Gypset Style at the New Jane Hotel
One of the best things about living in NYC is that there are new restaurants, lounges and hotels opening every week as well as a plethora of launch parties celebrating everything from new shows, to new brands, to new products and new books. I love art and design and great food so I always make it a point to leave my desk and the world of “pingg events” and actually head out to real live events that I can enjoy with friends.
Last night combined the launch of a new book with a brand new hotel. The second stop on our agenda last night was the Assouline book party for the launch of Gypset (gypsy + jet set) at the brand new, yet to be opened, Jane Hotel on the far west side of the city. Walking into the ballroom was like stepping back in time. It was so cozy with huge oriental rugs, overstuffed couches, a fireplace, beautifully tiled walls, 40 ft ceilings, a huge wooden staircase in the center and the piece de resistance and very old, battered 5ft disco ball suspended from the center of the room. It felt like a cross between a sitting room in an old castle, Grey Gardens and what Miss Havisham’s manor would have looked like in Great Expectations.
We sipped cocktails all night – - my favorite was the Gypsetter (w/ Stoli Citron, fresh lime juice and ginger beer), but others enjoyed The Montauk, Sunshine, Endless Summer Mojito (w/ Hendricks gin) and the Miracle Margarita (Milagro Tequila). While at the bar it was hard not to notice the 2 stuffed monkeys on either side in glass cases. It felt very Natural History Museum meets Darwin. A bit random but fun none-the-less. To top it off a mariachi band played for about an hour which was just enough for me – - I think it was easier to enjoy a mariachi band while not eating. When we left around 1:30, en route to what some would say is some of the best pizza in NYC, Two Boots, the party was going strong. I of course had a long day ahead of me at pingg so I had to return home. We’ve been here all day testing all the fun new features that we’ve added to the site.
About the Book:
Yuppies, Yippies, Jet Setters, Bright Young Things, Generation X, Generation Y . . . and now the Gypset. Fusing the ease and carefree lifestyle of a gypsy with the sophistication of the jet set, the Gypsetters are artists, surfers, designers, and bon vivants who live and work around the globe, from Jose Ignacio, Uruguay and Ibiza, Spain, to Montauk, New York. Gypset Style explores the unconventional, wanderlust lives of these high-low cultural nomads and the bohemian enclaves they inhabit, as well as their counterculture forbears, such as the Victorian explorers, the Lost Generation, the Beatniks, and the hippies. And along the way, author Julia Chaplin looks back at quintessential gypsy boho moments in social history.
About the Author:
Julia Chaplin is a New York based journalist and editor who covers contemporary art, fashion, design, lifestyle, and travel. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, Elle, Vogue, Wallpaper, New York magazine, and Conde Nast Traveler.