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CONTENTS The G reenwich i ssue 96

A NEW ERA FOR GREENWICH

The Greenwich real estate market has been

booming since 2020, as city dwellers have taken to the suburbs in droves. And with the rush, we’ve seen a new generation flock to the storied town. For our annual photoshoot, we spent the day with some of these young couples and friends at the newly listed Robin Hill Farm estate. P roduced Murray, PhoToGraPhed by Julie s karraTT

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SUMMER IN EUROPE As restrictions ease, pent-up demand for travel abroad has accelerated and many are rushing overseas. Here’s our guide to the best destina-

tions in Europe to travel to this summer. by brooke Murray

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JULIAN FELLOWES HONORED BY THE SAINT NICHOLAS SOCIETY

In late May,

the Society awarded its prestigious Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence to the Downton Abbey and Gilded Age creator. by JaMie MacGuire

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TOP SHOPS IN DOWNTOWN GREENWICH

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FRESH FINDS

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CANTEENS

Greenwich Avenue dining hot spot Hinoki celebrates one year.

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WEDDINGS

It’s wedding season, and here are some of Quest’s favorite newlyweds. by brooke murray

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FASHION

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OPEN HOUSE

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REAL ESTATE

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SOCIAL CALENDAR

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YOUNG & THE GUEST LIST

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SNAPSHOT

As the weather warms up, New York City comes back to life. by DaviD PatriCk Columbia Our photographer recalls photographing Régine Zylberberg in 1979.

Reminiscing about nights at the Carlyle hotel.

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Looking back at Jerry Zipkin’s birthday party hosted by Pat Buckley in the ’70s.

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Drawing parallels between David Richardson’s military work and art making. by anthony haDen-Guest Beach season and new summer accessories have arrived. by brooke murray anD elizabeth meiGher

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The magnificent Arsht Estate in Miami is a new record-breaking listing.

Insights from top brokers in Charleston, Westchester, and Greenwich. by brooke murray The best galas and luncheons to enjoy this season in our favorite communities. PYTs partying in New York and Palm Beach. by brooke murray

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Clockwise from bottom left: Behind the scenes at Quest’s June photoshoot in Greenwich; Anthony Haden-Guest; Taki Theodoracopulos; Jamie MacGuire (a.k.a. Audax) with Monica Gerard-Sharp and Julian Fellowes at the Saint Nicholas

AT LAST, we’ve reached the forward cusp of Summer! With a protracted (and unnecessary) war still at hand ... with (too long ignored) inflation barely subsiding ... with our (polarized) elections already raging ... we welcome this moment to reclaim the sunny side of the calendar. Lest we forget, it was barely one year ago when we cautiously emerged from a life changing—and life threatening—pandemic. Having been granted this reset, let’s embrace our “off season” lives without abandoning our renewed priorities and common purpose. As our observant readers well know, June is Quest’s annual snoop into Greenwich, Connecticut, still the most renowned town in American suburban lore. The British-borrowed name itself connotes a lifestyle of genteel country living, amateur sportsmanship, and casual entertaining on long, verdant lawns; indeed, even the looming towers of Manhattan seem farther away during Summer. As she has for the past six years, our gifted Senior Editor Brooke Murray has brilliantly directed our Greenwich coverage, complemented again by the able eye of Quest’s indefatigable Photographer-at-Large, Julie Skarratt. Despite capital markets that slip-side and decline, the residential values in Greenwich continue to soar, and “scarcity” has become the new definition of luxury real estate. Our June number is also rich with the wise and witty words of our revered columnists, most visibly Jamie MacGuire, a.k.a. the legendary “Audax,” who entertains us with a visual recollection of Pat Buckley’s boldfaced birthday bash for the questionable Jerry Zipkin ... AND with an insidery view of Julian Fellowes’ most recent return to “The Colonies,” where the latter received deserved kudos from the descendants of the Saint Nicholas Society. Fellowes is riding a hot hand at the moment, with his second anglophilic cinema, Downton Abbey, just now introduced on the big screen, right on the heels of his Gilded Age success on cable television and streaming services. In the pages ahead, and after a long absence, Quest welcomes back the voice of Anthony Haden-Guest, who has penned a fine piece on artist David Richardson, a decorated soldier who has relinquished his government-issue rifle for a simple paint brush and palette. And finally, don’t miss Taki’s always best-read column, of course for his typical trenchant poetry but also for the welcomed announcement

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of Robin Birley’s newest club, to be headquartered not in London but in New York’s old Westbury Hotel. As many Quest readers have come to know, this publisher is a baseball purist - devoted to the “Game,” and to his beloved pinstriped Yankees. Sadly, Roger Angell, the modest yet greatest writer in baseball’s long literary history, has passed away at the uncrooked score of 101 years. Back when The New Yorker was a magazine recognized for rigorous prose, rather than its plebeian political ranting, Roger Angell would annually sum up the baseball season in a near-elegiac column that captured the sport from the perspective of its most devout fans and doting followers. Described by his peers as an intellect with broad tastes, you could regularly find him walking up Madison Avenue with his terrier on leash. On one of these walks, said Angell about baseball (and about life): “It’s childish on the surface of it, to affiliate ourselves with anything so insignificant and contrived as a professional sports team. But (pausing wistfully) ... what is left out, it seems to me, is the business of caring—caring deeply and passionately—a capacity that has almost gone out of our collective lives.” Heeding the wisdom and spirit of a genuine American laureate, this Summer ... let caring be our guide. ◆

Chris Meigher ON THE COVER: George Morell, Sarah Mallory, Erin Perley, Juliet Little, Noelle Benincasa, and Nora and Richard Benincasa at Robin Hill Farm in Greenwich, for “A New Era for Greenwich” (page 96). Produced by Brooke Murray, photographed by Julie Skarratt.

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NEW YORK SOCIAL DIARY WELCOME TO SUMMERTIME. We’ve reached a point after the past two and a half years of isolation, first forced (lockdowns), to self-assumed (for safety’s sake) isolation in general, where many of our day-to-day living habits were altered. In the towers of New York, that is intense, for this is a city

of The People. We couldn’t live without each other, believe it or not (I know a lot of us don’t believe it). We live with everybody here. Millions of us. I don’t have the statistics handy but we are home to many nationalities, languages, and even music. Isolating all of that energy is no small ef-

fect on the entire city life. And so it was. But in the past few weeks, a little more than a month, that has changed again. New York is back. The calendar, in this case the social calendar, is filling up and the mood is lifting with summer just around the corner and up the avenue.

We can start with Easter Sunday. In New York, the center of Easter Sunday is the parade—its origins extended by several centuries when Christianity was gaining ground in Europe. They would gather together at an appointed location and make a solemn walk to their church of the new

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religion, demonstrating their solidarity, as well as drawing attention to it in their communities. At the end of the 19th century here in New York, religion reigned, but so did Society (so to speak), and the “parade” originated on the fashionable blocks of newly built mansions, from Washington Square to 58th Street, ending at the block long 153 room mansion of Cornelius Vanderbilt II (where Bergdorf Goodman and Van Cleef stand today). On Easter Sunday back then, its residents gathered and strolled—with men in black tie and top hats and the women ensconced in stylish coats and chapeaux. The parade became an exciting spectacle of fash28 QUEST

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ion (and religious observance, so to speak). Those who came from the poorer and middle class neighborhoods nearby would attend just to see the latest trends in fashion. The tradition lasted well into the middle of the 20th century. In 1947, it was estimated that the parade drew more than one million people! That number has dwindled markedly as has the religious devotion that initially motivated it. This year it numbered between two and three thousand participants. My first and only experience of the parade was on Easter

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2001. It was a beautiful bright and sunny Easter Sunday. I went down to cover it but we’d missed the core of the parade by noontime. There was a small crowd remaining of maybe a couple hundred milling about in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. W h a t was notable was it was a crowd of predominantly drag queens. Dressed for the occasion. Their fashions were a creative variety of fashion marking the day. Many were “dressy” and amusing, unlike last year’s, which had a preponderance of flesh and legs and burlesque.

But my memory of that first time retains the presence of Elizabeth, the Queen Mother in an ensemble of powder blue—shoes, dress with matching coat, and widebrimmed hat that looked like it had come directly from the Queen Mum’s closet. Truly chic, funny in its way, but nevertheless chic. The Queen Mum’s Double did a brilliant job of capturing the persona, ensemble, comportment et al. There was the art. In retrospect, that gathering 20 years ago was already making way for the 21st century Easter Parade where the participation is motivated by the tendency to amuse and enjoy oneself. Its connection to the ancient religious tradition remains, broadly and widely

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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A altered to the consciousness of the early 21st century. Meanwhile, back to the business of life. On a Thursday night I was invited to a book signing for Entertaining In Style; Nancy Astor and Nancy Lancaster: Table Settings, Recipes, Flower Arrangement and Decorating by Jane Churchill and Emily Astor. With a foreward by Bob Colacello, and photographed by Andrew Montgomery. Wilbur and Hilary Ross hosted the party. The Ross apartment overlooks the East River and Brooklyn and Long Island beyond. It was the last work of the late Mario Buatta. Some who know these things say it’s his greatest work. It certainly is a beautiful environment, taking full advantage of

the spectacular view, the light, and the sunset at its peak. I asked Jane Churchill, who is a prominent London interior designer, what motivated this book. She pointed out that interior design books stick pretty close to the contemporary, but this is a book of a family history, and human and political history. Both Churchill and Astor are directly related to those women—Nancy Astor was born in the late 19th century in Virginia, as was her niece Nancy Lancaster. They both married Englishmen and lived most of their adult lives in England. Jane Churchill is a granddaughter of Nancy Lancaster, and Emily Astor is a granddaughter of Nancy Astor. The two Nancys came from

Virginia. The elder Nancy’s father was a Southern businessman just recovering from the Civil War’s effect on his life. They lived in a substantially grand property/house called Mirador that lay at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The land until 1800 belonged to the Native Americans. The Langhornes entertained frequently. Guests visiting were mainly from New York and Washington. The Langhornes lived so far from cities that when people came to visit, they stayed for a while. Mr. Langhorne was seriously interested in the cooking. Southern cooking. He was also “passionate” about food and how it would be cooked. It was called the Mirador Cookbook. He passed this cookbook down

to his daughters who used it all their lives. The American recipes in this book had an enormous influence on changing the diet of England. They were constructed for those who like a wholesome outdoor way of life, and taking strenuous exercise. Slim and fit her whole life, Nancy Astor rode and hunted, and swam everyday in the Thames when at Cliveden (when it was warm enough; she skated when it froze). She played tennis, squash, and golf—all of which she took very seriously. Nancy was the first of her sisters to make England and married Waldorf Astor in 1906. He was the son of Waldorf Astor who was an American heir and once a next door

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neighbor of Caroline Astor (the Mrs. Astor). Waldorf, Sr. was finally so annoyed that Mrs. Astor publicly referred to herself as the Mrs. A (as if she were the only one), that eventually he tore down his next door mansion, built a 12 story hotel in its place (calling it the Waldorf), filling the entire property next to the Mrs. Astor. And moved to England where he felt he would more appreciated. (The Empire State Building stands there today.) His son, Waldorf Astor, Jr. was a member of parliament when Nancy married him. In 1919, after Waldorf was given a royal title and moved to the House of Lords, Nancy Astor became the first woman mem32 QUEST

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ber of Parliament. This was a major event—a woman, not only a woman, but American becoming a member of Parliament. Nancy Astor, the historical character, was controversial in that she said what she thought. There is a famous story about a brief conversation between her and Winston Churchill in which she said to him, “If I were your wife, I’d put poison in your coffee,” to which he was said to reply: “If you were my wife, I’d drink it!” A current biography of Churchill states that it is not true. Nevertheless Winston

Churchill was often a guest at Cliveden and often dined, lunched, and breakfasted on with meals from the Mirador cookbook. However, Lady Astor’s dining room table was always jammed with chairs for the growing guestlist. It was so crowded that Sir Winston on one particular night refused to eat anything and at the end he said: “Thirty dishes served and no damn room to eat one!” This is a fascinating interiors/cookbook, as well as a history of a time, a place, a people, the Western civilization,

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Director Nikki Ogunnaike, acclaimed writer Glory Edim and “Good Morning America” television producer and author Michelle Hord. Held on the Apollo’s iconic stage, the Divas luncheon offers participants an opportunity to connect with some of the country’s most powerful, accomplished, and influential women. Attendees included Gayle King; First Lady of New Jersey Tammy Murphy; New York Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs Laurie Cumbo; Crystal McCrary McGuire; Tonya Lewis Lee; Erika Liles; Jill Pemberton (CFO, LVMH). Wendy Credle, Lisa Davis, Nina Wells, Lesley Goldwasser, and Whit-

ney Gayle-Benta among many others. At the end of last month, the 2021/2022 International Best-Dressed list will be published by Air Mail, Graydon Carter’s digital publication. The List was devised originally to stimulate the buying, wearing, and manufacturing of American clothing when fashion news from Paris was cut off by World War II. It soon became an authority on fashion style and gained visibility. Over the years it came to represent an annual snapshot of our culture through the lens of fashion. The latest edition reflects figures from the worlds of philanthropy, music, fashion, society and sports. This year the

List has also officially become non-binary, with the previously discrete “Women” and “Men” categories now merged. The first list, commonly referred to as the Best-Dressed List was first published in 1940, a direct result of the War in Europe where France had been occupied by the Nazis and the entire continent was living on the edge of catastrophe. And the fashion business had mainly closed down. Eleanor was a young woman from Indiana who had moved to New York after college with the ambition of becoming a sculptor. Once here—in the 1930s amidst the Depression – in need to support herself, she accidentally fell into working as a promoter of art galleries.

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Actor Richard Gere, who was honored in 2019, was on hand as their son Adrien surprised them to present them with the Heart of the City Award. In the past quarter century, the Riperts’ leadership and support has helped City Harvest rescue and deliver nearly one billion pounds of food— including 270 million pounds in the two years since March 2020. City Harvest is New York’s first and largest food rescue organization, helping to feed millions of New Yorkers who struggle to put meals on their tables. This year they will rescue more than 100 million pounds of fresh, nutritious food and deliver it free of charge to nearly 400 food pantries, soup kitchens, commu-

nity partners, and their own Mobile Markets® across the five boroughs. For more than 35 years, City Harvest has always been there to feed our city—one day, one meal, one New Yorker at a time. Which, speaking of meals, May 5th was a big day in the philanthropic world of New York. It was the 40th Annual Frederick Law Olmsted Awards Luncheon under an enormous white tent at the Garden of Central Park on Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street. This date also marks, coincidentally the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Park’s creator/designer for whom the luncheon is named. The luncheon is hosted by the Central Park Conservancy’s Women’s

Committee. But it is known locally, as well as far and wide, as The Hat Luncheon. The Women’s Committee was the idea of five New York women back in 1983. Their goal was to improve the Park via maintenance. Their creation is now a community of Central Park enthusiasts with a passion for preserving and enhancing Central Park. The Committee provides invaluable support to the Conservancy and has raised over $200 million since its inception in 1983. I don’t know how the “hats” became the subject, but they have served the committee well—it is probably the most popular luncheon on the charity circuit in New York. The hats are whims of fashion,

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a celebration to amuse; a reward. It’s a great big fun lunch where many women wear hats of a wide variety of design, and not a few of which are highly imaginative, decorative, smart, chic, colorful, and fun. The annual event is a celebration of Central Park and highlights the role the public can play in supporting the Park. This year it raised just over $4 million with several hundred guests. Among them were the Park Women’s Committee President Yesim Philip, joined by Central Park Conservancy President & CEO Betsy Smith; Chairman of the Board, Tom Kempner; as well as luncheon co-chairs Katherine Birch, Mary Moran, Margo Nederlander and Caterina Heil Stewart; and former mayor Michael Bloomberg, who also has been a major contributor. Back home at my desk. I’ve been reading The Palace Papers, the Tina Brown book about the Royal Family. It is a brilliant book. It is at once history in terms of facts and the author’s take; and also the natural melodrama of family life and lives. Except this family is Numero Uno and lives like Kings and Queens.

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woman who became the most world famous of all the Royals, including The Queen. She was the future of the Royal Family. Or so it was thought in the beginning. I felt compelled to finish that chapter, which naturally led me into one about Charles and then Camilla; and by then I felt compelled. Both the Prince of Wales and his inamorata really got around —by which I mean anything you can want it to mean. They were free and easy, frequently and freely. What rates as gossip but is in fact gives the reader a strong sense of the personalities of these individuals. They are characters in a novel that you become attached to in terms of credibility. A number of years ago I

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is life. The details of the author’s portraits of these lives make them very accessible to all of us. The other thing about this book, aside from its excellent story-telling, is that it invites you in to see how complicated we are. For example: Her Majesty the Queen a bad mother? If you were Charles’ shrink you might conclude that. If you learned how she spent those early mother years at other tasks and in other places, and often by choice, you could see the boy’s experience of mama. Not. We

can pass judgment on those terms but in fact, it’s not an original experience and even a common one for many of us; mothers who work. The Queen who is portrayed as very real is nevertheless a fascinating person—an agreed-upon special individual, and maybe even the most powerful woman in the world today by the nature of her conduct and reputation. Nevertheless she is and was a mother. And like all mothers, she had her way of dealing with the matter(s). And if she didn’t feel like it, she also had a really good excuse/reason to exempt herself from maternal duties. Besides, she paid the rent and put the food on everyone’s table. The Palace Papers is brilliant and compelling. Its

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IT SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY BEFORE STUDIO 54, there was the legendary Queen of Disco, Régine Zylberberg, photographed here in 1979 after a long night of dancing at her famous Paris club, New Jimmy’s. Régine laughingly told me she often used the ice buckets for more than Champagne. Never afraid to speak her mind, she also told me this photograph of her would make me famous. At the height of her reign in the ’70s, the Queen of the Night (as she called herself) had the entire world dancing in one of her 22 discotheques… and yet in her ‘spare’ time in the early ’60s she composed and recorded more than a few songs in the ilk of Edith Piaf. Tiffany’s Design Director Emeritus, John Loring, recalls, “The first of her clubs in Paris’s Latin Quarter, ‘Chez Régine,’ was an unmarked door next to the restaurant La Pergola. Designer Fernando Sanchez was there every night, dancing shirtless in the unbearably hot basement. People watching was de rigor. Famed 60 QUEST

author Francoise Sagan was there most nights—it was the place to be; even the Duke and Duchess of Windsor were there.” Author and photographer Caterine Milinaire recalls, “I remember the St. Germain club... dancing the night away in my teens with Philipe Junot, who later married Caroline de Monaco. Régine had a positive energy, and for decades could make people of all walks of life and ages feel comfortable in the many incarnations of her various establishments.” Photojournalist Paige Peterson remembers Régine’s in New York, “Régine was utterly charming. She was the Queen of the Night—completely at home as herself in her Park Avenue club. There were always celebrities there… it was a visual feast.” Régine was truly an original. I traveled with Régine (by Concord no less) to various clubs of hers when photographing her for LIFE magazine in 1979. Today, the many fond memories make me smile. u


Régine Zylberberg, photographed by Harry Benson after a long night of dancing at her famous Paris club, New Jimmy’s, in 1979.

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TA K I

CARLYLE STYLE

Clockwise from left: The entrance of The Carlyle; Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor; Bobby Short (left)

NEW YORK—Back in the good old days the Carlyle hotel on Manhattan’s Upper East Side was THE hotel for Yankee swells, rich politicians such as JFK, and, of course, upper-class Eurotrash. Both my children were born at a hospital nearby, and both newborns spent their first month of life at the hotel. Alexandra and I would leave our nearby brownstone that was more upside-down and move to the Carlyle that was more sideways, thanks to my dad’s generosity. We were 62 QUEST

given the presidential suite with roundthe-clock service and doctor availability galore. While waiting for her brother to be born at any minute, my 5-year-old Lolly had the run of the hotel and took full advantage, raiding the formal dining room for sweets, demanding funds from the cashier (unsuccessfully), and playing with her toys in the middle of the reception area as the grandees came and went. Then one day she suddenly disappeared. Alexandra was in bed having just given

birth to John Taki, the nanny had needed a private moment, and I was recovering from a night out. Panic stations all around, but doormen on both exits assured us that no one had seen the 5-year-old, and then a thorough search of the hotel was ordered. With cops on their way, the mystery was solved when a lift operator remembered that Elizabeth Taylor, appearing in Broadway’s Little Foxes, had picked up the pretty little girl and taken her to her suite so she

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and Jack Lemmon play a duet at Café Carlyle in 1982.


TA K I could play with some other child she and Richard Burton had collected. Some weeks later, at the play’s opening in Washington, I was seated next to the star, having been invited by the daughter of Taylor’s then hubby, a U.S. senator. I told her about the kidnapping of my little girl, but the star remembered little. “Oh yes,” was her only comment. That’s Hollywood for you, but at least she meant well. Yep, those were the days and nights of youthful exuberance. Jimmy Goldsmith kept a year-round suite at the place,

fictitious flea-bitten dumps, there was always an operator who sooner or later answered. Not at the modern Carlyle. Never mind. Exuberance has turned to exasperation here in the Bagel, yet Robin Birley is going to open a great place one block from me at the Westbury. Robin has never failed, and this is manna from heaven as far as I’m concerned. Piling into some limo and spending an hour in traffic to get into a downtown club where some gorilla at the door runs a device all over you looking for guns is not my idea

guards than clients. Even more outrageous than violent daytime shoplifting is the annual freak show at the Metropolitan Museum, run by the egregious Anna Wintour, now looking more simian by the minute, oversize sunglasses not helping. The freak show is called the Met Gala, and this year the stars were the Kardashian clan, once upon an untacky (no relation) time personae non grata, now greeted like stars of Hollywood’s golden past.

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Wintour at the 2022 Met Gala.

as did my mother-in-law. Bobby Short played Cole Porter at the piano every night, with Woody Allen filling in at times. The owner of the Carlyle, Peter Sharpe, loved Porter and Arcadia, and he made sure only nice things happened to those lucky enough to live there. After his death the hotel was sold to a Chinese company, and it now resembles Miss Havisham’s drawing room, with clientele that make Millwall supporters seem to possess plenipotentiary dignity by comparison. The staff looks disgruntled more often than not, although some of them do speak English, however accented. In the meantime, I rang and rang a friend staying there and never got an answer from the hotel switchboard. I tried to think back to when this had ever happened, and it hadn’t. Even in Raymond Chandler’s

of fun. And speaking of guns, I went to dinner at designer Carolina Herrera’s house the other evening and the next day read how swanky Madison Avenue on the Upper East Side, starting with the Herrera boutique, has lowered the lights and opens the doors by appointment only due to brazen daytime shoplifting. Carolina’s place has been robbed so many times it now pretends to be shuttered. The designer herself told me that if someone looks suspicious and is refused entry, it is deemed racist and she could be sued. Her swankiest handbag sells for 4,500 big ones, and a brazen thief picked up four or five of them recently and then ordered the doorman to open it for him. No one dared refuse him. Nearby Chanel and Prada, one block down from me, are also tightly locked up with more security

The tickets cost 35,000 big ones per seat, and the last time anyone who ate with a fork and knife and not their hands paid this amount I was a kid in short trousers. Talk about how the Carlyle hotel has changed, the Met Gala has gone from an elegant soiree attended by swells to a freak show overseen by Anna Wintour, just as Madison Avenue’s luxury mile has turned into a violent shoplifter’s paradise. New York, New York, it’s a wonderful town, sang Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly in the synonymously named movie. It’s now a freak show, and a dangerous one to boot, sings Taki. What am I doing here? Well, she’s young and beautiful, and she likes older men—and I’m just kidding, of course. u For more Taki, visit takimag.com. JUNE 2022 63


AUDAX

FLASHBACK: JERRY ZIPKIN’S BIRTHDAY AT ELAINE’S

AUTHOR CHRISTOPHER BUCKLEY is one of the fortunate few still to be living in his childhood home. On a recent foray to Stamford in January, where he was finishing up his latest novel due out in August, Chris lent Quest a treasure chest of photos in the form of an album Jerry Zipkin had sent Patricia Buckley to thank her for the birthday party she and Nan Kempner gave him at Elaine’s in the mid-1970s. Among the dramatis personae are Nan, Jerry, Mica Ertegun, Pat, Chessy Rayner, Bill Buckley, Diana Vreeland, Ahmet Ertegun, Bill Blass, and Slim Keith. The hairdos, fashion, and even the cigarettes are symptomatic of the decade, and a welcome reminder of a more convivial decade, which, coming out COVID, we would all be delighted to return to. This was the crowd that dominated Page Six, WWD, and other Society chronicles of that era. After Diana Vreeland retired, Pat Buckley took the helm at the Metropolitan Museum 64 QUEST

From above: Nan Kempner, Jerry Zipkin, Mica Ertegun, Pat Buckley, and Chessy Rayner; Peter Sharpe, Louise Melhado Grunwald, and Bill Buckley.


Costume Institute Gala and ensured that the bash remained a bastion of elegance and glamour, not the so-called celebrity freak show it has morphed into today. “I think it’s an extraordinary piece of New York cultural history,” commented Chris, “A moment in time when tous les bien esprits came together at Elaine’s to celebrate their friend Jerry.” Looking at these photographs in 2022, one cannot help but be touched by how young, vibrant, witty, and happy all the celebrants look. They lived another 30 to 40 years but are almost all gone now, and New York is much the poorer without them. But thanks to Christo’s generous loan of his mother’s photo album, we can cast a fond eye back on what was, and can be again post-plague, a joyous time in Gotham. ◆

Clockwise from top left: William F. Buckley, Diana Vreeland, and Jerry Zipkin; Ahmet Ertegun, Doris Duke, Kenny Jay Lane; Bianca Jagger and Andy Warhol; Ahmet Ertegun, Bill Blass, Slim Keith, Jerry Zipkin, and Aileen Mehle; Pat Buckley lighting up. JUNE 2022 65


ART

UNLEASHING A SOLDIER’S PASSION

FOUR WHITE PLANKS hanging on a wall of the house in Arlington, Virginia, Colonel David Richardson, formerly of the Marines, shares with two peppy young sons are painted with lines from Homer’s Iliad about the hero, Diomedes. They end: He grasped a spear and the fighter strode away and roused those men to leave their beds and march. Up on those walls too are abstractions from his Trojan War series and images indicating the Ace of Spades, the Two of Diamonds, the Three of Hearts painted on corrugated tin sheets he has punctured with buckshot. His fellow Marines in Ramadi, Iraq, were demon card players. “And in Ramadi half of everything is built from corrugated tin,” he says. David Richardson is a warrior and also an artist, a show of whose work will be open at the UEastside Gallery at 13 East 67th Street on May 19th. Much of what has gone into the art was birthed in Ramadi, the town in Iraq in which the Marines were stationed between January and June 2006. “It was just a town shot to shit,” he says. “Millions of bulletholes. There was something about the randomness of the way we tore that city apart with F18s and machine gun bullets. I remember looking at a cinderblock wall, it’s all shot up, and thinking that there was something very Jackson Pollock about this.” He adds “We named the roads Green, Red, Black. Green, you could travel down the road. If it was marked red on the map, dangerous! If the road was marked black on the map you stood a good chance of getting killed, blown up. It was 10 years after the war that I began to use random gunfire as a design element.” Back story. David Richardson grew up in Waterford, a township in Michigan, 35 miles to the north of Detroit. He was one of seven children, his father a U.S. Navy diver and his 66 QUEST

mother an accomplished figurative painter, who taught him to draw and paint. An older brother, Nathan, is a sculptor and after David graduated from Harding University, Arkansas, in 1988 he got down to painting seriously. “I did that for about two years,” Richardson says. He then joined the Marine Corps as a commissioned officer because he saw that he could thereby satisfy two felt needs, which were to take effective action in a dangerous world while also satisfying his lust to paint, oddly with privacy. “Even when I was overseas, I painted,” Richardson says. “I had lots of free time. When I was in Okinawa I painted. When I was living in Japan I did a lot of small watercolors.” So Richardson was leading a double life? Yes, but with overlaps and Homer’s Iliad, an energy source for his art, was one of them. “I felt I had lived with some of these characters from the Iliad. And I had internalized a lot of their ethos, like honor and grief. Professional differences, petty jealousies, things like that. I knew Marines like Diomedes, like Hector. I knew a guy like Odysseus. The Trickster!” Indicating himself. Did he share that with his fellow Marines? “That never came up,” he says, dryly. He left the service in 2013 and quotes the observation of a friend. “He said: David, you served 22 years in the Marines so that you could make these paintings. Painting wasn’t something you did on the side. You would paint and the Marine Corps was your side gig.” So back to painting. The bulk of Richardson’s work had been abstract but in September 2006, the month he returned from combat in Ramadi, returned to figuration with a bang, launching upon a series of strong realist portraits. Why? “Well, I had wanted to return to figuration for a long time,”

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he said. “I love drawing nudes, I love chalk drawings. But I was looking for a new way to make portraits.” This new way involved drawing, the hand-cutting of stencils, the application of spray paint and a coat of varnish. He then shoots a few holes in them and embeds images in those holes. To what extent does he aim the shots? “I aim very well. I aim at the part of the painting where I think the composition needs something. I try not to blow up the face. It defeats the purpose.” It happened that I had been the subject of the first portrait. Which had long struck me as odd because we had met just once, at a party. I asked why, while preparing this piece. “We had met and talked,” he says. “And when I went back and looked you up online I saw a photo where the composition was perfect to do a portrait. Composition-primer perfect.” So it hadn’t been my sparkling wit? Oh, well. In June 2020 it was as if a long arm reached back and Richardson was appointed Assistant Secretary of CWMD, namely Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction. “It’s an extension of my military career”, he says. “It has made me a living outside the military but it hasn’t affected my work I don’t think in any significant manner.” He adds, “It’s not the immediacy of the Marine Corps. But I had a Q clearance where I can brief the president on that issue.” In wartime, cards are a way to pass time between patrols, operations, and the work of war. In Iraq, U.S. troops were issued playing card decks featuring Iraqi officials wanted by the U.S. Government. In his Shotgun Paintings, Richardson references the design of these cards with images stenciled on building material commonly used in Iraq - corrugated tin and plywood. Opposite page: David Richardson.

Richardson finds parallels between his military work and his art making. “In the Marine Corps you learn to make decisions,” he says. “Did you make that decision in a timely manner? And can you justify that decision? It’s similar in art. Did you complete the piece? And what’s your justification for doing that work?” But dealing with the apparatus of government has not been the fun part, “The bureaucracy of the government has pushed me more and more towards the arena of art as a real human endeavor,” Richardson says. “The Marine Corps never struck me as a stupid organization. But the bureaucracy of the federal government is really cold and kind of dumb. Often decisions are made by consensus. It’s very un-artlike. It’s like 17 people painting a painting. But that has been a foil for my own painting.” The WMDs that he must track and analyze are, of course, the same elusive WMDs that got the U.S. into the Iraq war in the first place. “Fighting in the government center in Iraq was real. But it was a very limited war and limited to a handful of streets,” Colonel David Richardson says. “This is more real than the one I fought in Iraq. There’s an 800 pound gorilla in the room. And that 800 pound gorilla is weapons of mass destruction. “But somehow all that goes away when I’m working with paint, even the nukes, the bio-weapons. The painting is the real work. It always has been. The other stuff is a great hobby and I got good at it. But I’m not convinced I’ve gotten good enough at the art.” ◆ JUNE 2022 67


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HOT SPOT HINOKI CELEBRATES ONE YEAR BY BROOKE MURRAY

THE HOSPITALITY industry in particular was hit hard by the pandemic, but restaurants opening their doors on Greenwich Avenue indicates a rebound in downtown Greenwich. One of the avenue’s hottest new dining spots is Hinoki, which just celebrated its one-year anniversary in May, and serves Asian cuisine in a hip atmosphere. Helmed by Chef Steven Chen and K Dong, who also own nearby MIKU Sushi and KUMO Sushi Lounge in Westchester, the restaurant has united two fine-dining concepts under one roof— Izakaya and Omakase—in two distinct spaces. Upon entering, diners are greeted by a sprawling, wraparound oak-wood bar, which is a destination in itself and boasts an energetic atmosphere - perfect for a happy hour, a night out, or a pre-dinner drink. Serving craft cocktails by a locally acclaimed mixologist— including the Margarita de Fatima, a fruity spin on your average Marg, and the flaming Old Fashioned—the bar is as pleasing aesthetically as the cocktails are to sip. The bar displays premium 72 QUEST


CANTEENS liquors and glassware, while the restaurant’s rare whiskey and sake collection line the interiors. Limited in quantity, these special bottles are available as off-the-menu requests; Dong has been building the collection and relationships with these exclusive distributors since he launched KUMO Sushi Lounge in 2014. The bar area, towards the front of the restaurant, is where diners can sit and order from the Izakaya-style a la carte menu, which features relaxed Asian small plates like the Himalayan Tuna, Duck Buns, or Toro Caviar Tacos. For those looking for more traditional dishes, the menu also offers large plates like the grilled Miso Black Cod and a range of sushi—from signature

these “top-quality ingredients” coupled with innovation in the dishes and great service in a chic environment that make Hinoki stand out. Chen and Dong own a seafood distribution company in Flushing, New York, and receive daily shipments from the famous Tokyo fish market, resulting in unrivaled freshness in Hinoki’s seafood selections. The pair also boasts a history of philanthropic endeavors, so you can enjoy a guilt-free dining experience knowing that the two are most likely putting their heads together to come up with their next charitable endeavor. Most recently, they partnered with the Bruce Museum, serving a curated menu of dishes and a cocktail at MIKU, with 100%

Clockwise from top left: The Old Fashioned cocktail; grilled Miso Black Cod; an assortment of Izakaya style dishes, including Cocktail Yellowtail, Himalayan Tuna, and Umazine Salmon. Opposite page:

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Chef Steven Chen and K Dong.

rolls to assorted platters, perfect for sharing. The Izakaya menu is also available outdoors in the warmer months. For those unsure of what to order, General Manager Liam Zang knows the menu inside and out and will help guide through the best selections for any diner’s taste. The back area of Hinoki, which includes a traditional sushi bar, is reserved for a private chef’s table experience known as Omakase, ideal for birthday parties and corporate celebrations. Hinoki is named after the wood from the Japanese cypress tree that is used in almost every aspect of life. “From building temples to food containers and essential oils, the wood is one of the most elegant types of wood in Japan and has been since ancient times,” explained Dong. It’s no surprise that the quality of food served echoes the status of the wood. And, to Dong, it’s

of proceeds benefiting the museum throughout the month of December. “Collaborations like this give us the ability to make an impact in the community and beyond,” said Dong. “Our team enjoys learning about our non-profit partners and sharing that information with our customers. We’re looking to build upon this campaign for 2022 with new ideas.” Additionally, Hinoki is expanding into the space next door and will double in size this summer, making this flagship location on the corner of Fawcett Place the largest bar area in Greenwich. “The goal with the new space is to host Omakase dinners, and private events and improve the overall customer experience with more room to move around—and dance! The restaurant is fun, relaxing, and fresh. Something new and different for the Greenwich community,” said Dong enthusiastically. u JUNE 2022 73


Tory Berner &Vince Korth

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Tory and Vince were married on Boca Grande’s iconic Banyan Street. The bride donned a gown by Monique Lhuillier and carried a hanky embroidered with a note from her late beloved nanny. Her father walked her down the aisle. After the ceremony, 230 guests enjoyed dinner, dancing, and cake at The Gasparilla Inn. The couple shared their first dance to “I’ve Got the World on a String” by Frank Sinatra. Following the reception, an afterparty was held at Eagle Grille and Miller’s Dockside. The newlyweds departed for their honeymoon in Turks and Caicos as the weekend came to an end.


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Allie and Will were married before 200 guests at the Sankaty Head Beach Club. Having heard an old wives’ tale, the couple buried a bottle of bourbon upside down going into the weekend in hopes of good weather. After experiencing three glorious sunny days, they decided they would take a sip from the bottle to celebrate every anniversary. The bride wore a gown by Oscar de la Renta and carried a bouquet of Lily of the Valley with a touch of sweet William (for her hubbie!). Her father walked her down the aisle. Following the service, guests were welcomed to a reception at the Sankaty Head Golf Club for dinner, dancing, and dessert by Cake Nantucket. The newlyweds shared their first dance to “Never Tear Us Apart” by INXS. After the festivities, the couple departed for their honeymoon in Italy, where they spent eight days relaxing on Lake Garda and Lake Como.


Christina Oelsner & Lawson Neal

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Christina and Lawson were married at First (Scots) Presbyterian Church. A month before the festivities, the couple followed the Southern tradition of burying a bottle of bourbon for good weather. They dug it up on their wedding day at the bride’s childhood home with her dog, Ellie, and there wasn’t a drop of rain that evening! Christina’s father, William Kennedy Oelsner, walked her down the aisle; she wore her mother’s wedding gown as a surprise and changed into an Alexandra Grecco dress. After the ceremony, guests followed a bagpiper and twinkling lights to a reception at the Carolina Yacht Club. At the father of the bride’s request, the newlyweds and both parents of the bride and groom, danced to “What a Wonderful World.” Later on, an afterparty was held at the Blind Tiger Pub on Broad Street.


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Michelle and Michael were married before 220 guests at Windsor Chapel. The bride donned a gown by Carolina Herrera and her father, Robert D. Long, walked her down the aisle. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a reception at Windsor Town Center for dinner, dancing, and lemon cake by Earth & Sugar. The couple shared their first dance to “Digital Love” by Daft Punk. Later on, an afterparty was held at the nearby golf club. The couple spent their honeymoon in Italy, where they traveled to Rome and Positano.


RENWICK GOLF DELIVERS COMFORT & CLASS TO THE COURSE

WHILE LOOKING FOR clothing that was both attractive and fit for the golf course, sisters Pippa and Sarah Renwick found themselves frustrated. As avid golfers, they desired clothing that would maximize performance without sacrificing style, yet so much of the sportswear available lacked the balance between feminine touch and comfort. With both experienced in maneuvering the fashion industry, they set out to create a line of clothing that would provide women with a versatile, comfortable, and fashionable wardrobe—ultimately launching Renwick Golf. As Bedford natives and Connecticut frequenters, Pippa, a Greenwich Academy alum, and Sarah were surrounded by gorgeous green grass and preppy colored polos, an aesthetic that is reflected in Renwick’s style. Influenced greatly by the color schemes and simple elegance of the men’s polo, Renwick aims to add a fresh twist to a classic look: to create clothing that is comfortable on the green, but that looks stylish around the country club. With options like the polo dress, Renwick seamlessly merges the active and the relaxed into one outfit, allowing women to finally attain the comfort and

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Renwick’s Sleeveless Polo in Red White ($75) and Solid Skort in Navy ($80). Opposite page, from above: Pippa Renwick (left) with Sarah Renwick (right), Pippa’s daughter, and their mother; Renwick

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Clockwise from top left: Renwick’s Short Sleeve Polo in Periwinkle White ($85); 3/4 Sleeve Polo in Periwinkle White ($90) and Pleat Back Skort in white ($90); 3/4 Sleeve Polo in Navy White ($90); USA Sweater ($135). Opposite page: Renwick Golf co-founders Pippa Renwick and Sarah Renwick.


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style that men have enjoyed for years. Made with 100% Peruvian cotton, the fabric is so soft that it’s hard to take off. In addition to its online presence, the brand is sold primarily in country clubs in Greenwich and Northern Westchester, and has been expanding to summer destinations like Fisher’s Island and Nantucket, each sharing cultural similarities that have been woven into the Renwick Catalog. Full of people that look for a balance between busy work schedules and unwinding at the club, these towns are not only defined by picturesque golf courses and beautiful homes, but by hard working populations always on the move. Pippa and

Sarah both know women are often forced to change outfits between work and play, and the clothes they now sell are an ode to the active woman and her right to look and feel good all the time, without wasting time. Since establishing the brand in 2020, Renwick has added to its catalog, now selling beautiful mock button ups, skorts, sweaters, and accessories. Late this summer, the brand will also introduce a new Kids Collection, which the sisters are particularly proud of—they’ll finally be able to offer girls what they always wanted growing up while playing golf with their father: comfort and style on the green. JUNE 2022 85


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THE ARSHT ESTATE: MIAMI’S RECORD-BREAKING LISTING

THE ARSHT ESTATE, a magnificent waterfront compound owned by Adrienne Arsht, one of the most revered business leaders and philanthropists in the United States, is on the market for $150 million, setting the record at the time of listing for the highest-priced single residence ever in Miami-Dade and one of the priciest offerings currently for sale in the country. Neighboring Vizcaya, Miami’s landmark museum, the property, encompassing two legendary homes, is ideally sited on more than four pastoral acres (182,400 square feet) and overlooks Biscayne Bay from atop one of the city’s highest bayfront elevations. Presented by top-producing Senior Vice President Ashley Cusack with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices EWM Realty, the showplace retreat, with more than 400 feet of water frontage, enjoys a sweeping panoramic view of the Bay, Key Biscayne, and downtown Miami. “Being the steward of such a magnificent haven has been a true honor,” said Arsht. “This property has been the cherished site of some of our country’s most memorable gatherings. It is, without a doubt, one-of-a-kind and so quintessentially Miami.” Throughout the years, the estate has been referred to as “South Florida’s “embassy,” hosting a number of events involving international luminaries, including U.S. presidents, ambassadors, and world leaders. 86 QUEST

The stately gates of the Arsht Estate lead to a pair of separate, two-story homes and several standalone structures, totaling more than 25,000 square feet. The primary residence, known as Indian Spring, was built by Arsht in 1999 and designed by Jose A. Gelabert-Navia, former Dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture. The five-bedroom manse has been crafted to accommodate elegant, grandscale entertaining, with all living areas featuring sublime views of the verdant grounds and Biscayne Bay. Indian Spring has 20-foot ceilings, a formal living room and a Great Room, and an expansive, lush courtyard entryway. Adding to the inimitable elegance of the home, a formal dining room with seating for up to 20 guests is flanked by French doors on both sides. Further highlights include a primary bedroom suite with two full baths and a full gym; a grand foyer with a sweeping staircase offering direct views of the pool and Biscayne Bay; a handsome sunlit office with rich wood paneling; a sprawling family room, affectionately known as the “Garden Room;” a tranquil covered patio, which is an ideal space for entertaining guests or enjoying rest and relaxation; a Chicago brick drive; and an elevator. Indian Spring additionally has a six-car garage with an upstairs two-bedroom, two-bath apartment, as well as a private oversized office for the owners’ use. The bayfront swimming pool includes two full baths with easy access to accommodate


Clockwise from top left: The grand salon in Indian Spring; the dining room in Indian Spring; the bayfront pool; an aerial shot of The Arsht Estate; a guest room in Villa Serena. Opposite

guests for outdoor entertaining, and a lighted tennis court is situated nearby. The second residence, known as Villa Serena, was built in 1913 by former U.S. Secretary of State and three-time U.S. presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan. Designed by venerated architect August Geiger, the iconic manse boasts endless Biscayne Bay views. Villa Serena was furthermore designated“historic” by the National Register of Historic Places in 2012. Its unique design includes two ornate staircases accessing private upstairs sleeping quarters and, reflective of the era, a hidden doorway, allowing for seamless passage between rooms. The home also has a detached guest house, situated above a three-car garage. “This is a compound that invites prominence – one that is not only connected to Miami’s earliest roots, but now to the world’s future of finance, technology, and global conglomerates, all operating and conducting their business just minutes away from this exceptional time-honored property,” said Cusack. “Thanks to its refinement and world-class amenities, the Arsht Estate is a residence with absolute global appeal.”◆

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The Arsht Estate, listed for $150,000,000, is located at 3031 and 3115 Brickell Avenue in Coconut Grove, Florida 33129. For more information, contact Ashley Cusack of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices EWM Realty at 305.798.8685 or ashley@ashleycusack.com. JUNE 2022 87


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R E A L E S TAT E 39 South Battery Street in Charleston, South Carolina. Opposite page: Debbie Fisher, Broker-in-Charge, Handsome Properties.

DEBORAH C. FISHER Handsome Properties / 843.810.4110 / debbie@handsomeproperties.com / handsomeproperties.com Q: Tell me about your background in real estate. What makes you team stand out? A: As a broker and owner of Handsome Properties, I have sold or been involved in luxury real estate in several markets. Our company marketing is highly focused and includes lifestyle themes depending on the type of property. Targeted lifestyle ads can serve to expose a property to specific markets and brand your firm as well.

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Q: Which areas in Charleston do you represent? A: We represent the Charleston area, from the beaches and country estates, to the suburbs and the historic peninsula.

Q: Tell me about the state of the market. A: Charleston is still vibrant but we are struggling with very low inventory. The prices have started to stabilize but the days on the market are still single digits. Q: What advice can you offer Quest buyers and sellers? A: I would recommend that Quest buyers work with an agent to create a saved search with specific parameters. The buyer will be able to see any new inventory that comes onto the market very quickly. It may be best for out-of-town buyers to schedule a face-time showing with their agent and if the property is acceptable, quickly place an offer. If you wait to schedule a time to actually visit the property, you may lose the opportunity. Sellers need to have their properties in good order, completed professional photography and videography, and a detailed description of their property when the listing hits the market. Q: Tell me about a unique listing. A: 39 South Battery is a new listing in downtown Charleston in the historic district. The property has many of its original details from 1825, and a lovely outdoor garden and pool with water views of the Ashley River. The lot of .35 acres is quite large for downtown and can be developed into additional gardens and possibly an additional structure upon approvals. JUNE 2022 89


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Q: Tell me about the state of the market. A: Last year was marked by high demand that cleared existing inventory and brought the number of available homes to 150 by the end of the year; a 57% decrease in inventory from the 2021 high. The average days on market in 2019 was over a year, but we are currently seeing overall average of 65 days on market for homes selling for below $5M. Due to a smaller pool of potential buyers above the $5M mark, homes in that space are not moving as quickly, but the average is still under a year. The reason for the significant drop is due to the low inventory. We have not experienced the historical spring market inventory ramp up and demand is currently far outstripping supply. As long as inventory remains low, we will continue to see rising prices and shorter days on market. Q: What advice can you offer Quest buyers and sellers? A: Depending on their budget, buyers are either paying above asking in the under $5M market or paying asking or slightly below asking for properties above $5M. My advice to potential 90 QUEST

buyers would be to have everything on the ready. As a selling agent, I spend time speaking with the listing agent to ensure my clients put forth the best competitive offer possible. At the end of the day, sellers are going with offers that fit their timing, minimal or easily satisfied contingencies, and price. I pride myself on building long lasting relationships with my clients and, as such, I always advise our clients on the offer price to ensure they are not out of the range and to have a building inspection completed. While buyers are offering 20% over ask and no contingencies, I cannot in good faith advise my clients to follow suit as my main concern is protecting my clients. As for sellers, while the market is heated, correct pricing is still essential. Buyers are savvy and will not egregiously overpay for a home. Homes that are priced at or below current market value will most likely draw multiple bids due to buyers understanding the long-term value position. On the other side, sellers that overprice their home will not attract the same level of interest and will ultimately have to reduce their price to meet buyers’ expectations. Q: Tell me about a listing. A: 3 Hekma Road, listed at $13,600,000, is a fantastic home designed by renowned architect Doug Van der Horn and built by Significant Homes. Situated on just over four acres, this beautiful Georgian Colonial is the perfect family compound. With seven bedrooms and 7.4 bathrooms, there is plenty of space for family and friends. The home also has a pool, tennis court, home theater, billiards/game room, bar, elevator, vegetable garden and play set.

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Q: Tell me about your background in real estate. What makes your team stand out? A: I have been in real estate for over 25 years. I am very detailand value-oriented. My team is thoroughly prepared to work with clients at every level of the market. We are close to a concierge service by providing our clients with real time data and on point consultations in addition to beautifying a property. We are very consumer-driven.


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Shelly Tretter Lynch, Founding Member, Compass Greenwich. Opposite page: 3 Hemka Road in Greenwich, Connecticut.


BRIAN MILTON Compass / 203.900.4020 / brian.milton@compass.com / brianmiltoncompass.com / @brianpmilton Q: What makes your team stand out? A: Streamlined, white-glove service that covers unique luxury homes in relatable markets.

port. Most of my business grows organically in two ways at this point: one is through referrals and the other is word of mouth. It is a unique brand.

Q: Tell me about the different towns in Westchester and Connecticut that you represent. A: I represent homes in Northern Westchester and elite markets in Connecticut, including Greenwich and West-

Q: What advice can you offer buyers and sellers? A: It is best to be prepared as both a buyer and a seller. For a buyer, the more you see and know, the more apt you will be to make a decision when prompted. As a seller, call your potential listing agent one season before thinking of listing. This will give you time for suggestions you may not even be thinking of.

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Q: Tell me about a listing. A: My most recent listing at 35 Wilshire in Greenwich is the entire package of excellent living space, momentous outdoor amenities, usable land with privacy and unique architectural features in a one-of-a-kind stone pool house. It is the ultimate weekend, country getaway.


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35 Wilshire Road in Greenwich, Connecticut. Opposite page, from above: Brian Milton, Compass; the pool at 35 Wilshire Road in Greenwich.


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On June 8th, Central Park Conservancy will host its annual Taste of Summer event at the Bethesda Terrace with tastings by the city’s best restaurants, craft cocktails, music, and dancing. For more information, email abussell@centralparknyc.org.

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The Museum of the City of New York will host its Chairman’s Leadership Award Luncheon at The Pool at 12 p.m. The event will honor Stephen J. Ketchum and Cynthia Foster Curry in recognition of their service and commitment to New York City and its citizens. This afternoon luncheon raises funds for the Museum’s exhibitions, public programs, and education programs that serve over 50,000 students and teachers. For more information, visit mcny.org.

research, children’s education, and horticulture programs. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Anita Hall at 914.579.1000 or conball@nybg.org. AUSTRIAN AWARD

The American Austrian Foundation will host its Cultural Exchange Award Luncheon at The Metropolitan Club, honoring Maestro Franz Welser-Möst

and the Cleveland Orchestra. Founded in 1918, the Cleveland Orchestra quickly grew into one of the most admired symphony orchestras in the world. Following in the footsteps of such luminaries as Lorin Maazel, George Szell, and Pierre Boulez, Austrian conductor Franz Welser-Möst became Cleveland’s Music Director in 2002 and this acclaimed partnership has been

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The New York Botanical Garden will hold its Conservatory Ball to celebrate a one-of-a-kind exhibition, “Around the Table: Stories of the Foods We Love.” The exhibition honors the diversity and beauty of plants that are grown for cuisine all over the world and the central role food plays in many of life’s most important events. Guests are invited to enjoy cocktails and a specially curated dinner by renowned chefs followed by dancing. Proceeds from The Conservatory Ball support the Garden’s preeminent botanical 94 QUEST

extended to 2027, making him the longest-serving director in the orchestra’s history. For more information, visit aaf-online.org.

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Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, is proud to present the world premiere of Third Bird, with a libretto and direction by Isaac Mizrahi, music by composer Nico Muhly (played by Ensemble Signal and conducted by Brad Lubman), choreography by John Heginbotham, and lighting by Brandon Stirling Baker. Performances will take place through June 5th. Each 30-minute performance will take place in the Frank Lloyd Wrightdesigned Peter B. Lewis Theater at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. For more information, visit guggenheim.org.

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On June 17th, the Preservation Society of Newport will hold the Opening Reception for the Newport Flower Show at Rosecliff. For more information, visit newportmansions.com.

The legendary French country restaurant, La Cremaillere in Bedford, will kick off its weekly polo brunches in partnership with Greenwich Polo Club. For reservations, call 914.234.9647.


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Division, the Horiculture Division, and more. For more information, visit newportmansions.com.

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AN AMERICAN PICNIC

After a two-year hiatus, Southampton Fresh Air Home will host its American Picnic with Fireworks by Grucci at 7 p.m. The gracious hosts, Danielle and David Ganek, welcome you back to 1030 Meadow Lane where festivities will include a fun filled carnival with games, stilt walkers and magicians, a delicious American picnic, steel drums, a silent disco and, of course, a spectacular fireworks display over Shinnecock Bay! For more information, visit sfah.org.

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North Shore Animal League America—the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization—is excited to present its Giving Day Wooftop fundraising event in person! Enjoy breathtaking views of the New York City skyline, an Instagrammable photobooth complete with puppies to pose with, an online auction with exciting one-of-a-kind items and experiences, live music, unique vendors, unlimited drinks, delectable culinary delights and of course, quality time with adorable adoptable puppies! For more information, visit animalleague.org.

prepared by X2O. For more information, email cmichelsen@ untermyergardens.org.

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Central Park Conservancy will host its annual Taste of Summer event with culinary tastings prepared by the City’s best restaurants, craft cocktails, music, and dancing. Held at the iconic Bethesda Terrace, this annual benefit supports the Conservancy’s mission to preserve and celebrate Central Park as a sanctuary from the pace and pressures of city life, enhancing the enjoyment and wellbeing of all. For more information, email abussell@centralparknyc.org.

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The Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra will hold its debut concert evening at Carnegie Hall at 6 p.m. For more information, visit oxfordphil.org.

Real life drama will return as Royal Ascot presents a spellbinding explosion of the senses, featuring an all-star cast and world-class racing through June 18th. With a history as rich as it is long, Royal Ascot sits proudly as the jewel in the crown of the British social season. Five days of unparalleled racing, style, fine dining and pageantry will return in full majesty. For more information, visit ascot.com.

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The Untermyer Gardens Conservancy’s 2022 Sunset Soirée will take place at 6 p.m. in the magnificent Walled Garden, with spectacular views of the Hudson River and cocktails, lavish hors d’oeuvres, and dessert

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The Preservation Society of Newport will hold the Opening Reception for the Newport Flower Show at Rosecliff. The show will take place through June 19th, and will feature a beautiful and lush central garden exhibit, the Floral Design

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Nantucket’s Department of Culture and Tourism will hold its traditional Main Street activities beginning at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome to watch the dueling fire trucks compete in the water barrel filling competition. Water balloons, soakers, and other water fighting items are asked to be left at home. The Fireworks Display will be held at 9 p.m. For more information, visit nantucketchamber.org.

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PRODUCED & WRIT TEN BY BROOKE MURRAY PHOTOGRAPHED BY JULIE SKARRAT T BEAUT Y BY ARIEL, MONICK, AND MINMIN OF HOPSCOTCH SALON GREENWICH

A NEW ERA FOR GREENWICH GREENWICH, CONNECTICUT’S real estate market has been booming since 2020, as city dwellers have taken to the suburbs in droves. And with the rush, we’ve seen a new generation flock to the storied town, as increasingly younger residents look for an ideal place to settle. Greenwich has it all, offering peaceful sanctuary with a bucolic feel as well as exciting gastronomical destinations and premier shopping. For our annual photoshoot, we spent the day with some of these young couples and friends who reside in the town: George Morell, Sarah Mallory, Erin Perley, Juliet Little, Noelle Benincasa, and Nora and Richard Benincasa. Our setting was one of Greenwich’s most notable new listings, Robin Hill Farm, available for the first time in over a generation. The dreamy estate was originally built in 1937 and was designed by Augusta L. Noel, the architect behind the Whitney Museum in addition to other notable buildings throughout New York and Newport, Rhode Island. Landscaping was executed by Jacqueline Osty, who is known for beautifying the boulevards of Paris. From a tennis court and outdoor pool to stables, a riding ring, and a seven-acre grazing field, Robin Hill Farm offers the ideal lifestyle for today’s buyer. ◆ For more information on Robin Hill Farm, contact Shelly Tretter Lynch of Compass at 203.550.8508. The group arrives at Robin Hill Farm with two Italian built FIAT Jollys from Hampton Jollys (A Division of Carriage House Motor Cars). All of their Jollys have undergone a complete conversion from original FIAT 500s. Offered in multiple colors, each features wicker seats, a wicker picnic basket, painted wheels and a matching canopy top. For more information, visit hamptonjollys.com or email hamptonjollys@gmail.com. L to R: George Morell; Sarah Mallory in Polo Ralph Lauren’s Floral Smocked Cotton Midi Dress ($398) and matching Floral-Print Lace-Up Espadrille Sandals ($198); Erin Perley in Polo Ralph Lauren’s Floral Off-The-Shoulder Cotton Maxidress ($598); Juliet Little wearing Veronica Beard’s Julia Eyelet Dress ($598); Noelle Benincasa in Shoshanna’s Helena Dress ($460); Nora and Richard Benincasa. A JPUR N I LE 22002202 0 9 07


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A day at the courts in Tory Sport. L to R: Erin Perley in Tory Sport’s Performance V-Neck Tennis Dress in Snow White/Evergreen ($248); Sarah Mallory in Tory Sport’s Performance Piqué Pleated-Collar Polo ($148) and Tech Twill Tennis Skirt ($168); Juliet Little in Tory Sport’s Tech Piqué Sleeveless Tunic Top ($128) and Tech Twill Wrap Tennis Skirt ($158); Noelle Benincasa in Tory Sport’s The Performance Piqué Heart Polo and Pleated-Hem Tennis Skirt Set in Blue Silk ($286). Opposite page: Juliet Little wearing Veronica Beard’s Julia Eyelet Dress ($598) and Erin Perley in Polo Ralph Lauren’s Floral Off-The-Shoulder Cotton Maxidress ($598), with FIAT Jollys from Hampton Jollys (A Division of Carriage House Motor Cars), available at hamptonjollys@gmail.com or hamptonjollys.com; aerial view of Robin Hill Farm (inset).

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Pulling up at Robin Hill Farm’s main house in a 2007 Mercedes CLK500 from Pray Body Shop (visit praybodyshop.com or contact Courtney Fischer at 203.359.3025). L to R: Erin Perley in Polo Ralph Lauren’s Sweater-Bodice Pleated Dress in T Bird Yellow ($398); George Morell in Stubbs & Wootton’s Gator slippers ($575); Nora and her husband, Richard Benincasa, at the wheel; Noelle Benincasa in Zimmermann’s Lyre Wrap Billow Mini Dress in Electric Blue ($725); Juliet Little; Sarah Mallory wearing J.McLaughlin’s Raffia Belt ($88) and Stubbs & Wootton’s Corsini Slides ($450). Inset: George Morell, Nora and Richard Benincasa, and Juliet Little. Opposite page: George Morell in Stubbs & Wooton’s Gator slippers ($575) and Erin Perley in Polo Ralph

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Enjoying a picnic at Robin Hill Farm. L to R: Erin Perley in Stubbs & Wootton’s Octopi slippers ($575); Sarah Mallory in Stubbs & Wootton’s NiteNDay slippers ($575); and Noelle Benincasa in Stubbs & Wootton’s Basket Platino slippers ($575) with J.McLaughlin’s Elliana Straw Crossbody in Natural ($268) at her side. Opposite page, from left: George Morell; Noelle Benincasa in Veronica Beard’s Armada Pinstriped Jacket in Ecru Black ($598) and Dexter Pinstriped Pant in Ecru Black ($428); Nora Benincasa; Erin Perley in Polo Ralph Lauren’s Nautical-Motif Cotton Sweater in Cream Multi ($498) and Floral Crinkled Georgette Midi Skirt ($398); Richard Benincasa. Inset: Sarah Mallory holding J.McLaughlin’s Elliana Straw Crossbody in Natural ($268), Richard Benincasa, and Erin Perley.


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Erin Perley wearing Polo Ralph Lauren’s Nautical-Motif Cotton Sweater in Cream Multi ($498) in the stables at Robin Hill Farm. Opposite page: Noelle Benincasa in Stubbs & Wootton’s Basket Platino slippers in gold, Sarah Mallory in Stubbs & Wootton’s NiteNDay slippers, and Erin Perley in Stubbs & Wootton’s Octopi slippers in blue. All available for $575 at stubbsandwootton.com.

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Summer in Europe BY BROOKE MURRAY

As COVID restrictions ease, pent-up demand for travel abroad has accelerated and many are rushing overseas. Here’s our guide to the best destinations

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to travel to in Europe this summer, from coastal getaways to quaint cities.

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Grace Hotel, Santorini +30 22860 21300 • aubergeresorts.com/gracehotel Part of the Auberge Resorts Collection, the Grace Hotel is perched clifftop in Imerovigli and boasts arguably the best views that Santorini has to offer. The breezy hotel overlooks the Aegean Sea along with the beaches, cobaltdomed churches, and whitewashed abodes that define the area. Each guest room features an outdoor space with sweeping views of the caldera, most with a private heated plunge pool. Many of the larger suites also feature a hammam bath and spacious terraces and there is a private villa with its own swimming pool, kitchen, and spa for ultimate seclusion. While staying at the hotel, guests can enjoy the holistic spa treatments, sip Mediterranean cocktails at the 363 Lounge (at 363 meters above sea level) while taking in the sunset, dine at Varoulko Santorini (the property’s acclaimed new eatery), or sail the Aegean Sea.

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The Maybourne Riviera +33 4 93 37 22 40 • maybourneriviera.com Located in the picturesque town of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, The Maybourne Riviera, operated by Maybourne Hotel Group (the parent company of Claridge’s in London), is the new jewel of the French Riviera. Ideally situated on a rocky peninsula high above the Mediterranean, the hotel offers panoramic views of not only the sea, but also Cap-Martin and Italy to the west, and Monte Carlo to the east. The interiors were designed by Andre Fu and Pierre Yovanovitch. Accommodations include 69 guest rooms and suites, all with unrivaled views from their own private terraces, and access to the property’s indoor and outdoor swimming pools, beach club, and world-class spa. The hotel has also become an outstanding gastronomic destination on the Cote d’Azur with three top restaurants run by Mauro Colagreco of three-Michelin star Mirazur, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and Japanese chef Hiro Sato, who presents a world-class sushi experience.

Claridge’s, London +44 (0)20 7107 8862 • claridges.co.uk Set in the heart of Mayfair since the 1850s, Claridge’s has become an emblem of old-world glamour and a consistent favorite among royals, movie stars, statesmen, fashion design-

to being among the most spacious in London, each room and suite is beautifully designed and furnished with regal grandeur, complete with thoughtful, luxurious touches. The restaurants and bars—both old and new—have maintained a dedicated roster of customers who consistently return for classic cocktails in Claridge’s Bar, more innovative creations in The Painter’s Room, or the iconic Afternoon Tea in The Foyer and Reading Room.

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design, inspiring dining, impeccable service, and timeless elegance. In addition

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Caruso, A Belmond Hotel, Amalfi Coast +39 089 858 801 • belmond.com An 11th-century palace set on a cliff’s edge 1,000 feet above sea level, Belmond Hotel Caruso was originally built by a wealthy family who found sanctuary in Ravello while journeying to Constantinople. Although there have been modern updates, the hotel has preserved original qualities that serve as a reminder of why people love the area; it’s the epitome of the Amalfi Coast. The breathtaking property features century-old gardens with rose bushes climbing upward, paintings by old masters, marble-clad hallways, arches stone vaults, a private beach, fine-dining Italian restaurants with breathtaking views, and a striking infinity pool set at the highest point above Ravello overlooking the sea. Guest rooms and suites are airy and elegant, featuring hand-

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The Beaumont, London +44 20 7499 1001 • thebeaumont.com Located in a quiet neighborhood in the heart of Mayfair overlooking Brown Hart Gardens, The Beaumont occupies a 1920s Art Deco building and is situated near London’s best shops with a complimentary luxury chauffeured car waiting to transport you. The hotel boasts sleek interiors (perfect for art enthusiasts) and five-star luxury, yet maintains an intimate feel with impeccable service from the friendly staff. The hotel recently reopened after a 17-month closure for a refurbishment led by New Yorkbased designer Thierry Despont and London-based architect Reardon Smith, bringing updates to the hotel’s interiors, including a new al fresco Terrace Bar with café tables surrounded by lush greenery as well as spaces like The Mayfair Suite, which boasts a large sitting room and views of the gardens. It’s also home to some of the city’s most beloved bars and restaurants, including Le Magritte, an intimate 30-seat bar inspired by the American bars that took London by storm in the Roaring Twenties, Gatsby’s Room, where you can enjoy afternoon tea or a post-dinner drink with live music, and The Colony Grill, which serves transatlan-

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Villa d’Este, Lake Como +39 031 3481 • villadeste.com Overlooking one of the most romantic lakes in the world, Villa d’Este was originally built as a residence of the aristocracy and opened as a hotel in 1873. The property is surrounded by a wonderful 10-hectare private park. The rooms and suites overlook either the lake or the park and are divided into two buildings: the Cardinal Building and the Queen’s Pavilion. Those overlooking the lake have windows and terraces that provide exceptional views of the marina and boats as they quietly return to shore each evening. For ultimate privacy, guests have the option to rent one of the property’s 19th-century villas. The magical destination also offers an elegant dining experience at Veranda, a Sporting Club with a spectacular pool that floats over the lake, tennis and squash courts, a fitness center, and an 18-hole golf course surrounded by chestnut, birch, and pine woods.

Ritz Paris +33 1 43 16 30 30 • ritzparis.com There’s no better place to stay in the City of Lights than the iconic Ritz Paris overlooking the Place Vendôme. Known as one of the most luxurious hotels in the world, the historic Ritz Paris was founded in 1898 by the Swiss hotelier César Ritz in collaboration with French chef Auguste Escoffier. The hotel has historically been a favorite among kings and queens as well as celebrities. Coco Chanel, who lived there for 34 years, has a suite named after her, while frequenter Ernest Hemingway was the inspiration behind the hotel’s popular Bar Hemingway. Since its inception, the hotel has undergone several upgrades including a four-year, multi-million-dollar renovation completed in 2016. The rooms and suites have been updated with modern technologies for the convenience of guests yet still maintain the traditional regal grandeur that defined the era of its founding. The hotel offers several culinary destinations and bars—ranging from formal and brasserie to afternoon tea. Its newest Ritz Bar features zodiac-themed cocktails and a daily light show.


Nobu Hotel London Portman Square +44 0 20 3988 5888 • london-portman.nobuhotels.com The chic new Nobu Portman Square recently opened its doors just as the UK’s lockdown restrictions eased. The contemporary hotel, which takes inspiration from Japanese architectural disciplines and minimalist design, features 249 guest rooms and suites—many featuring a terrace overlooking Portman Square—and a large wellness and fitness center with a Pilates Studio, a spacious gym with state-of-the-art Technogym equipment, and luxury spa treatment rooms. The hotel is also home to a signature CO U RTE S Y O F T H E D OY LE CO LLE C T I O N ; N O B U H OT E L LO N D O N P O RTM A N S Q UA R E

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The Westbury, Dublin +353 1 679 1122 • doylecollection.com A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, The Westbury is centrally located in Dublin near the city’s best pubs and shops. Owned by the Doyle Collection, which is known for its warm sense of Irish hospitality, the hotel’s staff is attentive and will make you feel welcome upon arrival. The entrance leads to a central staircase that opens to an elegant gallery showcasing a captivating art collection, where the hotel’s legendary afternoon tea is served daily. The Westbury is also home to The Sidecar, a stylish cocktail lounge, and WILDE, a beloved Irish restaurant located in a chic space overlooking Grafton Street and Harry Street in the heart of Dublin.


Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Antibes +33 4 93 61 39 01 • oetkercollection.com Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc was built as a grand hotel in 1870 by Le Figaro’s founder, Auguste De CO U RTE S Y O F H Ô T E L D U C A P - E D E N - RO C

Villemessant, to attract those looking for a romantic escape on the French Riviera. For the past 150 years, the hotel—now part of Oetker Collection—has maintained its popularity as an elegant summer destination for couples and families to soak up the sun and fragrant Mediterranean air in the South of France. The hotel features 118 stately guestrooms and spacious suites equipped with terraces that overlook the gardens. Guests can enjoy the property’s country club facilities and amenities, including the beautifully maintained clay tennis courts, spa treatments by La Prairie, and the world-famous saltwater infinity pool. Dining options include Eden-Roc Grill for lunch and dinner, Eden-Roc Restaurant for lunch, and Louroc Restaurant for dinner. u

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ON MAY 19TH, Downton Abbey and The Gilded Age creator, Julian Fellowes, was awarded the Saint Nicholas Society’s prestigious Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence at a private club in Manhattan. The Saint Nicholas Society is one of New York’s more rarified and august organizations. It was founded in 1835 by a prominent group of New York gentlemen “to preserve knowledge of the history and customs of New York City’s 114 QUEST

Dutch forebears.” Membership is limited to those men who can claim descent from a resident of New York State before 1785. Many members are descended from the city’s first settlers, who included several nationalities and faiths as well as Dutch people and Native Americans. The Society awards a Medal of Merit to those who have made New York a better place. Past winners include Fiorello La Guardia, Thomas J. Watson, Norman Vincent

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Counterclockwise from above: Saint Nicholas Society President Charles MacKenzie presenting Julian Fellowes with the Society’s Washington Irving Medal; Highclere Castle in England, the setting for Downton Abbey; Harry Hadden-Paton as Bertie Pelham, Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith, Tuppence Middleton as Lucy Smith, and Allen Leech as Tom Branson in Downton Abbey: A New Era; Hugh Bonneville as Robert Grantham and Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary in Downton Abbey: A New Era. Opposite page: Jamie MacGuire, Monica Gerard-Sharp, and Julian Fellowes.

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Peale, John V. Lindsay, Philippe de Montebello, and Governor Thomas H. Kean. The Society’s Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence was first awarded in 1985 and has gone to such eminent authors as Louis Auchincloss, David McCullough, Russell Shorto, Ron Chernow and Christopher Buckley. I attended the last-named awardees dinner with Sam and Susan Williams, Treddy Ketcham, Schuyler and Catia Chapin, and the senior Buckleys. Christo had the crowd roaring with laughter when he renamed himself “Christopher Van Buckley” for the occasion and hilariously recounted his ancestor’s (entirely fanciful and somewhat dubious) contributions to New York history. Lord Fellowes is formally known as Julian Alexander Kitchener-Fellowes, Baron Fellowes of West Stafford. A

Conservative peer of the House of Lords, he was ennobled in 2011. A graduate of Ampleforth and Magdalene College, Cambridge, Fellowes has had a busy acting career in Hollywood and London but is best known for his writing. In addition to Downton Abbey and The Gilded Age, he also wrote the screenplays for Gosford Park, and Young Victoria. He has also written several fine novels, including Snobs, Past Imperfect, and Belgravia. For all his comic and dramatic brilliance, Julian Fellowes in person is self-deprecating, sincere and as humane as the characters he so lovingly creates. The Gilded Age has just been renewed for another season on HBO, and the latest Downton movie was released in the U.S. last month, so the Saint Nicholas Society’s honor to Lord Fellowes is as timely as it is well earned. He is, indeed, a transatlantic treasure for us all. u JUNE 2022 117


TOP SHOPS IN DOWNTOWN GREENWICH Our guide to the best boutiques on and around Greenwich Avenue.


J.MCLAUGHLIN 55 East Putnam Avenue 203.862.9777 / jmclaughlin.com The first J.McLaughlin, located in an Ivy League enclave on the Upper East Side, was a homey, wellbred shopping destination with a welcoming feel. People instantly fell in love, and it quickly acquired a cult following. The retailer has expanded its presence tremendously since then, and now has more than 140 stores throughout the country— from metropolises like Dallas to suburban outposts like Palm Beach and Greenwich—and a thriving e-commerce presence. The clothes, as they have since 1977, are preppy and traditional and, in J.McLaughlin’s own words, innovatively nostalgic.

VILEBREQUIN 200 Greenwich Avenue 203.869.6989 / vilebrequin.com Stepping into Vilebrequin will brighten anyone’s day. You will immediately find yourself surrounded by cheerful colors and patterns that reflect the sunny days of a summer in St. Tropez. The store has been buzzing since 1971 when Fred Prysquel created the brand. The themes of the initial 1970s designs have been reimagined year after year to maintain their youthful energy. Inside the store, you are bound to come across the Moorea cut—Vilebrequin’s legendary men’s swim style. You will also find a large selection of polos perfect for sporting during a weekend getaway in Nantucket, Newport, or the Hamptons.

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371 Greenwich Avenue 203.930.2408 / stubbsandwootton.com Here’s a fact: Influential people in the fashion world will credit Percy Steinhart, the man behind the hand-made slipper and accessory brand Stubbs & Wootton, for bringing the slipper back in style. But it’s his designs— immensely likeable for their eye-catching embroideries and elegant simplicity—that keep Stubbs & Wootton shining. Most recently, Stubbs & Wootton teamed up with Wizarding World to deliver an enchanting spin on the timeless slippers. Unbashedly preppy, the new Harry Potter collection will have fans of all four Hogwarts houses wearing their colors with pride. Be sure to stop by the Greenwich Avenue boutique this summer to see what’s in store.


BETTERIDGE 239 Greenwich Avenue 203.869.0124 / betteridge.com Betteridge prides itself on being America’s most trusted jeweler since 1897. The retailer carries the most coveted pieces from Rolex, Cartier, Chanel, Patek Philippe, Vhernier, Verdura, David Webb, and more. The jeweler also has a “By Betteridge” collection with classic, clean, and elegant pieces that are guaranteed to withstand the test of time. The pieces are created by Betteridge’s own highly skilled craftsmen—right here in Greenwich. Visit if you’re searching for an extra-special gift for a loved one, be it a watch for a graduation, a ring for an engagement, or a diamond necklace for a big birthday or anniversary celebration.

HOPSCOTCH SALON 1800 E Putnam Avenue 203.661.0107 / hopscotchsalon.com Helping you look good, feel good, and do good. That’s Hopscotch Salon’s mission. Located in the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, Hopscotch Salon’s pursuit goes well beyond grooming and appearances—the salon truly has a passion to nurture a sense of well-being and quiet confidence for its clients, one that supports and strengthens the community. In fact, it’s a commitment the salon has pursued for more than 26 years. Because, as they say, “giving back never goes out of style.” Be sure to stop by the salon to get ready for all those weddings and parties we missed the last couple of years. In addition to special events, services include hair color, cuts, treatments, and styling, and a range of skin care offerings.

RESTORATION HARDWARE 310 Greenwich Avenue 203.552.1040 / rh.com The warm weather tends to rustle up a craving for change. Located at the Historic Post Office, Restoration Hardware is here to offer both modern and timelessly classic pieces to update your summer home. The store also functions so that you can actually see your future décor instead of trying to imagine it—the multi-level space features showrooms and a rooftop park and conservatory. At this location, Restoration Hardware offers indoor and outdoor furniture, lighting, textiles, and bathware. Regardless of the extent of your home makeover, Restoration Hardware can provide high-quality personal advice.


ALICE + OLIVIA 335 Greenwich Avenue 203.826.8540 / aliceandolivia.com Creative Director and New York native Stacey Bendet founded Alice + Olivia in 2002 with the quest to create the perfect pair of pants. The brand was an immediate success, and shortly after its launch, Theory founder Andrew Rosen joined as a partner. Since then, the company has grown into a full contemporary lifestyle brand, including ready-to-wear, gowns, shoes, handbags, accessories, and eyewear, all while empowering women with the company run by women, for women. Bendet pulls inspiration from her love of vintage and all things feminine to design clothing that juxtaposes the whimsical and flirty with the sexy and sophisticated. Stop by the Greenwich Avenue shop to find the brand’s iconic ornamented fabrics, colorful prints and ultra-flattering fits.

HERMÈS 289 Greenwich Avenue 203.622.3007 / hermes.com Since 1837, Hermès has remained faithful to its artisanal model and its humanist values. The freedom to create, the constant quest for beautiful materials, and the transmission of exceptional know-how—which enable the creation of useful, and elegant objects that stand the test of time—forge the uniqueness of Hermès. Inspired by a new theme each year, the sixteen métiers of the house create collections that combine freedom with inventiveness and know-how. The objects are designed to be durable and to adapt to changing lifestyles. Hermès currently offers a leather goods and equestrian line, women’s and men’s silk, ready-to-wear, accessories, jewelry and watches, beauty, tableware, furniture, art, and more.

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113 Greenwich Avenue 203.629.7915 / loveshackfancy.com Embracing unabashed femininity, LoveShackFancy was founded by Creative Director Rebecca Hessel Cohen. After designing the ideal bridesmaids’ dresses for her fairy-tale wedding, LoveShackFancy quickly evolved into a collection of fanciful silk dresses. The LoveShackFancy look is now defined by flattering silhouettes, soft hues, and intricate lace, with an emphasis on whimsical hand-dyed fabrics and enchanting vintage-inspired romantic floral prints. Earlier this year, the brand opened the doors of its new Greenwich Avenue location with a launch event held in collaboration with local restaurant Méli-Mélo. “I’ve always loved Greenwich and am elated to have our very own boutique on Greenwich Avenue! I am so excited to see the girls strutting around town in their minis and maxis,” said Rebecca Hessel Cohen. JUNE 2019 00


RICHARDS 359 Greenwich Avenue 203.622.0551 / richards.mitchellstores.com Richards of Greenwich is a men’s and women’s specialty store, famed for exceptional customer service as well as world-class designer clothing, accessories, and jewelry. In 1995, Mitchell Stores acquired Richards from beloved founder Eddie Schachter and his visionary daughter, Susan Schachter. Upon acquiring Richards, the Mitchell family moved the store across the street into a 27,000 square foot space, which they transformed into the Greenwich Avenue landmark it is today. The elegant two-story store now also offers a large coffee bar downstairs, which has become a stylish place to meet in town, and is considered the “heart” of the community.

VERONICA BEARD 252 Greenwich Avenue 203.745.2881 / veronicabeard.com Veronica Beard was founded by sistersin-law Veronica Miele Beard and Veronica Swanson Beard in 2010. What began as a rack of dickey jackets has expanded into a full lifestyle collection intuitively built for real life, one that is inclusive of women everywhere and makes them feel confident every single day. The brand opened its boutique on Greenwich Avenue in 2020, with stylish decor by interior designer Carolina de Neufville. Most recently, Veronica Beard launched a limited-edition capsule collection of versatile and elevated tennis wear with L’Etoile Sport, with a portion of all L’Etoile Sport x Veronica Beard instore event sales going to the USTA Foundation.

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE 205 Greenwich Avenue 203.862.5300 / saksfifthavenue.com Saks Fifth Avenue was the brainchild of Horace Saks and Bernard Gimbel, who operated independent retail stores on New York’s 34th Street at Herald Square in the early 1900s. Their dream was to construct a unique specialty store that would become synonymous with fashionable, gracious living. The combined financial input of these great merchant families led to the purchase of a site between 49th and 50th Streets. Now with 41 locations across North America and a thriving e-commerce business, Saks is the premier destination for luxury fashion, driven by a mission to help customers express themselves through relevant and inspiring style.


INTERMIX 325 Greenwich Avenue 203.302.3200 / intermixonline.com Founded in 1993, Intermix is a curated women’s fashion retailer. Each season, Intermix’s buyers visit hundreds of brands spanning the globe, selecting their favorite pieces, designers, and trends, resulting in a selection of the best styles across a mix of established and emerging designers. They do the work f o r you, and you’ll never have to sift through floors or pages of clothes and accessories to find the perfect one. To create a truly personalized shopping experience, Intermix also offers complimentary styling services in boutiques and online, so you’ll always leave feeling like your most confident self. Stop by the Greenwich shop for some of their current roster of designers, including Zimmermann, Ulla Johnson, PatBo, and more.

RAG & BONE 244 Greenwich Avenue 203.622.6222 / rag-bone.com From its origins in New York in 2002, rag & bone instantaneously distinguished itself by combining British heritage with directional, modern design. Today, the brand has become synonymous with innately wearable clothing that innovatively melds classic tailoring with an edgy yet understated New York aesthetic. Inspired by a desire to create beautifully constructed clothes, rag & bone prides itself in the time-honored techniques of supremely skilled, local manufacturers at some of the oldest factories in the country. With a downtown sensibility, signature clean silhouettes and an inherent integrity, rag & bone continuously redefines urban style.

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255 Greenwich Avenue 203.622.5023 / toryburch.com Founded in New York City in 2004, Tory Burch has redefined American luxury with a global point of view. The company’s purpose is to empower women and women entrepreneurs. Giving back and supporting other women was part of the plan when Tory started the company. In 2009, she established the Tory Burch Foundation to advance women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship by providing access to capital, education and digital resources, and tackling stereotypes that hold women back. Presented every season during New York Fashion Week, the collection reflects Tory’s love of color, travel and unique details. Timeless and versatile clothing and accessories that epitomize classic American style. ◆ JUNE 2019 00


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Blake Lively in Versace with her husband, Ryan Reynolds.


Clockwise from top left: Gwen Stefani in Vera Wang; Emily Ratajkowski in Versace at The Mark Hotel on the evening of the Met Gala; Anok Yai in Michael Kors; Pete Davidson with Kim Kardashian in a vintage dress by Jean Louis; Gigi Hadid in Versace.

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SALVATORE FERRAGAMO’S SOIRÉE AT THE COLONY IN PALM BEACH TO CELEBRATE the reopening of its location on Worth Avenue and an impressive redesign, Salvatore Ferragamo hosted an end-of-season soirée in a private villa at the Colony Hotel for more than 80 guests. The evening included aperitivo and cocktails on the terrace, with music by Angel + Dren.

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CINEMA SOCIETY’S SCREENING OF THE PHANTOM OF THE OPEN IN NEW YORK LAST MONTH, the Cinema Society hosted a screening of Sony Pictures Classics’ The Phantom of the Open at Tribeca Screening Room. The film tells the heartwarming true story of Maurice Flitcroft, a humble crane operator who managed to gain entry to The British Open Golf Championship qualifying in 1976, despite never playing a round of golf before. Guests that evening included the film’s writer and co-star Simon Farnaby and director Craig Roberts, as well as Olivia Palermo and Johannes Huebl, Asher Grodman, and Davi Santos, among others. u

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With summer officially here, so is the summer commute—that longed-for yet utterly dreaded window of time between the sweltering city pavement and the open air of a Greenwich green or the salted tinge of a Southampton breeze. On the very best of days, maybe with a mere crawl at the Midtown Tunnel, a car can have you from the office to dinner at Pierre’s in Bridgehampton in about two and a half hours. Still, the “bullet” train to East Hampton is the only surefire bet to make it out east in that time. For those making the closer trip to a Greenwich abode, Google Maps can lead a car to the country club in an hour and 20 (the train from Grand Central is just 50 minutes). In his day, J.P. “Jack” Morgan, Jr., son of the financier J. Pierpont Morgan, used his yacht Mermaid (both pictured here, circa 1914) on a daily basis to carry him to and from the office from his summer home in Greenwich. Today, commuters with the means of a Morgan (or something relatively akin) are known to charter a helicopter to glide over traffic, at about $4,000 a pop to the East End or Connecticut. Somehow, cocktail hour on the Mermaid still sounds like more fun. —Daniel Cappello 128 QUEST

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