were cornerstones of my family. Growing up with a power-shopping mother, we saw very early on there was a large gap in the conservative female clothing market.
Molly: We work extremely well together. As siblings, we balance each other out. Sam is a risk taker, and I am more cautious.

What do you admire about each other’s style?
Molly:
Sam’s point of view is always polished, period. Whether it’s a cashmere cable knit sweater and a backwards baseball cap or a tux, he’s the sharpest-dressed guy in any room.
Sam: Molly has a deft understanding of fit and what looks great on any woman. She’s never afraid to be ‘too much’ and can own any room.

How has the beach and the Hamptons inspired your collection?
Molly:
Our customer spends July in the Hamptons, January in Palm Beach, and March in the Caribbean. She’s going to bring MM with her everywhere. It’s classic, feminine, with an irreverent flair that screams off-duty. Go to any beach club cocktail party and you’re sure to find a good dose of shocking pink silk.  

Brittany Peltz Buerstedde

Brittany Peltz Buerstedde with daughters Lila and Eva behind their house in Southampton

Brittany Peltz Buerstedde
Leah + Rae, Founder

Why did you decide to launch Leah + Rae?
My two daughters are definitely the centerpiece to my world and the inspiration for the brand, Leah + Rae. After giving birth to my second daughter, I had a hard time finding clothes that resonated with my aesthetic. When I launched the brand in February, I recognized how important it was to create pieces that were beautiful, but were also tactical. I saw that with my own girls, who are equal parts princess and tomboy.

How have the Hamptons inspired your collection?
The Hamptons have always been a special place because they’re where my husband and I spent our first summer together. Now, being here with our family, it brings us back to the magic. Out here reminded us of what summer should really be about—beach days, sand in the shoes, salt in your hair and connecting with each other.

What is your typical summer day like?
This summer, we got this really nice place on the beach in Southampton, which was just so great with the two kids. I have a 2-year-old and a 1-year-old, so we basically barely left the house—we were at the beach and pool the whole day, which was wonderful.

What memory from this summer will you cherish forever?
Celebrating my grandmother’s 90th birthday at home in Southampton. My siblings, Will and Nicola, and I are all very busy, so it was so wonderful to just be all together in the Hamptons. My whole family came out, so it was very special. 

Photo by Angela Photography