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July 10, 2010

Report from Summer in the Hamptons

The slowing economic growth may be what most people are focusing on, but the brutally apparent trend here is on luxe spending.

Conspicuous consumption may have had its setbacks the past few years, but its on full display out here. We went to several very nice, quite pricey restaurants. In Quogue, the Stone Creek Inn on Tuesday night at 8:30 was jammed. The parking lot was a teenage boy’s wet dream: Bentley GTs, Maserati Quattroportes, Ferrari SuperAmerica (dude, what was with that ugly gray?). Out here, 911s are de rigeur, and MB S550s are cars you give the nannies; they all get parked in the back. The restaurant was filled with beautiful people wearing designer clothes, oodles of jewelry (middle aged white guys should never use the word bling).... Oh, and  w a y  t o o much plastic surgery — everyone had a kinda surprised look on their faces. -- Vacation Update: Recession, Recovery & Stratification | The Big Picture

Posted by Vanderleun at July 10, 2010 12:26 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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