Byline: Marc Karimzadeh

NEW YORK — Judith Leiber, Piazza Sempione and Elle magazine joined forces last Wednesday to promote the work of young contemporary New York artists.
Some 350 people crowded into Jeffrey on West 14th Street to celebrate “Changes,” a special exhibition of art by eight alumni of West Village gallery and arts organization White Columns. Founded in 1969, White Columns presents and upholds visual art by emerging artists in painting, sculpture, photography and video installations.
That evening, guests were treated to more than 20 pieces of art, ranging from pop-art style collages to digital images and sculptures. For some fashion sparkle, the store showcased Judith Leiber’s latest Swarovski crystal-studded minaudieres in a special display cabinet and informal models wore Piazza Sempione fashions or Leiber handbags.
“I love parties in my store, I love Judith Leiber and art in this space because it feels like a gallery,” said Jeffrey’s owner Jeffrey Kalinsky, while posing with a special motorcycle and sidecar designed by local artist Shawn Greene.
According to Kalinsky, the idea of cohosting this party came to him after displaying Judith Leiber’s handbags by hanging them on a tree last year. This caught the attention of Judith Leiber executives, who as a result, approached Kalinsky for an event, said a Judith Leiber spokeswoman. “Changes” will be on view at Jeffrey until March 21.

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