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Eight Years of Textiles, History, Art, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

3.28.2009

A Little Traditional Glam on North Robertson

Last night it occurred to me that Alabama-born novelist and shop owner, K. Cooper Ray, is following the path of those great 20th-century writers who found themselves in Hollywood for a spell. Except for the part about opening a fashionable gentleman's boutique. After staying in the shallow end of the pool for a few weeks, Cooper, a.k.a., Social Primer, recently jumped in the deep end with a splashier official "opening" of his pop-up shop located inside Lily Lodge.


Some of our favorite talents came out to support Cooper -- Suzanne Rheinstein, Ruthie Sommers, Lulu de Kwiatkowski. I'm sure they appreciated the creative vignettes informed by his passion for sailing and classic style. Check out the menswear-inspired plaid "lining" added to the back of the Social Primer secretary -- a Chippendale reproduction on loan from an old family friend. (Even Mad Men costumer Janie Bryant stopped by for a little inspiration, and in a nod to Cooper's trademark attire, Sally Perrin arrived in a dress by Martin Margiela made entirely of bow ties.)

Social Primer has a great mix of fine and decorative art. Click here to learn more about the shop. Photography courtesy Laurent Levy.


9 comments:

Karena said...

How fun and I would love to see the dress of bow ties! Very manly setting....

Style Court said...

Yes, I agree, very gentleman chic. Did you see Cooper's watchband?

tartanscot said...

o.m.g. what a great party it must have been.

and Cooper's absolutely adorable.

Style Court said...

He's done a lot with a small area too! I should have mentioned that earlier :)

Style Court said...

Also at the risk of repeating myself, Cooper believes in democratic design. Many of the items shown here are priced around $35. Or under $50.

Ivy Lane said...

Chic AND Affordable, gotta love that! :)

The Peak of Chic said...

What a great shop; must have been some party!!!

erika said...

I'm DYING over those PBN dogs. I collect them, and have never seen that version. I've just emailed them to find out the price, they are probably out my price range, but... but... they are fantastic. And you know I fancy black & white dogs!
Hope all is well with you Court!

Style Court said...

Hi Erika! They might not be too pricey. Fingers crossed! He has a lot of budget-friendly stuff in the mix.

Keep me posted :)