Kelly Bensimon is a mother, designer, writer, equestrian and The New York Times counts her as one of the ”most fabulous tastemakers“ in NYC.
Where is your escape destination this summer and why?
On summer weekends I head out to the Hamptons to relax with my girls, Sea and Teddy and ride my horse at the new Bobby Campbell Stable in Bridgehampton. It’s my happy place!
What is your must travel luggage of choice?
My XXL Hermes Birkin in Hunter Green. It holds everything!
What is your must carry-on essentials?
My black Hermes carry-all always stocked with Trident gum, Werthers candies, baby wipes, and water. Everyone knows how important it is to stay hydrated and water is essential in achieving that healthy glow!
What is the perfect en-route travel outfit?
I like to travel in my favorite pair of dark wash Rogan denim jeans, a crisp white J.Crew oxford, and Repetto flats in a fun color. I always bring a blazer to layer depending on the weather.
Style….Travel must haves for your destination?
For a Hamptons weekend I always make sure to pack bikinis, chic LeTarte coverups, nautical striped shirts from St. James, polo shirts from Ralph Lauren, Water Babies sunscreen, Havaianas flip flops, and my riding boots and breeches!
Footwear must have?
For causal days I love a pair of Repetto ballet flats or sandals from Capri. For more formal occasions I usually choose a pair of mid-height Manolos in gold.
Accessories are a game changer…. what can’t u leave home without?
I love jewelry! The jewelry I sport is usually all of my own design. Naturally, I love all of the jewelry I design so sometimes I have to take a cue from Coco Chanel… “When accessorizing always take off the last thing you put on.”
Fave bathing suit?
I have too many to choose! I love LeTarte, CharlieByMZ, and Melissa Odabash.
Beauty & skincare items?
La Mer makes amazing cleansers and moisturizing cremes. I recently discovered a new organic moisturizing serum called Biossance which provides a great base for makeup. Most of my make up is by MAC. I also love Bumble and Bumble surf spray for summer waves. My scent is my own, Baiser Rose.
Summer must read?
The Knock Off by Lucy Sykes.
Any packing tips?
Don’t wait until the last minute! Pack the night before.
Any new projects that you would like to share?
I have my new jewelry line available at KitsonLA and SCOOP. I will be expanding my home fragrance line, Baiser Rose. Also, I have a new romance novel coming out! Get ready for some LOVE!
Summer in a Bottle Rosé from Wölffer Estate Vineyard.
What is on your playlist?
My girls have amazing taste in music so they are in charge of all the music in the Bensimon house. We recently got the SONOS system so my house can easily transform into a discotheque!
Hostess gifts…. do’s and don’t?
I always gift an Assouline coffee table book. I usually steer away from buying anyone an article of clothing. It can get awkward. And don’t forget the hand written thank you note.