Brora has been officially launched on New York’s MA with the party of all parties! The kilt clad bag piper piped up at 6pm and they were off, a steady stream of key press, enthusiastic New Yorkers and eccentric Brits flowed through the twinkling shop to congratulate Victoria and marvel at the quality and colours of the Scottish cashmere. Drinks flowed whilst people shopped and declared undying love for Brora.
Victoria Stapleton, wearing our lace & silk blouse and cashmere lace cropped cardigan, and Stella Tennant, wearing our cashmere two tone purl gauzy jumper and cashmere patchwork chartouche. Cobalt must be the colour of the season!
The great and the good of New York society mingled on the upper east side with the Brits including fashion royalty Stella Tennant, Victoria’s good friend who had flown in for the evening.
Victoria Stapleton, Nick Crean, Jayne Pickering
Jayne Pickering, Marie Claire‘s Fashion director chatted to Nick Crean, head honcho at the other colourful British brand, Prestat chocolates, boxes of which were given to delighted guests. Hendricks gin was splashed over ice and lemon for that oh-so-English G & T, whilst champagne flowed and the chatter got louder.
Camilla Guinness, Tim Hunt, Jayne Pickering
Johnny Pilkington, Victoria Stapleton, Sandra Van Wyck
Stella Tennant, Hugo Guinness
The artist & illustrator Hugo Guinness showed up, as did flamboyant art dealer Tim Hunt, both old friends of Victoria’s husband, Johnny, who was there looking dapper as ever, sporting our Liberty print shirt with vintage American striped braces. A few Italians were thrown in for good measure including Count Manfredi Della Gheradesca, who was rushing between Brora and the all important Sotheby’s contemporary art sale, the other great event of the night.
Stephanie Clark, Count Manfredi Della Gheradesca
Earlier in the day, Victoria had entertained Lee Radziwill, the elegant and beautiful sister of the late First Lady Jackie Kennedy, who instantly fell in love with both Victoria and the store, and left clutching her Brora shopping with delight.
There is no doubt that is was a truly spectacular evening, and that New York has embraced Brora with a huge hug, knowing winter this year will be a cosier and more colourful affair!