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brings Ibu Movement to Palm Beach

Ali MacGraw transcends borders and empowers women

All my life I’ve had respect for this fabulous down to earth and generous woman. So when I received  an invitation from Lars Bolander, Nadine Kalachnikoff and Todd Hase to meet her and learn about Ibu movement, I was thrilled!  After further research, I learned about her instrumental role in this fabulous organization and my admiration grew to a whole new level.  I look forward to meeting Ms. MacGraw next Thursday, adding fabulous unique and affordable pieces to my wardrobe and more importantly, I look forward to supporting such an important and often too forgotten cause: empowering women most in need. Nadine, Lars and Todd are generously donating all proceeds from sales to Ibu Movement.

Ibu Movement

In the Malay language of Indonesia, Ibu means a woman of respect.  The Ibu movement celebrates the imagination and skill of women from around the world, while empowering them and putting money back in to their hands. As an Ambassador designer, Ali Macgraw collaborates with 71 artisan groups in 38 countries, bringing elegant, bold, and powerful handmade luxury for the rest of the world to enjoy.

“When a woman brings money into the household,” says MacGraw. “Suddenly she can’t be treated quite the same way as before.”

The Artisans

Artisans spanning the globe from Guatemala, to Nepal to create, spin, dye and weave their stories in cloth. They create more than beauty as they craft their own independence, educate their children, lead communities and change futures. Just one of these 71 groups crafts and designs in-house about 70% of Ibu’s products, offering unique items found nowhere else. The artisans buy the remaining 30% wholesale, and at a more than fair trade price. This dynamic creates livelihood, collegiality, and bonds of friendship between Ibu allies and artisans.

Ali MacGraw Ibu Movement Collection

Ali’s chic sense of style takes traditional craft from 23 countries around the world, including Ali’s native New Mexico, Uzbekistan, Brazil, to Pakistan to the South Sudan, to a whole other level. “My whole life I have been crazy about wearing and collecting textiles from the four corners of the earth.

In many cases, these things have been passed down for generations. Or at least, the craft has been taught by generations.

So these women live in a cultural continuum that the West doesn’t often see. Our society changes everything immediately, outsourcing things, making things quickly and cheaply. It’s so unappealing in comparison to something made by hand, something that joins you to a group of women from around the globe,” says MacGraw during an interview for interior monologue.

Nadine Kalachnikoff, Lars Bolander & Todd Hase will host Ali MacGraw and her collection at 5013 S. Dixie Highway, WPB Thursday March 29th, 10-5 PM.  Ali MacGraw will be speaking at 3pm (All proceeds from sales will go to Ibu movement). 


View video below to fully appreciate Ibu movement.  To view runway show of ali’s collection, fast forward half-way!



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Cryptocurrency & Blockchain Technology

Is the Crypto fad going away? Or is Blockchain technology here to stay?

Whether you’re a skeptic, a Bitcoin bull, or still have no idea what Blockchain is, come to the Preservation Foundation on March 26th for an informational reception hosted by Jefferson Capital. Former CNN International Anchor and Correspondent, Felicia Taylor, will moderate the first in a series of symposiums.

“This technology will likely change the future of how we exchange assets,” Taylor said. “And it is vital that we understand how it will be used.”

Timothy Myers, a blockchain programmer and consultant, will feature as a speaker. He has worked with major financial institutions such as Goldman Sachs, helping them incorporate this technology in their existing systems. During his presentation, Myers will share why he believes Blockchain integration across all businesses is inevitable.

Robert Riva and Michael Margaritoff, managing partners of Jefferson Capital, offer their own insight into the potential utility of digital assets. In addition, they will lead the audience in a round of debate and discussion.

Only 20 seats left for the inaugural reception. If you would like to attend this event or other upcoming presentations Please email: info@jeffersoncapital.info




Rochelle Sara and Katja Bentzen
at Mary Mahoney 344

One stop at Mary Mahoney at 344 and your ready for the Islands in St. Barth’s style.

Rochelle Sara’s new resort collection will be available for two days only during a pop-up at Mary Mahoney at 344, the latest addition to the world of Mary Mahoney. Rochelle Sara is a swimwear line positioned at the apex of form and function. It champions clean lines and timeless silhouettes that reflect the belief that swimwear, like any wardrobe staple, should showcase its wearer’s character. Every detail is carefully considered, with the collection’s refined specialty fabrics sourced from Italian mills and selected for their beauty, durability and utility. Minimal by design, Rochelle Sara embodies the elegance of ease and evokes the optimism of leisurely, sun soaked days.

katja bentzenAfter a very successful Equestrian circuit which included a pop-up at International Polo Club and private trunk shows in Wellington, Katja Bentzen’s signature pearl and mother of pearl creations will also be available at Mary Mahoney at 344.  Katja has been the exclusive supplier of exquisite pearl, mother of pearl and vermeil creations to the Cheval Blanc (formerly Hotel Isle de France) for the last 15 years.  Katja uses only the best pearls from Tahiti and the South Seas with AAA lustre and shine, which she personally selects during her regular trips to the islands.  Katja imports the finest quality supple leather from Australia which she hand prepares for each piece she creates.


Thur, Feb.15 & Fri, Feb.16

10 am-5:30 pm

344 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach



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Gracida Legacy introduces Gracida Wines
at Meat Market Palm Beach

Gracida Wines and Meat Market host kick off for 2nd Annual Equine Salute Invitational

Carlos Gracida Jr. and Mariano Gracida, the two sons of Polo legend Carlos Gracida, along with their business partner and founder of the Arion Group, Nick Valenta are ready to launch the much anticipated Gracida Wines in Palm Beach.  The celebratory event will take place at Meat Market Palm Beach on February 8th, from 6-8 pm. and will serve as the Palm Beach kick-off for the upcoming 2nd Annual Equine Salute Invitational, scheduled Feb. 23.   ‘Carlitos’  ‘Nano’ and Nick will also take this opportunity to introduce the Gracida Legacy Foundation, whose mission is to enrich the lives of community youth through a love of horsemanship and role models dedicated to instilling leadership skills, discipline, and a champion mentality.

Carlos Gracida Legacy grows to 4th Generation

A third generation of polo player, Carlos Gracida Sr. launched The Gracida Polo brand in 2011. The late legendary player and reportedly Queen Elizabeth’s favorite player, was ranked 10 goals internationally for 15 consecutive years.  After his tragic accident in 2014,  the responsibility fell on Carlitos and Nano who along with their buddy turned business partner, Nick Valenta, changed the name to Gracida Legacy and have carried the torch since.

Gracida Wines added to Meat Market Wine List

After three years of research and multiple wine tastings across the globe, the Gracida boys went back to their Spanish roots and chose La Mancha wine region to produce their three wines- a sparkling light rose, a  chardonnay and a Tempranillo Gran Reserva.  Launched in 2017, and familiar to the equine Wellington community, the wines will now be available at Meat Market Palm Beach

“It’s difficult to find wines of this quality without a big price tag. The Gracida wines are affordable, and well-made quality wines for everyday drinking, representative of the Spanish wine culture.  They are wines you can suggest to guests looking for a great bottle but not wanting to leave their life savings on the table. I’m excited to add these wines to our wine list,” says Jonathan Negrin, Wine Sommelier of Meat Market,  “Get ready to enjoy good wine, this is only the beginning for these boys, with their heart, and passion it will only get better and better!

I thought creating Gracida wines would be perfect for the Gracida lifestyle brand.  It not only honors the four generations of horsemen that the name represents, but also, at our price point, everyone can enjoy it and experience the polo lifestyle with each sip,”says Nick Valenta.



Brendan Murphy touches down at Contessa Gallery

Time and Space intersect in fascinating ways for artist Brendan Murphy

Bonnji spaceman

Boonji Spaceman

For those familiar with artist Brendan Murphy’s fascination with Space, the opportunity to meet him and see his latest creations is worth noting.  Rumor has it Brendan may be touching down on Worth Avenue later this month!

The much anticipated 7-foot Boonji spaceman sculpture which was unveiled at Art Miami during Art Basel will be on view at Contessa.  The well-received life-size sculpture continues to attract quite a bit of social media attention #MeetMeAtTheSpaceman.  Other highlights of the exhibit include Brendan’s chalkboard portrait series and the DNA fingerprints.

Pushing the walls of creativity

Well known to collectors from Art Basel to Silicon Valley, artist Brendan Murphy trained under Eric Fischl, Ross Bleckner and David Salle.  Murphy pushes the walls of creativity beyond the confines of the canvas.  He explores sculpture work, concept pieces, and a wide range of different materials and tools.  In doing so, Brendan has developed his own style, a definitively dynamic mix of the abstract and figurative form.  Brendan currently works from his studios in Malibu, California and Brooklyn, New York.  His work is represented in over 500 private collections and has been featured in museums and galleries around the world.


Each of Murphy’s works maintain a consistent exploration of color, language and symbols. Thematically, the artist explores the interplay of beauty, power and the need to understand the energies of life. Murphy is particularly inspired by art’s potential to transmit positive energy, and the effect that the positive energy has on society.

Brendan Murphy exhibit at Contessa Gallery

Contessa Gallery has many of Brendan’s unique pieces on exhibit at their new Palm Beach location at 247 Worth Avenue.  Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday by appointment.  Rumor has it Brendan will be making a special appearance later this month.  To score a possible invitation to meet Brendan, contact Contessa Gallery Owner, Steve Hartman at 216.956.2825.

To make an appointment for a personal tour with Steve or for more detailed information about the gallery, its artists, exhibition history, art fair schedule and philanthropic support, please visit:   http://contessagallery.com/ via email: Steve@contessagallery.com


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Direct from St. Barth’s
Meet Katja Bentzen

Katja Bentzen- A St. Barth’s Staple comes to Palm Beach

St. Barth’s regulars who are ‘in the know’ have three things they absolutely must do during their visit to the fashionable destination:  Pick up food to go at Mayas for a picnic in Colombier or Saline; enjoy lunch and several bottles of rosé at La Plage and a visit to the Cheval Blanc Isle de France Hotel to purchase one of Katja’s latest creations.  Coming home from St. Barth’s without a new signature leather and pearl piece is absolutely out of the question for many of us!  Though Irma has made a dent in our plans this year to visit St. Barth’s, the good news is Katja Bentzen is coming to South Florida end of January and staying with me for a couple of weeks!

Shades of Grey, White, Champagne and more

Katja has been the exclusive supplier of exquisite pearl, mother of pearl and vermeil creations to the Cheval Blanc Isle de France (formerly Hotel Isle de France) for the last 15 years.  Katja uses only the best pearls from Tahiti and the South Seas with AAA lustre and shine, which she personally selects during her regular trips to the islands.  Katja imports the finest quality supple leather from Australia which she hand prepares for each piece she creates.

I thought I had died and gone to heaven when I visited Katja at her studio in St. Barth’s— a pearl lover’s paradise!  My boyfriend spent close to two hours selecting the perfect shades of grey resulting in my favorite piece ever: the perfect Tahitian pearl and leather necklace.

About Katja Bentzen

Katja was born in Sweden and after moving to several countries with her family, she ended up in the Canary Islands, where her

Mother of Pearl Clover Collection

desire to go sailing and traveling was born. She was originally trained in London to restore antique kilims tapestry and it was here that her interest for jewelry and fashion blossomed. Katja spent her winters between the islands of St Barth’s and Antigua and summers in Newport RI, where she worked for the Restoration Society bringing rugs and tapestries back to life for the mansions on Ocean Drive. She used the knotting techniques for restoring these tapestries to create her pearl jewelry.Whilst sailing around the oceans Katja discovered the pearls from Tahiti and the South Seas and began using them to create the pearl jewelry that she is so renowned for today.

Vermeil Collection


Katja Bentzen at Milou Pop Up at International Polo Club and Palm Beach

She’s already been snapped up by Lourdes de Guardiola who will be showcasing select pieces at Milou’s pop up at International Polo Club from January 15-January 28 and February 5- 18th.  Lourdes’s curated collection will include pieces from both Katja’s clover and vermeil lines.

Pearl aficionados will also have the opportunity to meet Katja, select their favorite pearls and request a customized design tailored specifically for them.

Other trunk shows in Wellington and Worth Avenue are still in the planning.  For more information on trunk shows or for private appointments, join Milou’s mailing list or email me.




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Le Rosey in Palm Beach
Summer Camp Presentations

Le Rosey- a household name in Palm Beach

As a Rosey alumnus (class of ’76), parent of two alumni and Florida Rep, I am once again thrilled to welcome Nathalie Eynard, Associate Director of Admissions of Le Rosey back to Palm Beach!  During her last visit three years ago, my dear friend and Rosey parent, Marzia Precoda opened her beautiful home to host an informative tea for Academy of the Palm Beach’s parents and children.  The result? Eight students signed up on the spot for various summer programs, four of which chose Le Rosey to continue their academic studies.  With a growing number of students from Palm Beach currently enrolled in either its academic or summer programs, Institut Le Rosey has clearly become a household name in Palm Beach!

Adriana Burger is a mother of four with her two youngest at Palm Beach Day Academy; eldest daughter graduated from Le Rosey last year and is currently at McGill University, and eldest son is a senior at Le Rosey this year. “Le Rosey gives its students the opportunity of looking at the world with changed eyes, opening their mind to the challenges of multicultural societies, maintaining strong values and ethics as the core of their lives, present and future since once a Roséen, always a Roséen,” says Adriana Burger,

Summer Camps: More than an Adventure in the Alps

Le Rosey offers 5 very different camp programs located on two different campuses:  the ‘Chateau’ campus on the shores of Lake Geneva and the Alpine campus located in Gstaad, in the middle of the Swiss Alps.  Hiking in the Swiss Alps, water-skiing on Lake Geneva, horse-riding through the forest, discovery trips and excursions are just some of the daily activities offered to campers. Students may also opt to develop artistic abilities, hone their musical or theatrical skills in the state of the art Paul & Henri Carnal Hall; learn a new language or focus on improving SAT scores.

Most importantly, Le Rosey Camps offer the opportunity to experience a glimpse of the Rosey spirit, become more independent, forge lifelong friendships and of course, have fun in a short couple of weeks. A unique experience in true Rosey style! 

Click here for more information on the five different camps

Scheduling a time with Nathalie Eynard

Nathalie Eynard, Director of Admissions for Le Rosey will be in Miami from February 1st to 4th, and Palm Beach from February 4th-7th.  Nathalie will answer questions pertaining to summer camp programs as well as Rosey’s  boarding school academic curriculum.  To attend a scheduled presentation or to request a private appointment, please call 561 833 8283 or email Nathalie or Maribel

Click here to view pictures from 2017 Le Rosey Alumni reunion




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Palm Beach Winter Games
Benefiting FIRST SERVE

Inaugural Palm Beach Winter Games to benefit First Serve

The premiere of the Palm Beach Winter Games, hosted at the Breakers, promises to be one of the season’s most exciting new events. This three-day event has something for everyone, especially in benefiting First Serve, which is a nonprofit organization that inspires high-risk children to realize their full potential.

If you are a golf or tennis aficionado, here is an opportunity to play with world-renowned pros and Olympians. The Pro-Am Doubles Tennis Tournament offers a chance to play with both Grand Slam Champions and former top-ranked touring pros in a friendly, yet competitive, round-robin format at the exclusive Breaker’s tennis courts.

John Lloyd

Former Wimbledon Champion and Tennis Ambassador John Lloyd

The Sports Celebrity Golf Tournament will pair you with sports celebrities, such as former NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL players, pro golfers and tennis professionals at the magnificent Ocean Course at The Breakers. Prizes will also be awarded to teams and individuals.

If you prefer to dance the night away, the First Serve Sports Night Gala is billed as “not your grandfather’s gala!” You’ll be able to mingle with sports celebrities and Olympians, while enjoying gourmet food and specialty drink stations.  Restaurants participating include  Meat Market Palm Beach , Imoto, Buccan, Rocco’s Tacos, Sant Ambroeus and Bolay  The nightclub-inspired venue will also have live music and an in-house DJ. Junior Tickets are available for those under 40!

For you fashionistas, check out the Tennis Luncheon and Fashion Show officially sponsored by Cosmo & Company, which in addition to doing hair and make-up for the models, their team of experts will offer a touch-up station for guests.   Guests will also enjoy a fabulous lunch served by the Breakers and walk away with a Tennis swag bag.

Two-time Australian Open Champion, Johan Kriek, First Serve Board Member, Sandra Shaw, Paul and Joanie Van der Grift.

This three-day event runs January 12-15. In addition, there are individual and package opportunities for the different events.  Click here to view ticket prices.

Giving to the Community through FIRST SERVE

The best part of the Palm Beach Winter Games is your participation with the benefit First Serve. Their mission is to help high-risk children through various programs, including sports, education, mentoring, and interaction with law enforcement officials. First Serve endeavors to break the cycle of crime and poverty, helping children transcend their circumstances and transform their lives.

Participants and sponsors will have the opportunity to meet the children First Serve supports and inspires. The Palm Beach Winter Games will be bringing together a vast community; sponsors, local businesses, and volunteers across a wide-scale of activities, within a truly a community-based effort for good.

Click here for sponsorship Information or email Annie to request a customized package.