Special guest, Mahnaz, to host a ‘Meet and Greet‘ at Richters of Palm Beach on Wednesday, February 13, 2019

By Brandy Guthrie

Committed jewelry aficionado and champion of well-curated vintage, the Mahnaz Collection will be in Palm Beach Feb 13-18.  Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Mahnaz, a former foreign policy expert turned jewelry historian will escape NYC’s frigid temperatures to introduce her curated collection to Palm Beach. Typically available for viewing by-appointment only at her gallery on East 57th Street, a selection from exquisite jewels will be available to Palm Beachers at Richters on Worth Avenue from Feb 13-18.

Launched in 2012 by Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos, the Mahnaz Collection collects and sells original, influential, fine vintage, designer and artist-made jewelry, primarily from the mid-to-late twentieth century. The jewels are authentic North and South American and European design classics.  Often handmade and rich in color, these innovative and finely crafted jewels are bold, yet timeless in style. Important design concepts, explored in precious and semi-precious materials, shape the collection.

18 karat gold Trojan Horse motif cuff designed by Anton Fruhauf in c. 1970

Showcased during Mahnaz’s visit will be a variety of the mid-to-late twentieth century designer and artist-made jewelry on which the gallery has built its reputation. Featured in the pages of Vogue, Town & Country, and Harper’s Bazaar, and on the shelves of Barneys New York, these often handmade bold designs have been assembled with a scholar’s touch. The collection is a blend of rare jewelry by historic design houses, as well as by independent artists, with a certain affinity for British jewelers from the 1960s and 70s, along with contemporary Hopi, Navajo, and Pueblo modernist jewelry.

Features include select vintage and modern jewels by Boucheron, Chaumet, Cazzaniga, Hemmerle, David Morris, Kutchinsky, Burle Marx, Nanna Ditzel, Andrew Grima, Charles Loloma, and Richard Chavez.

Follow Mahnaz Collection for regular reminders on why you do not want to miss out!

Take a look for yourself at the slideshow below.


Champagne and conversation with Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos to be held at

Richters,  224 Worth Avenue on Wednesday, Feb 13th from 2-5 PM


LA CLARA Sales Gallery opens at The Royal Poinciana Plaza

Great Gulf, an internationally award-winning Canadian real estate developer, opened its Palm Beach sales gallery for LA CLARA, a stunning residential tower, on February 2nd.  Designed by world-renowned architect Siamak Hariri, LA CLARA is a luxury 83 unit, 25-story high-rise residential building on Flagler Drive. Great Gulf is a vertically integrated residential developer with 18 high-rise condominium projects currently under construction in North America.  Above, a rendering of the expansive living rooms and breathtaking views.

La Clara features wraparound terraces with eastern exposure views of the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean. The unique design assures complete privacy and spacious outdoor entertainment space

Architectural Pedigree

“The building was designed from the inside out, seeking exposures that have nothing but sky and water,” said Siamak Hariri co-founder of Hariri Pontarini Architects. “The objective was to provide every owner with a significant, expansive corner window and large terrace. Performance came first, then structure, and Great Gulf has supported my vision.”Siamak Hariri has been recognized with 60 major architectural awards for designs including the McKinsey & Company Canadian headquarters, the Tom Patterson Theatre for the Stratford Festival, and the Baha’ i Temple of South America. He has a reputation for his profound interest in light, form, site, material, and craft. Light and clarity are hallmarks of many of his works. This project, with its intensive and expansive light, characteristic of Florida, was a compelling opportunity to approach luxury. (View Siamak Hariri’s Sacred Spaces influences West Palm’s Skyline)


Bedroom: Nine foot tall ceilings are standard in La Clara, a unique luxury high-rise condominium building in the Palm Beaches. One, two, and three bedroom units are available with official groundbreaking scheduled for March

La Clara: Unique Integration of Artistic Vision and Development

“La Clara with co-developer Terrace Mountain, is an exciting entry into the Florida luxury market and will showcase our design and expertise that we’ve developed over 40 years,” said Great Gulf President Residential Niall Collins. “It’s a contemporary elegant project that reflects our reputation to marry design innovation, construction technology and craftsmanship. We look forward to many more projects ahead.”

The building will be unique, with residences having views of the Intracoastal Waterway, and most will include vistas of West Palm Beach and Palm Beach. It’s conveniently located minutes away from the Kravis Center for Performing Arts and Worth Avenue, and next to Norton Museum of Art. It will feature amenities to make it a complete community — a stunning building that focuses on lifestyle. Private terraces and public spaces are inspired by the lines of a luxury yacht. La Clara will feature one to three-bedroom condominium units ranging from 1500 to over 3000 square feet, starting at $2 million. Luxury finishes throughout include Miele appliances and Snaidero kitchens.  Occupancy is scheduled for 2021.


About Great Gulf

Established in 1975, the Great Gulf Group of companies including Great Gulf Homes an international award-winning, low-rise and landmark high-rise residential developer providing over 70,000 families with places to call home; Ashton Woods Homes, the 3rd largest private builder and 18th largest in the U.S.; First Gulf, an innovative market leader in sustainable, accessible and transit-oriented commercial developments and large scale design-build industrial facilities; Tucker HiRise, a leading construction management company, specializing in the construction of high-density, mixed-used projects; H+ME Technology, a precision engineering panelization manufacturing facility; and Taboo Muskoka, one of Canada’s top-ranked golf courses, is one of North America’s premier real estate organizations. With major projects in Canada and the United States, the company’s fully-integrated activities span the entire real estate spectrum.

Douglas Elliman Development Marketing is handling the exclusive sales and marketing for La Clara.
For more sales information, contact Chris Leavitt at 917.664.0720.

The sales gallery opened February 2 at 50 Cocoanut Row, S101.


Winter Chefs Series

Join Palm Beach Daily New food writer, Roberta Sabban, for a series of lectures and lunch programs at three award-winning Palm Beach Restaurants. This educational program is designed to introduce participants to south Florida’s top purveyors. A combination of the longest growing season in the continental United States and a well-traveled dining public will keep the island’s culinary world on its toes.

These lunches are designed to take participants behind-the-scenes to meet the chefs and top local, family-owned wholesalers for a lively, interactive discussion on the latest trends and the constant quest for the finest quality products.

Each program will be followed by a three-course lunch. Reservations are required. Meet at the restaurants. $125 per luncheon.

February 12 – Chez Jean Pierre – Seafood and Produce
Chez Jean-Pierre with David and executive chef, Guillaume Leverrier, Anthony Scalisi, Scalisi Produce and Steve Gyland of Cod & Capers Seafood.

March 12 – Meat Market – Beef and Veal
Join executive chef, Sean Brasel and Douglas Bush, Bush Brothers Provisions Company.

April 9 – Renato’s -The fairest Fowl with the King of the Coop
With executive chef Javiar Sanchez and Scott Sechler, owner Bell & Evans and Douglas Bush, Bush Brothers Provisions Company.

Reservations are required. For tickets or more information contact: The Society of the Four Arts, 240 Coconut Row, Palm Beach – box office or call  561.805.8562.