St. Petersburg/Tampa, FL – Some 35 years ago, two “twenty-something” brothers named McLaughlin – fueled by their passion for great style in good taste and flush with seed money from some ventures into historic Brooklyn brownstone renovations – decided to build a very different kind of house. The brothers’ dream was a clothing establishment designed to present their take on classic American sportswear and accessories in elegantly comfortable surroundings. And to make their version of Saturday shopping, they looked to site their first shop on a stretch of Manhattan’s Upper East Side that was home to a pair of “the post-Ivy League set’s” favorite watering holes. Today, with more than 80 stores in the US, J McLaughlin’s latest styles can be found in their most recent location in Hyde Park Village in South Tampa, and their stylistic debut into the Tampa Bay area will be on the runway during Quintessence – a red carpet soiree taking place Friday, January 16, 2015 on the runway at the Peter O. Knight Airport.
Destined to be the most fabled experience of the year, Quintessence beckons guests to indulge in a high-octane, high-touch premiere event with unparalleled access to the pinnacle of grandeur focusing on the elements of earth, air, fire and water including international real estate destinations, exotic automobiles, magnificent watercraft, coveted jewelry, curated objets d’art and the latest high J McLaughlin fashions for men and women showcased on the runway. It will be the modern fusion of these elements that connoisseurs of life will experience during Quintessence – a one-of-kind event to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters; Julie Weintraub’s Hands Across the Bay and the Ryan Nece Foundation.
Located on Davis Island (825 Severn Avenue) the historic Peter O. Knight Airport provides the ideal juxtaposition for Quintessence offering spectacular views of both the Bay and the downtown Tampa skyline as idyllic backdrops to this event beginning at 6 pm, Friday, January 16, 2015. Created and presented by Laura Fage Signature Events & Design, entry into Quintessence is $200 per person – $3,000 for a VIP table of 10. Founding sponsors of the event include Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Lutgert Insurance, Lazzara Yachts and DuPont Registry. For more information, or to inquire about Quintessence sponsorship opportunities or to make reservations for this event, please visit http://quintessenceflorida.com or call 727.269.9462