The Sartorialist Book Signing in Philadelphia: We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, Philadelphia is becoming another home away from home for the BKc and with the warm reception and hospitality we always receive when in town, we wouldn’t have it any other way. After boarding an early morning Amtrak from New York, we arrived at the 30th Street Station in Pennsylvania along with the man of the evening Scott Schuman and the lovely and talented Garance Doré.
We were picked up by one of Uber car’s private drivers and taken to the beautifully decorated Hotel Monaco. The Monaco felt like you stepped into a brunch hosted by Alice in Wonderland and Queen Victoria, it was the perfect marriage of modern décor, bold prints and asymmetrical details, all tucked away in a historic district, wonderful details from the beautiful wallpaper to the fresh fruit plate and bottle of wine waiting for you in your room. It’s definitely the details that make us feel right at home, so The Hotel Monaco got the BKc stamp of approval for creativity and flare.
For admirers of Scott it was a treat to take part in this event and gain insight into his world and hear what his evolutionary hopes are. The floor was then open for questions, local press as well as admirers all wanted to know more about Closer, the Sartorialist and about the man behind the lens; what makes him tick, where he draws inspiration from and what his life was like before the Sartorialist, and we can say wholeheartedly that Scott thoughtfully and meticulously answered every question.
After settling in for a bit at the hotel we went to COOK for the Q&A moderated by The Bearded Man himself. Before the Q&A we ate tasty food prepared by the wonderful and extremely accommodating staff (we could eat those brussel sprouts every night for the rest of our lives, seriously, can we have some more?) and chatted with followers of both the BKc and Scott and Garance. Michelle Flisek was a gem and took great pride and care in making sure everyone was comfortable and happy. The location was perfect, intimate and bright, the Q&A felt more like a conversation between friends, both Scott and Ouigi were comfortable, humorous and open, there was even a moment when Scott flipped through his book and showed The Bearded Man’s picture to the audience, everyone got a good laugh when Scott spoke about the evolution of the famous beard.
After meeting some of Philly’s most fashionable, Scott, Garance and the BKc gang were then taken to the Barnes foundation for the book signing. We arrived at the beautiful Barnes a little after 4pm and the line was already formed and did not stop forming until after 7pm. The most diverse group of people from all backgrounds, age groups and walks of life showed up with Closer in hand or ready to purchase their own copy, (there was also a sense that many were praying to the fashion gods that morning for it to be their turn to be immortalized by Mr. Schuman’s camera, but sorry folks, he wasn’t doing any shooting on this particular day.
Garance deciding to sit with Scott and sign her pages in the book was the icing on the cake for so many who showed up only expecting Scott. For almost 4 hours both Scott and Garance graciously signed books, took pictures with and spoke to every single person who came out to see them, it was the kind of thing you witness that makes you truly admire someone and feel genuinely proud of their gain, because you see the passion and generosity they possess for their followers.
Special thanks To:
Philadelphia Magazine for sponsoring the luncheon at Cook, the food was amazing and the environment so fitting. To our lovely host & Lifestyle Editor Emily Goulet
for welcoming us and making us feel at home. A big thank you to The Barnes Foundation for the beautiful museum space, Philadelphia Marketing and Retail Alliance. The Greater Philadelphia Tourism and Marketing Corporation for getting us there safely and comfortably. We feel like “Royal visitors” when we are in Philadelphia. And of course our PR partners and now family, Skai Blue Media. Miss Skai Blue herself, Rakia Reynolds, for juggling everything and making it look easy. Alyssa Shapiro for working out all the details and at connecting the dots. Michelle Conron and the lovely Jade Barnes for always working her “Jade magic”. Oh, almost forgot our tour guide and photographer Meredith Edlow for being so polite with how she pointed her camera and captured the moment.