Women in Business Networking Cocktail at Gerard Darel SoHo

The FACC Women in Business (WIB) Committee was delighted to host 55 guests at the beautiful Gerard Darel SoHo boutique for a social networking event. 

Committee Co-Chair Adriana Agbo, Partner at Constantin, gave opening remarks and shared the mission of the committee: to provide networking opportunities, knowledge and further the advancement of women in roles of leadership. Also in atendance was Committee Co-Chair Audrey Fauraux, SVP Finance U.S. at Brunswick Group, and committee members Karin Lestelle, Partner at Fragomen, and Deborah Van der Heyden, Managing Director at JLL.

After a brief welcome, FACC members and guests browsed the spring/summer '19 collection and tried on separates with botanical prints and bold pops of color. In addition to sales on select products, guests enjoyed an additional exclusive reduction offered by Gerard Darel and gifts with purchase. Gerard Darel has only been at their SoHo location for around a year and a half and this event was the perfect opportunity to open their doors to existing fans of the brand and present their Maison to a new, American audience. Gerard Darel represents an unmistakeable French allure and understated elegance. The brand is known for their high-end handbags, ready to wear collection, footwear and accessories. 

French fragrance company Bastide was also present during the soirée and offered an orginal activity of fragrance and wine pairing.  Bastide is Frederic Fekkai's clean and natural beauty collection, made in his hometown of Aix-en-Provence. The non-toxic beauty products are artisanally made, without animal testing. Featured fragrences of the evening were the Verveine du Sud, with sparkling and invigorating bursts of Italian lemon, fresh verbena leaves and crisp amber. The Neroli Lumiere scent featured blooming burst of delicate white petals, lemon and neroli. Finally, the Figue Amour fragrance blended an earthy balance of zesty Provence figs and creamy sandalwood.

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In addition to a crisp rosé wine, guests enjoyed macarons, a beautiful presentation of fruit, cheese, charcuterie and cookies during their networking. Attendees were entered for a raffle, with one lucky winner drawn to receive a fragrance set from Bastide and another winner going home with a leather Gerard Darel bag from the spring/summer collection.