November 27, 2020

EXCLUSIVE: House of the Week: Calvin Klein Biographer’s Hamptons House With a Party History

Dishing the dirt on Calvin Klein’s and Halston’s empires has certainly paid off for biographer Steven Gaines if his Hamptons house is anything to go by.
The author, who co-penned the biography “Obsession: The Lives and Times of Calvin Klein” in the Nineties, has just listed his contemporary-style Hamptons house for close to $3 million.
The Wainscott property is where he also wrote part of “Simply Halston,” a biography about the fashion designer that is being turned into a TV series, as well as “Philistines at the Hedgerow: Passion and Property in the Hamptons,” the New York Times bestseller about gentrification of the East End over the last several decades.
“I’ve been a biographer since I was 26 and wrote mainly about rock stars, but decided to start focusing on fashion designers when they became the new rock stars,” Gaines told WWD.
The lavish modern structure was built by its previous owner Bill Higgins, who owned “The Swamp,” the legendary gay club in Wainscott, and was home to many an after party, according to Gaines.
“For years prior, it had been the notorious ‘after party’ house of the gay disco, The Swamp,” he said, adding that a sunken hot tub in the greenhouse off the master bedroom

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