Seven Book Signings in One Season!

This past Spring Season has been a busy and festive one here at Lillian August. We held a whopping seven book signings in less than three months! 

Thom Filicia Book Signing, April 24th
Lillian August kicked off a string of book signings with celebrity designer, Thom Filicia, one of the funniest and most charming designers we can think of. Thom first won our hearts on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and has since gone on to dominate the interior design industry.

Thom is a great conversationalist and guests got to experience his wit first hand during his Q&A with Serendipity editor, Kristan Zimmer. It was educational and fun to hear Thom tell stories, ranging from childhood tales to the inspiration for the design of his country home, which is featured in his book, American Beauty: Renovating and Decorating a Beloved Retreat.

We had a blast chatting with Thom and the drinks were flowing, thanks in large part to Spiked Seltzer, which donated their fresh new seltzer drinks for our party.

Kristan Zimmer, editor at Serendipity interviews Thom Filicia.
Kristan Zimmer, editor at Serendipity interviews Thom Filicia.

Thom Filicia with Khaki Wennstrom-Young and Lindsay Potter of Spiked Seltzer (on left and right). 

John and Cristiane Weiss looking atAmerican Beauty: Renovating and Decorating a Beloved Retreat with Thom Filicia.

Aerin Lauder Book Signing, May 8th
The elegant and poised Aerin Lauder, granddaughter of beauty icon and businesswoman, Estée Lauder, made a special trip to the Norwalk Design Center for an exclusive signing of her new book, Beauty at Home.

Aerin arrived looking effortlessly gorgeous in a chic and simple outfit and stunning necklace from her own Aerin collection, which she had created to commemorate the Charles James exhibit at the Met. In fact, just a couple days earlier Aerin had chaired THE event of the NYC spring season – the Met’s Costume Institute’s Gala Benefit. So it was quite the honor to have her here with us in Connecticut.  Aerin was treated like the celebrity that she is with guests patiently waiting in line to get a copy of her book signed and a chance for a photo op.

We were also lucky enough to get an insider’s perspective on Aerin’s life – with Amy Vischio, Editorial/Creative Director of athome hosting a Q&A where Aerin revealed how her grandmother, Estée has influenced her approach to life, beauty and work. The event was held in Aerin’s showroom space at our Design Center, which boasts the largest selection of Aerin’s home collection in all of the Northeast. It’s no wonder then that Aerin was quoted in the pages of athome that whenever she visits Connecticut, Lillian August is a must-stop destination.

Amy Vischio interviewing Aerin Lauder.

L - R: Aerin Lauder with Dan Weiss, John Weiss and Elizabeth Ethridge McGann of Lillian August.

Aerin Lauder signing copies of
Beauty at Home.

Celerie Kemble Book Signing, June 5th
In June we had the honor of hosting the talented and beautiful – yet super down-to-earth, Celerie Kemble. Our own Lillian August was in town for this event so it was great to have the whole family here for the party.  

Guests enjoyed seeing Celerie’s showroom space which featured her collections with Henredon and Merida. The evening was extra-festive as the book signing was part of the opening night festivities to preview our Semi-Annual Sale. Guests enjoyed chatting with Celerie and getting signed copies of her book, Black & White (and a bit in between),while also having the opportunity to get the first look at our epic Semi-Annual Sale. To make the night that much sweeter, we raffled off a $500 gift card.

John Weiss and Dan Weiss with their mother, Lillian August.

L – R: Cheryl Montoya and Sharon Summer of Luxe and friend, with Celerie Kemble and Kristen Wilson.

Caitlin Costa of Lillian August gets her book signed by Celerie Kemble.

Design Market Digest with book signings by Michael Devine, Cindy Rinfret, Phillip Dodd, Rhonda Eleish & Edie Van Breems, June 12th
For the Design Market Digest (DMD) Serendipitymagazine hosted the top design professionals in our area for a fabulous party in our gorgeous, new Greenwich store. With so many designers, architects and builders in one space, the party was a mecca for networking but we did manage to squeeze four book signings in.

“Greenwich Style” designer, Cindy Rinfret was on hand to sign copies of her latest book, as was Michael Devine, author of An Invitation to the Garden. We also welcomed local author, Phillip Dodd who signed copies of The Art of Classical Details. Last but certainly not least, Lillian August’s own Rhonda Eleish and Edie van Breems signed copies of their new book, Reflections on Swedish Interiors.

In addition to all of these book signings, we honored architect Richard Granoff for his contribution to the design community. Needless to say, it was a major night for our local design industry and it was our great pleasure to host such a talented group!

Richard Cerrone, William Lyon and Mike Eagen of Lillian August.

Authors Phillip Dodd, Rhonda Eleish and Edie van Breems.

John Weiss and Dan Weiss (left and right) with Danielle Dubin Manion and Suni Unger of Serendipity.