Friday, March 27, 2009

Around Town - Social Primer Opening at Lily Lodge

When I saw this invitation on Social Primer, I just had to stop by and congratulate blogger and social etiquettician, K. Cooper Ray on his store opening at the Lily Lodge at 644 N Robertson Boulevard. I was hoping to run into Hautelook hottie, Carlota Espinosa, which I didn't, but the event was crowded with the kind of LA socialites that I rarely see in my westside hood. (Seriously, I never see Alfredo and Lulu at Toscana in Brentwood...they must cook Italian at home)

While I often link to corporate retailers like Neiman Marcus, I strongly believe in supporting small boutiques which bring us charming and often one of kind items that add that old fashioned elegance to our lives. Robertson is a great shopping street, especially now that Chanel and Ralph Lauren have opened stores. But seriously, Karl and Ralph don't need your business while the local merchants do.
So, if you are looking for a special gift for a gentleman...and Father's Day is coming up in a couple of months, do check out the Social Primer shop. You will be certain to find something special.

The very natty bow tied gentleman K. Cooper Ray

Here's the Vanity Fair write up
Social Studies
What: The opening of Cooper Ray’s Social Primer.
Where: Lily Lodge, West Hollywood.
Who: Cooper Ray, Perry Reeves, Crystal Lourd, Jamie Tisch, Lulu de Kwiatkowski, Lucy Liu, Sally Perrin, Cameron Silver, Lady Victoria Hervey, and Magda Berliner.
Why: Because Ray, the editor of, which teaches gentlemen how to “instill civility into an uncivilized world,” took his brand one step further with the pop-up shop that features his favorite picks from the site.
Talking Point: The merits of old-school style, as guests admired the vintage stationery, soaps, and bow ties.

Congratulations Cooper!
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