Gretchen Mol Hugs Beagles; Pocket Square Framed: Scene

Animal Haven
Gretchen Mol, Tiffany Lacey, Executive Director of Animal Haven, and Kendra Mara, Associate Director of Animal Haven. Photographer: James Tarmy/Bloomberg

Two beagle puppies at Animal Haven’s Holiday Bash last night got their pictures taken with actress Gretchen Mol, and that’s not the only reason they’re likely to find a home.

“We make it a pleasure to adopt a dog,” Archie Gottesman, a board member of Animal Haven and chief branding officer of Manhattan Mini Storage said at the speakeasy-themed party at the private club Norwood. “We have a completely different kind of shelter. It doesn’t look like a shelter, it looks like a boutique.”

Among the guests who attended the $400-a-plate dinner and $125-a-head performance at Norwood, were James Keyte, partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, the pro- bono law firm of Animal Haven, and creative director Alexandra Burch of Trademark, a fashion line.

The beagles were kept downstairs in the basement area, which at least spared their delicate ears and noses the assaults of human music and food.

Located near the boutiques of the downtown Manhattan districts Nolita and SoHo, Animal Haven offers not only a temporary home for cats and dogs but a place to buy them accessories.

Last year the shelter, with an annual budget of $1.2 million, placed 800 animals. Tiffany Lacey, executive director of Animal Haven, said she hopes to increase the number to 1,000.

The holiday benefit, which featured music by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, raised about $30,000.

Pocket Square

Norwood on Tuesday night was a showcase for a more obscure man’s best friend: the pocket square.

Details magazine and the Council of Fashion Designers of America arranged an exhibition and auction of framed and signed pocket squares created by a host of menswear designers including Band of Outsiders and Richard Chai.

Erika Bearman, head of public relations for Oscar de la Renta, bought a $200 Michael Bastian plain-white pocket square, featuring the phrase “less words, more love” embroidered in red, for the man in her life. The highest bid, $500, was for a very vintage-looking American flag with fringe by John Varvatos.

“It’s like any other sort of men’s accessory: a really fun way to take your look up a notch without having to step outside your comfort zone,” said Matthew Marden, fashion director at Details.

Proceeds went to the CFDA Foundation. Unframed, unsigned pocket squares are on sale at for $100 each, with 100 percent benefiting the CFDA Foundation. Bastian is offering a plaid design, Billy Reid’s features a pelican, and Marc Jacobs’s is steel-gray.

(James Tarmy and Amanda Gordon are writers and photographers for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are their own.)

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