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Retail Most Social

| November 21, 2012 | Parties

Regardless of what those Design District fanatics tell you, Bal Harbour Shops is as active as ever these days, and the proof is in the parties. Exhibit A: the Canali grand opening. To celebrate the debut of its boutique at the Shops, the Italian brand covered all its bases and brought together the two things (most) men like most: fashion and sports. Canali USA VP Giorgio Canali and former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino hosted the evening, which allowed guests an exclusive tour of the store, the company’s third in the United States. As expected, the guest list was Y-chromosome heavy with folks including reality TV staple Jonathan Cheban, interior designer Frederic Marq, developer Jonathan Breene, philanthropist Rudy Touzet and man-about-town Fabian Basabe in attendance. Not that women weren’t welcome: Handbag designer Laura Buccellati and Dana Shear were just a few of the ladies checking out suits, cuff links and all other accoutrements of male style at the party. The 1,700-square-foot boutique is honest to the Canali aesthetic with clean interiors marked by Italian glass and Dedar fabrics that separate the different sections of the space. After much schmoozing, cocktails, shopping (with 15 percent of the evening’s proceeds going to the Dan Marino Foundation) and one too many camera flashes, a select group made their way to an intimate dinner at the nearby One Bal Harbour Resort & Spa. That same evening, just steps away, Gucci held a cocktail party of its own to kick off the Handbag Artisan Corner, a three-day event during which a handful of craftsmen from the company’s Florentine leather goods factory were on-site to hand-assemble some of the brand’s most iconic handbags. Hosted by Jayne and Ashley Abess and Judy and Kara Zeder, the evening allowed VIP customers a firsthand look at how Gucci’s New Bamboo, New Jackie, Soft Stirrup and Stirrup models are made—from start to finish. With Champagne flutes in hand, guests, including Rodner Figueroa, Ingrid Hoffmann and Adrienne bon Haes, gasped in delight as the artisans sewed, dyed and stitched. They also got first dibs on said bags (which could be customized with their desired touches here and there). Two major brands, two major parties, same night… as you can see, dear readers, BHS is doing just fine, thank you very much. Photography by World Red Eye


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