I was thrilled and honored to be included in a panel discussion on social media recently. Hosted by Montauk Club Committee member, David Griffin, and led by Social Marketer, Caroline McCarthy (currently on the Google+ business team), the panel was convened to discuss how social media has supplemented and, in some cases, even replaced the private clubs and exclusive parties of the past, shaping a new generation of potentially more accessible networks in finance, journalism, fashion and culture. Questions put forth included: how do our current social networks mirror the ones that Edith Wharton and F. Scott Fitzgerald described…and has the digitization of those networks really changed them as much as we think it has?
The illustrious panel was composed of a veritable who’s who of the social media world – yours truly included, of course:
James Andrew, Interior Designer, Style Icon and Blogger Extraordinaire, “What is James Wearing?”; Michael Hogan, Executive Entertainment Editor, AOL Huffington Post Media Group; Sarah Kunst, Consultant at Mohr Davidow Ventures and former Events Manager at Guest of a Guest; Divya Narendra, former co-founder of ConnectU and CEO & Co-founder of SumZero; James Tunick, CEO of Web5design and Owner of IMC Lab + Gallery.
In any case, we had a lively discussion, with the recognition that social media has most certainly created a means of introduction that would have previously been impossible…speaking from my own experience, WIJW has made me friends from around the world, and I’ve gained entrée into some rather posh and influential circles at that! Still, we here at WIJW (along with many others), feel that physical clubs like the magnificent Montauk Club will always play that crucial role in making human connections!
The 1889 Montauk Club and it’s grand club house provided the perfect venue. Designed by the famed New York architect Francis H. Kimball, it was inspired by a palace on Venice’s Grand Canal. I can’t wait to share a post dedicated to The Montauk Club! Standing in front of one of the club’s many fireplaces, I’m sporting a Tom Ford “Buckingham” jacket in black and ink wool wide twill damier, pale blue woven mini herringbone weave cotton shirt with French cuffs and an ivory wool knit tie, Charvet retro print silk pocket square, pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, indigo leather D ring belt by Ralph Lauren, J Brand “Kane” jeans, Gucci black suede and leather loafers, vintage Rolex watch, and my fragrance is Creed Windsor.