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Taylor Made

BY Sarah Bray | August 13, 2018 | Feature Features National

At their cottage on Shelter Island, fashion designer Rebecca Taylor and her husband, artist Wayne Pate, embrace effortless style.
Fashion designer Rebecca Taylor at home on Shelter Island

How has your quiet Hamptons escape inspired some of your pieces?
We’ve been going out to Shelter Island for 13 years. You don’t need much while you’re out there—some good food, good wine and family. It’s easygoing. You never have to dress up on Shelter Island, except if you want to wear a pretty sundress out for dinner.

What are you looking forward to this summer out East?
Our pop-up at The Surf Lodge Aug. 18 and 19.

You tend to design with a lot of free-flowing floral prints. Do these take their inspiration from your Hamptons gardens?
Yes, I do think some of my prints are inspired by my garden. My husband and I have a pretty big garden in Shelter Island, and we love working on it every weekend—it’s quite therapeutic. We grow everything from tomatoes to peonies.

Tell me about the house: Did you decorate it yourself?
It’s a 1920s bungalow and not necessarily historic, but [it] now enjoys a place in our family’s history. My kids have been coming since they were born. We can’t imagine a summer not on the island.

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