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Personal Inventory: Suzanne Cassano

Owner of Privet House

Suzanne Cassano

Owner, Privet House, Greenwich and Warren

Where are you from? How did you end up in Connecticut?
New York. Sharon, CT was originally a weekend home.

What were you doing before this?
Marketing and product development in the fragrance industry for companies such as Calvin Klein, Liz Claiborne, Victoria’s Secret.

Describe your style in three words.
Casual, comfortable and on a good day, a little quirky.

What was the first piece you ever bought?
A 1940’s cocktail table with a gilt surface and a pink marble top (really, not as bad as it sounds).

What can’t you live without?
Red wine, chocolate and my friends.

Who would play you in a movie about your life?
Meryl Streep, only because she will make it better than it even is.

Who is your favorite fictional character?
Mr. Darcy.

What is your most prized possession?
My father’s dog tag from WWII.

Name three things that are always in style.
White shirts, jeans and really good lighting.

Favorite iPhone app?
XE currency.

Years in the biz?
10- more or less

Who is the most stylish person you know?
Richard Lambertson, my business partner.

Where are you traveling next?
Texas, don’t ask…but I just returned from Paris and Istanbul.

What was your first job?
A bus girl at a local tennis club (in high school).

What is your favorite book?
Mrs. Dalloway.

What is your favorite song?
“Your Song” by Elton John

What makes a house a home?
Good friends and good food.

What do you like about this retail space?
I love the Warren shop because it is our first space, where it all began; and I love Greenwich because it is such a charming old sea captain’s house with great personality.

Best moment as the owner of this store?
When Target called us to participate in the premiere The Shops at Target concept.

What is your favorite beauty product?
Red lipstick.

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
Having people I love and respect think well of me.

What town do you live in?
I live in Sharon, CT. I love that it has remained virtually unchanged for so many years. It is simple and beautiful.

When was the moment you decided to open this store?
When Richard said, “I’ll do it if you do it with me.”

Favorite indulgence?
Shutting my phone and going to the movies (preferably in the middle of the afternoon).

What’s your favorite cold-weather drink?
A Manhattan.

What are three things we don’t know about you?
My age and my weight – which are closely guarded national secrets, and that I am a pretty good baker.

Privet House

The Warren Shop
4 Cornwall Road
Warren, CT 06754
Thursday- Sunday 11 A.M. – 5 P.M.

The Greenwich Shop
18 Grigg Street
Greenwich, CT 06830
Monday- Saturday 11 A.M. – 5 P.M.