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Kelly Golden and Meredith Wood-Prince celebrate Neapolitan’s 10-year anniversary in high style.

Kelly Golden (left) and Meredith Wood-Prince


When Kelly Golden opened Winnetka boutique Neapolitan in November 2003, she was a Northwestern MBA with a high-fashion dream. Ten years and two expansions later, the shop has become a nationally recognized designer destination, and Golden is now a fixture at fashion shows in New York, Milan and Paris, and has designers Lela Rose, Andrew Gn and Derek Lam in her personal Rolodex. In short, it’s time to celebrate—and no one throws a more stylish event than Meredith Wood-Prince, local socialite, editor of Scout Guide Chicago and devoted Neapolitan client.

“We wouldn’t be here if we didn’t have amazing and loyal clients that keep shopping here year after year,” Golden says. “With technology, there are more shopping options now than there were 10 years ago, but our clients understand that we offer something more. We’re basically a personal shopping service; we buy specifically for all of our clients’ lifestyles and price points.”

Early on in Neapolitan’s run, Golden and Wood-Prince bonded over a shared love of Irene Neuwirth jewelry (Wood-Prince bought her first pair of the designer’s earrings at the shop). So when the stars aligned, bringing both Neuwirth and New York-based wunderkind designer Wes Gordon to town for the shop’s anniversary trunk shows, the stylish duo (both moms to three children) decided a party was in order. “We started collaborating on the kind of event we wanted to have and how to make it special,” Golden says.

In early October, 20 stylish women, including Jacky Farro, Cindy Galvin, Lisa Cotton and Elizabeth Cole, traveled to Wood-Prince’s Ruthie Sommers-designed Lincoln Park home. After being greeted by Golden (who wore a Wes Gordon look from his spring 2014 collection, paired with some Irene Neuwirth moonstone pieces that she’s had “for five or seven years”) and Wood-Prince (who rocked leather leggings from The Row, a Wes Gordon shirt and Irene Neuwirth earrings), they were handed the night’s signature drink, tequila on the rocks with a pomegranate sugar rim—Neuwirth’s favorite cocktail.

The party moved to Wood-Prince’s backyard, which HMR Designs transformed into a whimsical, chic fairyland. “We had a blue-and-white striped tent, which was a nod to Irene, who’s from California and is inspired by the ocean; then on the table, we had a long trough of lavender stock flowers, which was a nod to Wes’ spring collection since it had a lot of lilac,” Wood-Prince says.

Gilded chandeliers, a mirrored tabletop and Lucite chairs added to the glamour as the guests sipped on Champagne and enjoyed a seasonal meal prepared by Sault and Pepper catering, then sliced into the three-tier cake Wood-Prince designed with TipsyCake’s Naomi Levine. One tier was designed to resemble Neapolitan’s front windows, while the other two paid homage to the fashionable creations of Gordon and Neuwirth. Then it was on to the toasts, as the guests praised both the work of the designers and Golden’s decade-long success.

“In her toast, Meredith mentioned that she bought her first pair of Irene earrings when Neapolitan was just a third of the size it is now, and Irene was just getting started. Wes wasn’t even in business yet,” Golden says. “So much has changed since we opened. It’s fun to see how things have evolved, but we’re still all together.”

Neapolitan continues its anniversary celebration through January 2014 with trunk shows and designer appearances from jewelry designer Kimberly McDonald on Dec. 5-7, and Gilles Mendel of J. Mendel on Jan. 14.