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Steve Sperry

WEDDING HAMPTONS

Are Sperry Tent canopies crafted from genuine sailcloth? The Sperry family designed and built the first-ever sailcloth tent. Why sailcloth? Because the Sperry Tents founder, Steve Sperry, was a sailmaker, and when he decided to make a party tent one day, he used the materials he had on hand in his sail loft in Marion, Massachusetts. A man of many talents, he also made the new tent’s wooden support poles, using the sawmill on his coastal property. To this day, he still mills each and every Sperry center pole himself (in his seventies!). What’s so great about sailcloth? Standard-frame tents — the kind you see at festivals or trade shows — typically have vinyl canopies and aluminum frames. Even other tent rental companies’ supposed sailcloth tent is still made from thin vinyl. Unlike vinyl, which has a telltale sheen, chemical scent, and the potential for imperfect, factory-made seams, Sperry Tents’ durable sailcloth is ivory — not stark white, breathable, crisp, translucent to sunlight, and also translucent to event lighting at night, producing the trademark #sperryglow.   Why are Sperry Tents more expensive than other tent options? Because each one is handmade by the crew at Sperry Fabric Architecture, a small company in coastal Massachusetts, led by the company president, Matt Sperry. SFA’s dedicated craftspeople are all local and specially trained. Its warehouse is not a warehouse at all, but a solar-fed, environmentally friendly post-and-beam barn. SFA’s small-batch output means a higher priced tent with superior details and aesthetics. Sperry Tents Hamptons 631.725.2422 sperrytentshamptons.com SocialLifeMagazine.com

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Social Life - August 2019 - Jean Shafiroff  

Social Life Magazine is the premier luxury publication for the Hamptons, celebrating 16 years of print. This issue features Jean Shafiroff.

Social Life - August 2019 - Jean Shafiroff  

Social Life Magazine is the premier luxury publication for the Hamptons, celebrating 16 years of print. This issue features Jean Shafiroff.