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Boutiques Compete at at 37th Annual Hampton Classic

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Designer Kevin Michael Barba at the Hampton Classics on Opening Day

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Designer Kevin Michael Barba and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op inside the Designer's Booth on Opening Day of the Hamptons Classics

Dozens of vendor shops displayed their fashionable goods  at the 37 Annual Hampton Classic.  On Opening Day I had to chance to chat with Designer Kevin Michael Barba who has stunning Men's Line that recently premiered in Florence Italy. 

HIs branding logo, "STYLE IS SOMETHING YOU'RE BORN WITH. SO IS AN INHERITANCE. IT'S WHAT YOU DO WITH IT THAT MATTERS." is creating a buzz in the entertainment industry as well as the Fashion Industry!  After  studying interior design at Parsons, this young designer thought out of the box and designed a whole line with European retro influence.   His suits are delightfully refreshing, well tailored, sophisticated and European Chic!

During our interview he annouced that a famous Grammy Winner will be wearing one of his designs at this years Grammys.

Mr. Barba currently travels between homes in Manhattan, Palm Beach, and  Long Island. With millions of dollars at his disposal, this 18 year old personality is ready to move to the forefront of society and let his personality, style, and panache grab headlines.  He recently accomplished doing a realty TV Show in Europe on MTV and now his own clothing brand.

Expect to see more of this charming, good looking young man!

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Ariat Booth at The Hampton Classics

Three celebrity judges spent time on Monday evaluating the dozens of vendor shops at the 37 Annual Hampton Classic before they announced which one deserved to be declared the winner of the Boutique Contest. And their choice was Ariat, makers of equestrian riding apparel since 1993.

The judges were supermodel Christie Brinkley, Robin Kramer (the globally respected leader in brand positioning and retail design) and Wayne Scot Lucas (the fashion stylist who’s worked with, among many others, Christie Brinkley and Meryl Streep).
“We are honored and thrilled to win the contest for the best booth at the Hampton Classic,” said Susan Alcala, vice president of Ariat. “There are so many beautiful booths here, and to win this honor in our first year at the Classic is overwhelming. We are very excited.”
Ariat’s award was especially timely since on Tuesday afternoon their representatives hosted a reception at their booth to unveil a limited edition handbag collection designed by New York-based designer Sarah Blaustein of Sarah Hearey designs. The new Ariat collection consists of six handbags that are inspired by equestrian tradition, handcrafted with Italian calfskin leather and detailed with equine hardware, ranging in price from $395 to $1,295.
The 37 annual Hampton Classic Horse Show runs through Sunday, Sept. 2, and features world-class show jumping competition, as well as magnificent shopping and a variety of entertainment attractions.  The Classic features six show rings with more than 100 classes of competition for horses and riders of all ages.  A wide range of jumper, hunter, equitation, short stirrup and leadline classes are all part of the Classic’s schedule, as well as competitions for riders with disabilities.
The highlight of the Hampton Classic is the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier on Sunday, September 2.  The Grand Prix, open to horses that successfully complete Friday's $50,000 Spy Coast Farm/Young Horse Show Series Grand Prix Qualifier, features Olympians, World Champions and other show jumping veterans such as defending champion and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist McLain Ward.  This year, the Grand Prix is part of the new Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge which awards a $200,000 bonus should the same horse-and-rider combination win the $100,000 Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon, $250,000 FTI Grand Prix at the Hampton Classic, and $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix at the Alltech National Horse Show.  Ward won the Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon on Antares F in May and now stands to win the $200,000 bonus should he ride Antares F to wins in the remaining two events in the Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge.
For those who can’t make it to the show grounds, WVVH-TV, the official Long Island television station of the Hampton Classic, broadcasts up to five hours of competition and highlights each day during the Classic.  These broadcasts can also be seen on line
All classes held in the Grand Prix Ring will also be available live throughout the horse show on webcasts provided by ShowNet.  Access to this pay-per-view stream may be found on the Hampton Classic website at, or via ShowNet membership at  In addition, most of the Classic’s jumper and hunter classes from all other rings will also be available, many live, through ShowNet at

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