If anyone knows how to impress a gathering, it's Christofle Americas president and CEO Nicolas Krafft. Just ask the tony crowd of Christofle big spenders who were invited for a champagne and very-fancy-craft evening at the intriguing home of art collectors Lester Marks and Dr. Penelope Gonzales.
In from New York, Krafft and Christofle executive vice president Ginny Gerard were accompanied by master silversmith Emilie Martin in from Christofle headquarters in France. While Martin wowed the attentive group with a demonstration of her talents with silver treasures, it was the champagne component that had guests swooning.
Krafft brought along a sterling silver Christofle Vasque a Champagne, which chills 10 bottles of bubbly in a lavish bath of ice, price tag approaching $70,000.
While guests hydrated with the Moet & Chandon, the CEO entertained with a brief overview of the silver house's history and provided updates on contemporary pieces being added to Christofle's popular classic collections.
Friends and fans of Christofle included Bill Stubbs, Barbara McKnight, Robert Sakowitz, Teri and Phillip Pugh, Cheryl Byington, Veronica Ramirez and Hassan Alrady, Farzaneh Sameri, Tracey and Drew Baird and Christofle Houston director Vicki Rusca.