Trained at Vidal Sassoon in London in 1983, Elizabeth Cassone has been back and forth across the pond a time or two. This summer marked the opening of her fourth salon, this time in Sag Harbor. She tells me, Windswept by the Sea is the first true ‘beach salon’ of the Hamptons. A master colorist, specializing in highlights, she’s also the one to seek out when you’re looking for the Sassoon bob, à la Victoria Beckham, with a perfect 45 degree angle.
Cassone opened her first salon on Long Island in 1985, a British pub style, in deference to her time in England. She moved back to London to open her second salon, and in 1999 came back home again to open the original Windswept in Water Mill. In opening Windswept by the Sea this summer, Elizabeth sought to create a relaxed beachy vibe, and succeeded. Tables decorated with shells, and driftwood, holding beachy jewelry and beauty products that smell like suntan lotion all add to the ambiance.
A longtime Hampton resident, Elizabeth lives in Sag Harbor, and has four ‘surfer boy’ sons, ranging in age from 12 to 28. With 20 plus years on the South Fork, I asked for some of her favorite local haunts, knowing I’d get some of the best. Her favorite restaurant, World Pie, lends itself to the locals and has great late night fare, while La Superica, she promises, has the best margarita around. Cassone swears by Naturopathica in East Hampton for their massages and natural skincare. Other wellness faves include Kevin Menard for acupuncture, Ananda Yoga in Southampton, and Andrew Cohen, their in studio chiropractor. She also credits Pike’s with the best corn every season, and Sag Harbor Florist with the most beautiful arrangements anywhere.
Windswept by the Sea, 51 Division St, Sag Harbor. Open Tuesday-Saturday, year round.