Thursday marked the grand opening of Shan's East Hampton location at 3 North Main Street. The designer swim and resortwear line has a prestigious presence in Canada, with stores in the Quartier DIX30 shopping district in Quebec as well as Toronto, Montreal, and Laval, Quebec, where the brand is designed and manufactured.
According to a press release about its opening, Shan is distributed at various stores in over 25 countries, and its boutique on North Main Street is its second in the United States. The other is in Miami.
Lidia Cortina Karras of the East Hampton store said Shan has a five-year lease on the property.
"The Hamptons is the perfect location for our brand!" Chantal Levesque, the Canadian designer, said in the release. "It's a place where glamour and refinement cohabit, two elements that describe our collections perfectly!"
In 2013, Ms. Levesque won an award for her work as an "entrepreneur active abroad" from the Women of Quebec Network. In the spirit of that award, Shan is looking to establish further footholds internationally -- in the Middle East, South America, and Eastern Europe, Jean-Francois Sigouin, the company's vice president, said in the release.
Stuart Epstein, managing director emeritus of Halstead Property, and his wife, Lynn, have owned 3 North Main Street since 1991. He and Ms. Epstein sold their company, Devlin McNiff, formerly housed at that address, to its neighbor at 2 North Main Street, Halstead Property, in 2011. The business has now been absorbed by Halstead Property at 2 North Main Street, the larger of the buildings, which Mr. Epstein said by phone was the best place to expand and was "part of the entire plan."