ALT for Living Owner Analisse Taft and Husband, James Gersten Throw An Unforgettable Cocktail Party

In light of their new Sag Harbor home, this couple decided to celebrate in style.

Analisse Taft, owner of ALT for Living, puts the finishing touches on a floral arrangement from Sag Harbor Florist in the kitchen. Photography by Doug Young

To unveil their brand-new Sag Harbor home, ALT for Living showroom owner Analisse Taft and her husband, restaurateur James Gersten, threw a cocktail party for some of the industry’s top decorators. Treating guests with dinner and poolside cocktails, it’s safe to say that guests were impressed.

“Sag Harbor has become a town of year-rounders,” she muses, “and because people are choosing to have their primary homes here, we need full-time designers and showrooms, in addition to all the retail stores.” So, Analisse Taft, who has ALT for Living showrooms in New York City and Los Angeles, has plans to open a new sister location in Sag Harbor. And what better way to celebrate such a grand accomplishment than with a cocktail party in the Hamptons?

“To me, home is the most important place on the planet. I grew up in a house with minimal furnishings, so I really gravitate toward lots of layering and decorating”

Photography by Doug Young

The Sag Harbor restaurant Baron’s Cove, a favorite of Taft and Gersten’s, provided the food. The menu featured local seafood staples, including oysters, mini lobster rolls, and swordfish skewers. For dessert, guests savored an old-fashioned cake, made with graham crackers, whipped cream, and sliced strawberries.

The print version of this article appears with the headline: Open House.
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