What a difference a few weeks makes!
You may remember the then-under-construction Bene Rialto (see my earlier post here). The hybrid marketplace/retailer/wholesaler/party space/art gallery and whatever else it may end up being over time was in the throes of building out its interiors, as well as building up its list of designers to showcase within its exposed-brick walls offset by huge picture windows looking out toward the Empire State Building.
Last night, Bene Rialto founder and former Saks Fifth Avenue V.P. Caryn Neary fêted her new midtown marketplace concept shop with an exuberant launch party — and the festivities were bene, molt bene. Party-goers were treated to about 40 emerging brands, mostly accessories, displayed like tasty fashion treats tucked throughout the three floors of the narrow jewel box former button and trim building around the corner from Lord & Taylor. The top two floors of the entire five stories are reserved for showroom appointments, special events and other activities.
Guests included fashion designers Malan Breton, Dana Glaeser (Slightly Alabama) and home interior designer Michael Arguello, as well as many of Ms. Neary’s former Saks colleagues, like Michael Macko, spotted on the third floor.
Bene Rialto, 13 West 38th Street, in the middle of Manhattan.