La Maisonette, a new French antiques store that opened at 34 Bay Street in Sag Harbor last weekend is a labor of love for the owners, Lynn Park and Christopher Charveriat.
Mr. Charveriat is descended from one of the oldest families in France, the Récamiers, and his ancestor Juliette Récamier was immortalized by many painters, most notably Jacques-Louis David in 1800 in a painting that hangs in the Louvre in Paris.
Mr. Charveriat was raised in Paris, in Marrakesh, Morocco, at the Chateau de Chaillouvres in Chaneins, France, and in St. Tropez. He studied decorative arts at the Ecole Camondo in Paris, and had his own interior design company there for over a decade.
Mr. Charveriat met Ms. Park through a mutual friend, Patrice de Fernelmont. “It’s funny,” said Ms. Park. “I had known Patrice for 15 years, and Christopher had known him for 17 years, but we only met each other a few years ago.”
“We had the same beliefs in life, art, and friends, and fell in love immediately,” she said.
Ms. Park had spent time in the fashion industry in New York at several houses, including Ralph Lauren, had opened her own clothing store in SoHo, and was an editor of W Magazine-Asia. She had attended the Parsons School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Ms. Park moved to Wainscott a few years ago.
“When we decided on having a store,” she said, “Christopher and I went looking for special treasures all over France and Belgium.” They were fortunate enough to have a friend who allowed them to store their findings at his castle in Belgium until they were ready to open their doors in Sag Harbor.
Ms. Park confessed she sometimes gets a momentary pang when a piece is sold, but quickly recovers. “We find treasures that we love ourselves and hope they will make someone else happy,” she said.
“We would love to continue this relationship with antiques and the people in the Hamptons, because it is so special and unique.”
La Maisonette is open Wednesday through Sunday this month and will expand its hours in July and August.