With much haste, I careened out of work early Friday. Ran into my house to change into a fresh shirt, slap on some deodorant, and secure around my neck bow tie.
I was expected promptly before 5 at London Philips, my new favorite hangout and menswear store. For we were fêting Ella Bing, the local accessories line, and building awareness for both the store and the niche brand through our respective networks. Along with bourbon lubricant, mixed by a bartender from the Epicurean Hotel, I believe we achieved both.
As you know, this is only the latest in a series of collaborations I have been part of with Ella Bing. It’s not that bow ties are really my thing, but their story and the quality of the merchandise draws at my heartstrings and earns them my respect. Thus, I’m driven to advocate on their behalf whenever the opportunity arises.
LP and EB met independently of me, but the mutual connection was quickly established. Being the common denominator, as a new role, can be a gratifying position when you’re trying to grow your network and build a career. Naturally, I was happy to host a party benefitting both.
Things have moved quickly ever since London Philips opened two months ago. Buying trips to New York, this Ella Bing trunk show, and plans for an exclusive runway show and party around the Holidays (another collab I’m helping to execute).
Sasha looks like a model, so its easy to mistake her. She is indeed the owner and buyer at LP. Her husband is also in fact not a model, but the co-owner and curation advisor. They are both a serious delight. Two of the few people in Tampa who can make me gush like my insecure, nervous 19-year-old self, purely based on their disarming friendliness and worldly good looks.
We received a crowd of 30 or so people throughout the evening, and from what I’m told, did some good sales.
That is all I wanted for both Ella and London.
I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. Thanks to Lance Crawford Photography.