Thanksgiving weekend brought a crush of visitors to Amagansett, and the shops and restaurants of Main Street enjoyed brisk business. Among them was Ganeaux, which opened at 167 Main Street on Nov. 24.
Christine Ganeaux, formerly a co-owner of Rube, across the street in Amagansett Square, hand-picked all of the merchandise in her new shop, which features an eclectic assortment of clothing, jewelry, accessories, books, scented candles, and more.
Ms. Ganeaux, who relocated from New York City in 2001, founded her own clothing line, Christine Ganeaux, “but I won’t have it in here until spring,” she said. “It’s in the works.”
Ganeaux at present stocks a fraction of the clothing that will ultimately be on display — with the holiday season under way, books and other gift ideas are prominent in the bright, airy space. These will remain, she said, “but I’ll probably have 10 more racks of clothing, men’s and women’s.” Available now is clothing from Universal Works, Each X Other, and Gilded Age, as well as jewelry by James Colarusso, perfumes and lip butters by Mox Botanicals, and books such as “Nobody’s Fool” by Yoshitomo Nara, a contemporary Japanese artist, “Jones Beach” by Joseph Szabo, and “Patti Smith 1969-1976,” a book of photographs by Judy Linn.
Ms. Ganeaux’s father is an importer of Japanese antiques, a connection that has brought items including Nambu cast-iron bottle openers, antique brass jewelry cases, and Futagami brass bottle openers.
Clothing lines to be represented include R13 Denim, H.W. Carter and Sons, Swildens, Archival, and General Knot and Co. Ms. Ganeaux has a workshop on the premises, so alterations of clothing purchased there can be done onsite.
Nothing in the store is made in China, she said. “It’s hard to find reasonably priced things made in the U.S., but I found some. As much as I can, things here are made in America — handmade, not mass-produced.”
If Ganeaux brings to mind a boutique in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood, it’s likely a reflection of the proprietor’s aesthetic sensibility. “My first shop was on Crosby Street, and I lived downtown for a long time,” Ms. Ganeaux said. “I guess it’s in my genes. I think East Hampton is a little more ‘Fifth Avenue’ and Amagansett’s more ‘downtown,’ ” she mused.
Ganeaux is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.