A bartender mixes drinks at Saint-Louis Crystal’s speakeasy-themed party
Event planner extraordinaire Bronson van Wyck recently hosted the launch of Manhattan, the latest crystal collection from Saint-Louis, the venerable French crystal maker.
Inspired by the speakeasy cocktail culture of 1930s New York and based on a Saint-Louis design from the same decade, the Manhattan collection includes everything from coupe and highball glasses to a decanter, cocktail shaker, and ice bucket—everything a modern-day salonniere might need for a glamorous cocktail party.
The “pong table” in Bronson’s New York apartment
And that’s exactly what Bronson hosted. The party was a beautiful reflection on the theme, with guests sipping classic cocktails, trying their hand at mixing drinks from behind the secret bar in Bronson’s kitchen, and indulging in a game of “crystal pong,” a glamorous twist on traditional beer pong with players trying to sink a Saint-Louis-branded ping-pong ball into one of its signature crystal glasses.
Kimberly Nichole performs
Singer Kimberly Nichole, who gained fame on season 8 of “The Voice,” provided the perfect musical ambiance, singing classic ballads that highlighted the romance and spirit of 1930s New York.
Olivier Pechou, Bronson van Wyck, Madeline O’Malley, Celerie Kemble, and Parker Larson
The list of attendees at Bronson’s stylish and intimate New York apartment included Saint-Louis Crystal’s Olivier Pechou, along with such toast-worthy style influencers as Annabelle Moehlmann, Marina Rust, Tamara Mellon, Lydia Fenet, Ann Dexter Jones, Celerie Kemble, Meg Sharpe, Giulia Caltgirone, and Alyssa Kapito.
The cocktails and floral arrangements were classic and elegant
The attention to detail in the Manhattan collection is striking, thoughtful, and a great conversation starter at a party. The sleek bevel cut is meant to denote the New York City skyline, and the design—while based on a collection from the past—features a modern twist: Experimental Cocktail Group was brought in to advise on the technical specifications of each piece to ensure the perfect grip, weight, and balance.
The cocktails looked glamorous served in Manhattan coupe glasses
We’ll drink to that.
Photos: Hannah Thomson / Hannah Thomson Photography
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