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Cocktails at Coach with Art World Influencers

Prominent art world figures recently held an event in the Post Street store

BY Damion Matthews - Photos by Drew Altizer - October 24, 2016


Sometimes a cultural moment is defined not by the big headline events everyone is aware of, but by the little things. Brief encounters that leave a lasting impression. Small gestures that can represent big movements.

Even a cocktail party…

Coach San Francisco at 190 Post Street
Coach San Francisco at 190 Post Street

Photos (top): Drew Altizer


An occasion such as this recently took place at the Coach store on Post Street in San Francisco, where the hosts were not fashionistas, socialites or philanthropists, but three leading figures in the art world.

Held to celebrate the brand’s wonderful Fall 2016 collection, the event was hosted by Jessica Silverman, owner of Silverman Gallery; her partner Sarah Thornton, a sociologist known internationally for her books on art and culture; and Sonya Yu, a fine art photographer inspired by the 17th century master, Vermeer. A portion of sales proceeds during the party went to 826 Valencia, which helps young people with their writing and design skills.

Among the guests were others making an impact in the arts: Anna Gavazzi Asseily, Director of Gagosian Gallery San Francisco; Kaitlyn Krieger, who with her husband, Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger, is a passionate collector; artists Asha Raval and Juliana Stoy, the chic co-founders of design studio Animal Spirit Design; and Susan Sayre Batton, the San Jose Museum of Art’s deputy director. Some only recently moved here from New York, Europe or beyond, drawn here by the excitement and opportunities of the area during its current technological boom.

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Jessica Silverman, Sarah Thornton; Tricia Sellman, Allison Speer, Shannon Alice; Sonya Wu, Emily Holt
Jessica Silverman, Sarah Thornton; Tricia Sellman, Allison Speer, Shannon Alice; Sonya Wu, Emily Holt

Photos (top): Drew Altizer


Together they represent the new energy driving the arts in San Francisco. They have youth, they have ambition, they have deep knowledge of the subject. They are the women who make art, the women who judge it, the women who sell it, and the women who buy it. Without them and others like them, where would the arts be?

As Coach, under the design talents of Stuart Vevers, shifts into a more youthful and creative direction, with collections comprised of witty but luxurious, quality pieces, it’s the acceptance by people such as this that will ultimately decide whether it’s going the right way. So far there’s no doubt that it is!

Such a little though pleasant thing, a cocktail party — champagne and canap├ęs, cool clothes, chitchat with friends, then off to dinner you go… But from this party on Post Street the suggestion lingers: there is something big happening in San Francisco.

Kaitlyn Krieger; Peter Panagiotopoulos, Laura Dowling, Dr. Carolyn Chang
Kaitlyn Krieger; Peter Panagiotopoulos, Laura Dowling, Dr. Carolyn Chang

Photos (top): Drew Altizer




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