On Wednesday morning, the French, Richemont-owned haute joaillerie house sent out elaborate invitations to the store’s Sept. 7 reopening event.
The trifold gold-card-stock invite — which extends to nearly three feet in length — lists a “host committee” for the event, akin to a charity-gala format. Cartier declined to comment on the duties of the purported “hosts.”
Among the evening’s committee are fashion society standbys (Iris Apfel, Kate Young); famous chefs (Eric Ripert, David Chang, Daniel Boulud); art denizens (Gavin Brown, Lola Schnabel, Allison Sarofim); nightlife impresarios (André Saraiva, Paul Sevigny), celebrities (Sofia Coppola, Katie Holmes, Rooney Mara, Uma Thurman, Catherine Zeta-Jones); magazine editors (Glenda Bailey, Graydon Carter), and more.
“The festivities will delight with surprises throughout the evening as you will discover the mansion in unique and unexpected ways,” the invitation’s bottom fold elaborates.
The restoration project has seen Cartier’s 653 Fifth Avenue mansion come under the watchful wing of celebrated architectural firm Beyer Blinder Belle and interior designer Thierry W. Despont.
While originally projected to reopen after two years, construction has been under way since March 2014. The renovations are expected to more than double the store’s prior retailing square footage.