We love the glamorous new renovation of Wilkes Bashford’s San Francisco store (375 Sutter St.), which was recently unveiled with a festive grand opening celebration that showcased all seven floors of the new townhouse-inspired design.
During the festive grand fete, fall and resort clothing from Italy’s top designers were revealed with the finest Italian wines and gourmet bites, while SF Jazz will provided a different style of music on every floor.
“Our design team has paid meticulous attention to every detail on every floor, turning our flagship San Francisco store into a metaphorical ‘townhouse,’” said Jack Mitchell, CEO of The Mitchell Family of Stores, which acquired Wilkes Bashford in 2009.
Gensler, the architecture, design, planning and consulting firm, created the new store design. Jack Mitchell described the new interior as “an exciting new environment not only for perusing our fashionable selection of women’s and men’s clothing, but also for trying on garments in our new, expansive fitting rooms, socializing with shopping companions on our penthouse level, or consulting with our trusted sales associates.”
Jack Mitchell and Bill Mitchell
“I’ve worked with the Mitchells for over a decade and their integrity and passion towards their clients sets an example for our entire industry,” said internationally-acclaimed designer Brunello Cucinelli “Their commitment to restore the historic Wilkes Bashford townhouse is a testament to their vision for the future of the company. It is sure to become an instant San Francisco landmark.”
Matthew Goldman, Willie Brown, Jason Goldman
Wilkes Bashford with Tatiana Sorokko and Charlotte Shultz
Mayor Ed Lee, Wilkes Bashford – Tyler Mitchell, Commissioner Karl Hasz, Seth Richart
Kevin Chessen, Brian Wilsey, Jeff Oster
Ann Moller Caen, Charlotte Schultz – Bill Down, Lisa Goldman, Zach Blumenfeld
Alan Malouf, Beth Townsend – Joel Goodrich
Charlene Court, Maya Alex, Jordan Deschamp-Braly, Alex Skillman, Ashley Giesler
Will Harbin, Stephanie Southerland – Stephanie Mitchell, Tyler Mitchell
Claudia Ross, Laura Summers – Mina Yazdi, Olya Dzilikhova
Jenny Georges, Deb Alvord – Lisa Alexander, Sara Deseran
Maya Alex, Jordan Deschamp-Braly – Sonya Molodetskaya, Jessica Hon
Stephanie Mitchell, Alyson Harrington – Jane Mudge, Shannon Cronan
Kimberly Miller, Lisa Oberwager, Claudia Ross – Liza Cannata, Ali Turner, Stephanie Mitchell
Isabella Brown, Michael Brown – Dennis Phelps, Cara Cutter
Nina Kirilova, Wilkes Bashford, AnnaLia Biagi
Shortly after the opening party, Wilkes Bashford hosted another festive event for longtime friends and customers such as Kamala Harris, Paul Pelosi, Joy Bianchi and OJ Shansby, to celebrate their newly expanded jewelry collection.
Designers Adam Heyman from Oscar Heyman and Paul Morelli made a rare public appearance for the special occasion, with a portion of the evening’s sales benefiting PAW (Pets Are Wonderful).
Kamala Harris, Paul Pelosi – Jack Mitchell, Joy Bianchi
Joe Pacetti, Joy Bianchi, Mark Calvano – Tanya Powell, Minal Jethmal, Jorge Maumer
Farah Makras, Victor Makras – Judy Guggenhime, O.J. Shansby
Cristina Tugino, Heidi Pettit – Brent Johnson, Mary Johnson
Christine Robbins, Sandy Ross – Nina Kirilova, AnnaLia Biagi
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With Sloan and Roger Barnett, Sabrina Buell and Yves Behar, Jean-Pierre Conte, and Alison and Mark Pincus, Gucci recently hosted a private cocktail party at the San Francisco store to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the loafer, and the new 1953 collection for men and women.
Catherine Kwong’s living room, inspired by Mick Jagger and Bianca Jagger, is one of the highlights of the 2013 San Francisco Decorator Showcase, taking place at 2800 Pacific Avenue.
Michael S. Smith was recently honored at Hedge Gallery in San Francisco at a party hosted by Alison Pincus, Vanessa Getty and Allison Speer. His design work for a Palladian Villa in Malibu is being put up for auction at Christie’s in New York. Nicolas Berggruen, Princess Tatiana Galitzine, Dede Wilsey, and Sabrina Buell were among the guests.
Deepa Pakianathan and Phil Pemberton recently hosted a reception for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in anticipation of its upcoming Gala on April 20, 2013, which pays tribute to legendary opera baritone and Conservatory Advisory Board member Thomas Hampson.
Conservatory mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook directs and stars in a program featuring special performances by Hampson with Conservatory students, faculty and guest artists. Teresa Medearis and Barbara Walkowski co-chair the event, with catering by McCall’s Catering and Events and decor by Blueprint Studios.
Tickets for this very special occasion can be purchased at www.sfcm.edu
UCSF Partners in Care recently held its 2013 kick-off membership event at Reed & Greenough. Membership co-Chairs Schuyler Hudak and Libby Leffler hosted the launch party and kicked off the well-attended evening with brief remarks, followed by UCSF Partners in Care President Katie Budge, who spoke about the services that the auxiliary organization provides to the hospital.
UCSF Partners in Care works with UCSF hospital staff to fund programs that provide comfort and well-being to patients and their families while visiting the UCSF medical center.
Guests enjoyed spirited greyhounds nicknamed “Doctor’s Orders,” and a “Members Only” wine special while noshing on sweet treats from Kara’s Cupakes, and savory sliders and arancini from Cedar Hill Kitchen and Smokehouse.
Please visit www.ucsfpartnersincare.org for more information about this important organization.
Renowned European designer Ms. Madeline Pauw recently made an appearance at a delightful luncheon at Saks Fifth Avenue in San Francisco, where her Spring 2013 collection was presented.
The Pauw collection is designed by Madeleine Pauw, daughter of the original founders. Pauw is known for its luxurious fabrics and soft touches of femininity while integrating just a splash of masculine undertones, but always keeping the fit and style in mind for the female physique. The company has been in business for over 50 years, and originally was created in the Netherlands where it currently has 29 stores.
You can purchase pieces from Pauw at Saks Fifth Avenue at 384 Post Street, San Francisco, or online at Saks Fifth Avenue
The Mid Winter Gala for 2013 honored the exhibit, “Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis” with a chic winter wonderland that raised over $400k. Marissa Mayer, Jonathan Ive, Alison Pincus, Vanessa Getty, Dick Costolo, Stephan Jenkins, Connie Nielsen, Lori Levine, Evgenia Peretz, Jeremy Stoppelman, Trevor Traina, Allison Speer and Kathryn Lasater were among the 380 who attended.
Stephanie Phair, the managing director of Outnet.com, recently visited from London to host a luncheon previewing Oscar de la Renta’s new limited edition collection designed exclusively for The Outnet.
The Italian artist, Paolo Troilo, recently debuted his first U.S. exhibit at Coup d’Etat, the most exceptional designer space in San Francisco.
Sponsored by Testa Vineyards, the event brought together San Francisco tastemakers such as Jack Calhoun, Stephen Brady, Gary Friedman, Joy Bianchi, Anna Weinberg, Ken Fulk, and Jamie Finegold, among others.
The exhibit will run at Coup d’Etat until May 2013.
Visit Coup d’Etat at 111 Rhode Island, or online at coupdetatsf.com
The International Museum of Women (IMOW) hosted its annual Celebrating Change Benefit on March 6th, 2013, and the associated Vanguard Group hosted its Art Live Lounge benefit.
This year’s benefit featured IMOW’s second annual Innovator Award for Women in Technology, presented to Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer of Cisco Systems.
The International Museum of Women is an innovative online museum that showcases art, stories and ideas to celebrate, inspire and advance the lives of women around the world. With the support of over 500 guests, IMOW raised over $200,000 to benefit its mission and exhibitions. Guests enjoyed a night of art and inspiration from the museum’s virtual collection, music, networking and dancing, while watching notable female artists create original artwork.
Learn more about the International Museum of Women at www.imow.org
Jay Jeffers recently designed three of the 23 penthouses of the Ritz-Carlton Residences, Lake Tahoe. The homes range from $1,250,000 to $4,500,000 in price.