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October 25, 2012

The past few months have been really busy with so many different projects(which has kept me from posting regularly, sorry!) and last week’s event at Cavalier by Jay Jeffers for my client, Alex & Lee, was one that has been in the works for awhile now.  I first introduced the line to my friend Michael Purdy last year when he told me about the amazing vision he and his partner and husband, Jay Jeffers had for their luxury lifestyle store, Cavalier.  He fell in love just as I did with Alex & Lee and we immediately  started to plan how we were going to introduce the brand to his clientele.  For months we’ve been collaborating on and curating a retrospective of their past 42 years of work and last Thursday,a big event was held at the store to launch this amazing presentation of their creations.

The creative duo behind Cavalier, Michael Purdy and Jay Jeffers

The entrance to the retrospective

We created five different visual stories to show all of their work which covered:  Early Work, Fashion Collaborations, Art Collaborations, San Francisco in the 1970’s and Modern work.  All of the stories were displayed throughout the space including pieces, photography and narrative.

Early Work

The Cavalier crew all wearing Alex & Lee

Fashion collaborations

Alex & Lee collaborated with many designers over the years including Giorgio Sant Angelo, Geoffrey Beene, Oscar de la Renta, Alexis Bittar, Proenza Schouler, Dannijo and Emily Factor.  We put a sampling of each of those collections on display from their archives that many people haven’t seen in 30+ years.  So amazing!

A Giorgio Sant Angelo piece from his 1970 Jane and Cindarella collection

Pieces on display from de la Renta, Proenza Schouler and Emily Factor

Myself with Greg and Lee from Alex & Lee- family 🙂

The Art collaboration display included pieces that were on display at the opening of Salvador Dali’s museum in Spain, SF Moma, Palace of the Legion of Honor and many others.  Free floating collages and stacking collages were also on display to showcase their many mediums of object trouve’.

The amazingness that is Cavalier by Jay Jeffers

Art collaborations include “Tin Can Marilyn”

Salvador Dali wearing his signature Alex & Lee piece

A chrysalis collar made for artist Ernst Fuch’s show in Paris in the early 1970’s

Stacking sculptures, necklaces and collages on display

A display of Chrysalis collars from the 1970’s to early 1980’s

The opening event also featured amazing colored resin accessories by designer Alexandra Von Furstenberg. Her clean modern designs were a perfect pairing to Alex & Lee’s multi-layered collage work.

So in love with all of the color in her designs

Jay Jeffers and Michael Purdy with hosts of the evening Alexandra Von Furstenburg and Vanessa Getty

The legendary San Francisco retailer Wilkes Bashford greeting Joy Bianchi

The event proved to be one of the best gatherings of the year with the an eclectic mix of SF legends, socialites, designers, artists, editors and fortune 500 CEO’s.

7×7 Executive Editor Chloe Harris Frankeney and Jodi Nakatsuka admire picture’s of Alex & Lee in the 1970’s

Dr. Carolyn Chang and Jenna Hunt 

Cavalier by Jay Jeffers is located within Jay’s interior design office.  We utilized the entire space for the event allowing all of the visuals and displays to flow throughout.  The picture of Lee below is one of my all-time favorite pictures of him and the first time I saw it I envisioned it blown up huge on a wall. I can’t tell you how amazing it was to see this vision come true! Now if I could just get my hands on it….

A vision of Lee in the early 1970’s

Then and now…still magical and beautiful

Towards the middle of the space we re-created a vision of the Alex & Lee retail store, Phenomena, that opened on Sutter street in San Francisco in the late 1970’s. It was during this time that the boys became friends with the art to wear visionary, Sandra Sakata and her legendary store Obiko.  It was also at this time that Alex & Lee were featured in Native Funk and Flash, a book featuring Bay Area art to wear designers in the 1970’s that has become a major culture reference book for this time period.

The San Francisco in the 1970’s story

Visual imagery from the 1970’s

Pieces on display from that time period

Oh how I wish they could make some more of these woven belts!

The piece Lee wore in Native Funk and Flash

The host’s of the elegant party including Alexandra Von Furstenburg, J P Conte, Paul Weaver and Vanessa Getty

Michael, Jay and Alexandra with Allison Pincus from One Kings Lane wearing a vintage Alex & Lee piece (one of my favorites!)

Myself and host Paul Weaver

All of the modern collection of Alex & Lee I merchandised together in a very impactful table display. These are the pieces in their current collection that are for sale in their store for the next week.  Wow, what a presentation this was! It only took me an entire day to create all these different stories…but it sure was fun!

Alex & Lee & Greg

Pieces on display from their new collection

More amazing pieces from the collection

Crescent necklaces

One of my favorites, a shark tooth crescent combo with gold cording and pyrite crystals

Their new men’s accessories collection

I really loved seeing all of SF’s fashion flock out for the party.

Jenna Hunt, Sobia Shaikh and Ilysa Goldblatt

All the fashionable ladies from Curve boutique

Loved Coco’s hawaiian print maxi and beaded clutch. How many people can rock brown? She did very well!

Lee in a classic moment telling one of his many fascinating stories. I can’t tell you how much this picture represents this man’s spirit.

More modern pieces for sale in their collection at Cavalier

A presentation of scarves made from Lee’s amazing collages

An overlook of the partygoers

The event was absolutely amazing and was a total dream come true for me.  I can’t tell you how moved I was to be able to be responsible for showcasing these artists 42 year span of work in such an amazing setting.  Michael and Jay are visionaries much like Alex & Lee and I feel so completely inspired to be involved in both of their brands.

Jay and my dear friend, Shawn Forbes

Such an inspired event, with people that mean so much to me that are doing things that I am so passionate about.  This is the stuff dreams are made of.  My dreams 🙂

All photos by Drew Altizer

4 Comments leave one →
  1. keepfeelingjoanna permalink
    October 25, 2012 1:36 pm

    So, so beautiful Margaret! Looks like quite a night, and I can tell you put so much love into it! Very inspiring! xoxo

  2. October 25, 2012 4:46 pm

    What a lovely event! Great job!

  3. November 18, 2012 1:51 am

    MAGIC made visible . . .

  4. Alexandra Hart permalink
    January 9, 2013 3:21 pm

    Wish I’d been there! Just learned about it. My contribution to it all was “Native Funk & Flash” — big surprise to see my ass among the photos! Beautiful, beautiful stuff. So glad they’re carrying on.

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