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Outdoor furnishings are hot right now and it’s not because of the never-ending heat waves! An 8 billion dollar industry and growing, it’s got a new serious player with The Comptoirs Collection. A partnership between British luxury textile purveyor Holland & Sherry and Portuguese-expat and interior designer, Alexandra Champalimaud, The Comptoirs Collection showcases fashion-forward fabrics that blur the lines between the outdoor and the indoor.
What better way to celebrate this match made in heaven than to host a launch party at the Elizabeth Street Garden. If you’ve ever imagined the afterlife or the Garden of Eden, this party came pretty close. Close your eyes and imagine the setting.
Upon arrival as dusk set over the city, follow a lantern-lit pathway staggered with elegantly shaped dress forms in fun, flirty fabrics. Hanging from a canopy of trees were fabric samples with charming patterns that range from dhow-inspired boats to embroidered peacocks to Chinese porcelain. The gazebo housed Parisian mixologists from the Experimental Cocktail Club while DJ Jonathan Toubin of New York Night Train spun rock and soul tunes. And in the crowd…nothing but NYC’s finest design royalty. Todd Oldham, Interior Design editor-in-chief Cindy Allen, Vogue’s Selby Drummond, Gilt Home’s Tom Delevan…the list goes on. All of them, out in force to support great design that combines high performance fibers (Draylon, a fade and stain resistant, Teflon-coated acrylic) with imaginative textiles inspired by 15th century Portuguese explorations at sea.
Finally…a huge leap away from the tired striped designs and obvious nautical-themed patterns. We’d expect nothing less from the designer behind LA’s legendary Hotel Bel-Air and a 180-year-old, London-based wool merchant. Hallelujah!
The Comptoirs Collection is available for purchase at Holland & Sherry, 212.355.6241 or via their website: www.hollandandsherry.com