Meet The Editor: Samantha Yanks of Hamptons Magazine

The Chromologist had the opportunity to touch base with ‘queen of the Hamptons’ and Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons Magazine, Samantha Yanks. For those who don’t know the area, The Hamptons consist of the towns of Southampton and East Hampton and surrounding villages, which form the South Fork of Long Island, New York. The area is a popular resort and is where the great and the good of New York often decamp to in the summer months. Hamptons Magazine itself has been in existence for thirty six years and is THE publication for one of the most stylish and expensive places in the US.

Samantha recently worked with Farrow & Ball to create her City Palette, showing the colours and inspiration of the Hamptons in a single colour scheme:

City Palette-Hamptons Samantha Yanks

Meet The Editor: Samantha Yanks

What was your first home like? 

Samantha Yanks, Hamptons Magazine

Samantha Yanks, Hamptons Magazine

SY: I grew up in a beautiful apartment on 72nd Street in New York City.  It was a stunning pre war building and my parents have always had the most impressive collection of antiques.  They amassed pieces over the years and the space and the light showcased them so beautifully.  I always loved that my apartment felt different than anyone else’s and it’s because there wasn’t a single mass produced item in there.  Every piece of furniture, porcelain and silver has a story.

How would you define your personal style?

I’m quite classic I think.  In the wintertime my wardrobe , like most New Yorkers tends to stay in the grey, black and navy palette and then in the summertime when I am in the Hamptons a lot of creams, oatmeal and whites.  I also love jolts of color from time to time. I’m a serious jewelry collector, both costume and fine, so I’m rarely without a few pieces on.

Paint or paper? 

Both.  There’s nothing like refreshing a room with a new coat of paint.  It can change absolutely everything.  I recently painted our kitchen a deep grey (Farrow and Ball Pavilion Grey) and it finally moved me away from an all white kitchen.  I love it.  But, wallpaper is so beautiful and can make a room exquisite.  The walls and the floors create a canvas for a room and the furniture then plays off of that.

Describe your perfect day in the Hamptons

Wake up, meet Gina Bradley of Paddle Diva and head out for a stand up paddle board lesson with her in Sagg Pond.  I love independent sports where you really rely on yourself and developing your strength.  SUP is the best exercise and without a doubt the most beautiful way to to see the Hamptons.  It is the only time when I am truly 100% stress free.  That and spending the day with my family on the beach is absolute perfection.  A nice bottle of rose in the mix is never bad either.

Jitney or train?

I love the Ambassador which is owned by the Jitney.  It’s like the first class of bus rides.

Best beach for sunbathing, for surfing? 

For sunbathing I love Scott Cameron, the tiny beach at the end of Ocean Road or Mecox.  Sadly, I don’t surf.

Favorite holiday destination? 

Hiking in Sedona, Arizona.

Ultimate dinner party guest list?

I’m actually putting together a dinner party right now in the Hamptons for later in July.  It’s all women, which I like doing from time to time.  I’ve invited Kelly Rutherford, Gabby Karan, Kim Raver, Ali Wentworth, Shoshanna Gruss, Stephanie March – all really smart, successful women.

Rosé or rosé champagne? 

Rosé all the way

What’s on your summer reading list?  The Invention of Exile by Vanessa Manko,  Lost for Words by Edward St Aubyn, The Vacationers by Emma Straub and Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead

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The Chromologist is a colour whisperer. He understands and knows them better than they know themselves, translating their pleas to be used beautifully for humankind. It's unknown from whence he came. Some say the fraction of space between a prism and a spectrum, others say he toiled in the fabled colour mines of Svalbard for years untold, deep underground, speaking only to the reds and blues, cerises and aquas, bronze and golds...

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