The Hermès beach party is a yearly rendezvous, and one that I annually miss since it’s held in January and we’re usually traveling. But this year it was in February – and so, finally, I got to go to the ball. I had very high hopes for a glamorous event, but seriously, I never dreamed it could be this good! A few factors played a part:
The Hermes Factor – the super authentic, highest luxury brand, still family owned and run, unhomogenised, unpasturised, very good for you. There was no expense spared but it was all spent in good ways. The food, the drink, the 'burning man' style DJ podium, the Hermès bangle bars and tons of sand everywhere!
The Karin Upton-Baker Factor – Hermès Australia’s Managing Director is graceful, ever stylish, and ever the wonderfully generous hostess.
The Strickland House Factor – this is still one of Sydney’s grandest old houses, a Victorian mansion in the Italianate manner, it was the home of Sydney’s first mayor and still stands regally in its own private parkland that tumbles down to the harbour foreshore. It is nothing short of iconic, and it’s really like stepping back in time – not least because all those ugly waterfront homes are blocked from view by its hilly, inlet position.
The Crowd Factor – the guest list was superb. I felt like I was amongst so many old friends, and the best of them, but at the same time able to dip and mingle with new acquaintances here and there. It made the event (which must have been 500 guests strong) feel intimate, comfortable, genuine. Seriously, we really didn't want to leave! We didn't for some length of time...
Well done Karin, well done Hermes....until next time! (hopefully in Feb again ;)