At 2 p.m. last Sunday, a gaggle of twenty-something New York women--including socialite Lauren Remington Platt, Ellen Gustafson (Lauren Bush's partner in her line of FEED bags) and a slew of editor and publicist types--kicked off the inaugural meeting of the Clovernook Society. Founded by four friends (Adair Ilyinsky, a financial analyst; Nadine Ferber, owner of Mick Margo boutique; publicist Alex Conway; and freelance writer Meredith Fisher) and modeled after late 19th century women's organizations, the society's raison d'etre is to host "seasonal salons" that raise money and awareness for members' favorite charities.
For the first salon, about 40 of the founders' friends and co-workers (who each donated $50 to Healthy Child, Healthy World) gathered at trendy West Village restaurant Bobo. They sipped tea and noshed on vegan brownies while guest speaker Anna Getty, the oil heiress turned eco-guru, shared her tips about going green, including using her shoe bags for schlepping produce from the grocery store and watering her herb garden with excess shower water.
The next Clovernook meeting will be sometime this summer, and plans are in the works for events that may even include members of the less-fair sex. Despite the society's country club-sounding name, according to Ilyinsky, there are "no membership requirements for joining other than a willingness to give back in a charitable capacity and an eagerness to meet other likeminded women." Email firstname.lastname@example.org to join their e-mail list.
Above: Anna Getty, Laura Remington Platt.
Below: Vegan brownies and cupcakes at a Clovernook Society meeting.