Natasha Esch

Owner & Curator, MONC XIII. New York

By: Meagan Wilson
Styling: Meagan Wilson
Photography: Renée Rodenkirchen

Y'all know how the cliché goes: there's a first time for everything. And making the two hour trek out to this subject's home marked a bit of an unexpected first for us: our very first Coveteur shoot in the Hamptons. Yeah, so we've managed to make it to far-flung destinations from Tokyo to Dubai, but have never made the 2-hour drive out east prior to that afternoon's jaunt to Natasha Esch Sag Harbor abode. Completely and totally logical.

That being said, we couldn't have had a better—or more fitting—welcome. Upon pulling up to her gorgeous estate (there's no other word for it, complete with a picturesque pond out back), we were ushered in by Esch herself. In the event that you've managed to go through your entire life without so much as thumbing through an issue of House & Garden: after taking on the directorship of Wilhelmina Models at the ripe ol' age of 21, Esch went on to found her very own eponymous interior design firm. Then came MONC XIII, her Hamptons shopping destination par excellence, chock full of the kind of design signatures that are essentially a hit list of our favorite Cov archive photos: Cire Trudon, Kelly Wearstler, Hermès and then some. Now do you believe us when we say that her place was next level immaculate?

After a quick tour (as quick as a tour can be when your home is the square footage of Esch's), we were lead up to the closet, adjunct to Esch's gorgeous personal bathroom, which, in a word, was a situation unto its own: two massive floor-to-ceiling dressers containing her beauty products and a seriously enviable fragrance collection and luxe skincare line-up (not to mention a stash of the basic-est of basics, like deodorants and toothpaste, in multiples). Esch's closet was all OG Coveteur on the accessories side—think Givenchy, Saint Laurent, Céline, CHANEL—with pieces by more off-beat, intellectual design maestros like Junya Watanabe, Comme des Garçons and Dries van Noten dominating her separates. In other words, when it comes to achieving that perfect harmony between a killer wardrobe and on-point interiors, Esch has kinda nailed it.