Ok. So Restoration Hardware’s grand opening party last night was a bit controversial. Apparently, the party planners underestimated just how interested Bostonians would be in seeing what happened to the former Louis space, because everyone who was invited to the shindig (and their plus-ones, and their plus-ones’ plus-ones) showed up. In fact, we heard the RSVP list topped 6,000.
Yes, guests may have had less personal space than they would have liked, but whatever–it’s a party, and if being a little claustrophobic while sipping on complimentary Bellinis that were brought in all the way from Cipriani in New York isn’t a white people problem, then I don’t know what is. Restoration Hardware sent out iPods in the invitation, so even if you didn’t get into the actual party, you still got an iPod.
But I digress. We spent about an hour at the party, and in that time managed to spot Erin Gates of Elements of Style; Ryan and Christina Pierce; the team from Boston Common magazine; Ted Landsmark, president of the Boston Architectural College; and Janet Wu from Channel 7 news. The party hosts included Cam Neely, Alan Bilzerian, Bunny Williams, Celerie Kembel and Mayor Tom Menino himself, and while we didn’t see them with our own eyes, we saw enough flashbulbs going off to know that at least some of them were in attendance.
All of that said, it was a smidge too crowded to take a ton of good photos last night, but we did what we could! Without further ado, the hottest party in Boston in recent memory (because when has there ever been a party here–at a furniture store, no less–that six thousand people wanted to go to on a Wednesday night?)….
The calm before the storm.
Janet Wu of Channel 7 and Debra Rosenbloom, managing director of Hancock Leadership
The event was catered by the fabulous, James Beard award-winning chef, Ken Oringer.
Photos above by Andrew Wang for L+C.
The masses. (The following photos are from my iPhone, so forgive the poor quality!).
At the end of the day (or party), this store is still one of the best-merchandised and most beautiful we’ve seen. What do you think their rent is for this place, anyway?