EVENT DESIGNER BRONSON VAN WYCK'S HOLIDAY POP-UP SHOP
The Manhattan storefront offers dashing decorations and stylish gifts for the holidays
by Florence Kane
Everything started as a trickle,” says sought-after New York event planner Bronson van Wyck, who is known for conceiving lavish yet elegant affairs—from the Whitney Museum gala to parties for Daphne Guinness and President Obama. “But for the past few years, we’ve had 50 to 60 calls from people wanting us to decorate their houses for Christmas.” The lucky number of folks who usually get Van Wyck’s bespoke tree-trimming and mistletoe-hanging services? Two, maybe three “old friends or longtime clients,” he says.
This season, however, Van Wyck is organizing a pop-up shop inside Overbey & Dunn, the endlessly evolving jewel-box boutique in Greenwich Village run by Molly Kavanagh and Thomas Dunn. From November 16 through January 3, anyone can stop in for a bit of Van Wyck’s singular brand of holiday cheer and purchase cozy-chic gifts and decor. Just tell Van Wyck’s team how high your ceilings are, and they’ll wrap an appropriately sized evergreen in hundreds of sparkling lights and ornaments, put it on a stand, and deliver it anywhere in Manhattan. They can also make magnolia wreaths and mistletoe pieces, as well as garlands with gilded leaves, kumquats, or pomegranates—all of which can be shipped nationwide. Or stock up on monogrammable tartan tablecloths and napkins. Plaids are, Van Wyck says, “the ultimate way to create a sense of warmth when it’s cold outside.”
As always, Overbey & Dunn will feature an eclectic array of vintage and antique items. Think antler chandeliers or a set of teacups used by Princess Alexandra at her 1862 engagement to Edward VII—the sort of things that are perfect for the most-difficult-to-buy-for people on your list. Also on offer will be Van Wyck’s festive Caesar and Dijon- and Champagne-vinaigrette salad dressings and Bloody Mary and spicy Margarita drink mixes. You can even sample a tipple while you peruse.
“People everywhere—and especially in New York—are really busy,” Van Wyck says. “They want to get in touch with traditions, but they don’t want to add stress to their lives in order to create a certain graciousness that is part of the holidays.” At 19 Christopher St., New York, NY; vanwyck.net