The art of parties and beyond


MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2007
Thanks to rain, birds of a feather huddled together at Preen's 10-year anniversary party in the covered courtyard of the Soho Grand. But like water off a duck's back, nothing could dampen the spirits at the cozy soiree organized by Seven New York. Ruling the roost (last one, promise) were Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi, the duo—professional and romantic—behind the London label (who, by our estimate, have used at least four materials associated with anniversaries in their collections so far: paper, cotton, leather and linen—antlers, apparently, don't count). Other Sevenites included artist Kenzo Minami, MisShape Geordon Nicol, stylist Haidee Findlay-Levin, Fiasco keyboardist Amanda Berkowitz and the shop's own Joseph Quartana. "Time flies" was the utterance of the night, but perhaps no one felt it more than the guests of honor. "I can't believe it's been ten years since Thea and I met at art school in the middle of nowhere," Thornton told us [the Isle of Man, to be exact, in the middle of the Irish Sea]. "But then, everything about us has a slight offness to it. Nothing in our lives or our line is 100% symmetrical. We do things differently."
Credit where credit is due: "Buyers can be conservative, but Joe buys the most experimental stuff and manages to sell it. That alone is enough to love New York."
Edit where edit is due: Guests were treated to a copy of Preen's self-published book, a slick monograph called—what else?—Decade.

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