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July 03, 2013

Countess LuAnn de Lesseps Interview



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Nate Best. (click for larger version)
Countess LuAnn de Lesseps is on the cover of the July 2013 Hampton Daze Magazine. LuAnn has been a star of Bravo TV's hit series "The Real Housewives of New York City" since its first season, six years ago. Hampton Daze caught up with the Countess at her Bridgehampton home where she lives with her children, Noel and Victoria, and their pup, Aston. Noel designs skateboards and Victoria is an artist. LuAnn's boyfriend Jacques Azoulay is in the wine business.

Over the past few years Countess LuAnn has released singles and music videos for her songs "Money Can't Buy You Class" and "Chic C'est La Vie" on Ultra Records and penned the etiquette book Class with the Countess. She has also been a strong supporter of foundations such as The American Cancer Society, GLAAD, ACE's SoHo Partnership, and has been photographed for California's NOH8 Campagne.

LuAnn has begun filming season six of RHONY, set to premier this fall. She has also recently launched a chic, affordable tabletop line named "The Countess Collection." For more info visit www.countessluann.com.

Describe your perfect Hamptons summer day:

A run on the beach, swim in the ocean and a beautiful salad niçoise. Having lunch at home and hanging out by the pool. That's the perfect Hamptons day. And playing tennis.

Favorite activities to do with your family:

Tennis, going to the beach, and cooking.

Favorite shopping:

Maison 24 for the home, Jogo in Bridgehampton, C Wonder, Catherine Malandrino, and the farm stands.

Favorite outdoor activities:

Run, play tennis, swim and I play ping-pong with the kids. Jacques and myself vs. Noel and Victoria.

Best "Real Housewives of New York City" Moment:

Morocco was fabulous. That, and singing with Natalie Cole, that was pretty awesome.

Worst "Real Housewives of New York City" Moment:

Almost getting thrown off a camel. They're supposed to be really calm and this one just freaked out. I was lucky. They're very high off the ground. It's like falling from a second floor.

Tell us about the Countess Collection outdoor dinnerware set:

This is the first of my dinnerware collection. I started with melamine because I love melamine for summer, and I use it at home. I decided the first thing I would do is design a new melamine collection. It's indoors and outdoors. The collection is about my love for entertaining and my passion for travel. This collection is called the "Amalfi Coast" with the coral, from my days when I lived in Europe. What I love about this is that it's basically unbreakable. It's chic and affordable. We are also doing porcelain and stoneware as well. This is the first in the collection.

You're planning a picnic. What is  in your picnic basket?

Wine. Jacques is in the wine business. It's very nice to have a boyfriend in the wine business. Of course my [Countess Collection] plates, you can take them to the beach, you can wash them and you're not throwing away paper. You can play frisbee with them. Hummus, cheeses, Eli Zabar olive crackers, bottle of rose, and glasses.

What are you looking forward to most, filming the upcoming season of RHONY?

I never know where we're going to go. I always look forward to the trips we do. Making new friends. Getting rid of ones that aren't working for me. There are two new girls [this season].

For more info visit www.luanndelesseps.com. To see the July issue of Hampton Daze Magazine online visit www.hamptondaze.com.

Photography By Nate Best

Nicole Digilio - Hair

Jenny O'Sullivan - Makeup

FancyFool Skateboards:

www.fancyfoolskateboards.com

Dishes - Countess Collection

www.luanndelesseps.com

Place settings - The Lexington Clothing Co.

www.lexingtoncompany.com

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