I attended the LL Bean Signature launch this past week.
Met up with Max, of All Plaidout fame, before hand and hoofed it over to 36th st. Had the great pleasure of seeing some familiar faces as well as meeting a good bunch of people, many of whom, I've been emailing with over the past while, so it felt as if we were all old friends. Lobster rolls and Lager were in abundance. As were plaid and tweed.
You can click over to GQ for a better summation than I can provide here.
Once the crowd thinned and the brooms came out, the party migrated to the Ace Hotel.
At this point, I evidently decided to only occasionally use a flash. Maybe I was thinking about getting very "atmospheric" shots? Someone, at some point, asked me "what are you taking pictures of?" There was more drinking at this point.
Once ready to disembark, somehow we ended up befriending a man at the front desk looking for somewhere to get a burger.
It was suggested he come with us, that we'd take cabs to Corner Bistro, that we'd find what it was he was looking for there.
That man was Trevor Gulliver, co-owner and partner in St. John Restaurant, the epicenter to the nose to tail eating movement, pioneered and continually developed by chef Fergus Henderson.
The two were in town to do some cooking at the Breslin.
We spent a few hours at Corner Bistro, eating, drinking, bullshitting, some of us "napping"(you know who you are.)
Walked/stumbled out at 4:30 or so. A price I paid for the duration of the following day.
Had a blast, met some great people, and when I asked Trevor what the secret is, what words of wisdom he might impart, he answered tersely, "patience".
*bluchers in honor if the event
*Some of the Spring looks presented