Retail(ish) wunderkinds Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson put their noodles together one more time to pen the tell all book - By Invitation Only: How We Built Gilt and Changed the Way Millions Shop, and celebrated its launch last night in the lovely home of founder and CEO Kevin Ryan.
The Observer dropped in to inspect the lemony lime cocktails and a refreshing round of hors d’œuvre that seemed to ring in the spring – not unlike the beaming yellow dress that Lauren Remington Platt slipped into for everyone’s enjoyment.
Sultan of sartorial startups, Bonobos.com’s Andy Dunn (who’d just recently saved us from our own fashion emergency), clad in pastels, was on hand and echoed our sentiments that Gilt Groupe had made a lasting impact on the way people shop.
From atop the stairs of his UWS townhouse, Mr. Ryan prefaced the ladies of the hour with a little humor: “It’s so often that young ambitious girls in their mid-twenties come up to me and say ‘I can’t wait to be just like Alexis and Alexandra when I get older.’”
After great laughs, Alexis and Alexandra delivered a heartfelt speech – we got the impression that they really, really, like their jobs.
Click through the gallery for a taste of the evening.