What would be of New York if it didn’t have its diverse population? People come from all over the world searching for the American Dream. A particular group that seems to be very prominent is the British. And what would be a better way to highlight the British culture in New York than a book full of photographs of British-born figures living in the city by Jason Bell?
Thomas Pink, the British Shirt Authority, hosted a spectacular event to celebrate the U.S. launch of Jason Bell’s new book, An Englishman in New York, on the night of March 24 at its Madison Avenue flagship store. The book shows many photographs of those who were born in Britain and are now living in the City That Never Sleeps. The Thomas Pink store was converted into a beautiful gallery space with a broad selection of Bell’s portraits from An Englishman in New York on display during the party. An Englishman in New York features taxi drivers, cops, construction workers, divers, helicopter pilots, chefs, burlesque dancers, drug dealers, UN ambassadors and even dog walkers—many of which, among others, attended the party to honour Jason and his book.
The launch party embodied the key elements that represented all things British in the heart of New York, with over 300 guests enjoying U’luvka Vodka specialty cocktails suitably named “The Englishman” and “The New Yorker”. British hors d’oeuvres, such as petite Shepherd’s pies and smoked Scottish salmon on buckwheat waffles. The display of a handsome London taxi owned by Tea & Sympathy and A Salt & Battery of the West Village completed the atmosphere. It was stationed on Madison Avenue in front of Thomas Pink’s Flagship store for guests to marvel at. Guests were able to move to the beats of British music hits, from Sting to The Smiths.
Some of those that were in attendance were Jason Bell, Photographer, Guy Harrington, Editor of An Englishman in New York, Mark Weber, CEO, LVMH, Inc. and Chairman and CEO, Donna Karan International, Jonathan Heilbron, President and CEO of Thomas Pink, Jean-Marc Plisson, CEO of Fresh, Inc., Mark Holmes, Founder of U’luvka Vodka, Colin Asare-Appiah, Brand Ambassador and Mixologist for U’luvka Vodka, Sir Mark Lyall Grant, U.K. Ambassador for the United Nations, Vicky Ward, Author and Vanity Fair Contributing Editor, Nicky Perry and Sean Kavanagh-Dowsett, Owners of Tea & Sympathy and A Salt & Battery.
To view more pictures from this event, check out Haute Living’s photo gallery.