On a balmy spring night, H-Town’s hippest made their way to the bars—indoors and out—at Montrose’s still-new Brooklyn Athletic Club to fete Houston magazine’s Men of Style.
After stopping to admire the retro-chic Bici bicycle on display—and drop their names in a raffle to win it—guests proceeded past the croquet and bocce ball courts to snag a cocktail. The Last Wicket, made with Hendrick’s Gin, rose water, pomegranate juice and orange bitters, was appropriately garnished with a miniature croquet mallet!
Drinks in hand, partygoers perused the premises, admiring photographer Julie Soefer’s poster-sized prints of the 11 trendsetting gentlemen featured in the magazine’s annual April issue fashion shoot. Local artist Taft McWhorter auctioned off a piece he painted during the party, with some of the proceeds benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
On the opposite side of the backyard-style restaurant, below twinkling lights, a crop of picnic tables spread out. Nearby, a pop-up display featured goods from Porsche Design and Donald Pliner, and gents were eyeing a pair of shiny new autos from Momentum Audi.
A handful of handsome honorees—including architecture prof Cord Bowen, aviation exec Chris Bradshaw, marketing mogul Nick Florescu, ballet star James Gotesky, blues-rock musician Brendan Hall, radio personality Blake Hayes and sommelier Justin Vann—hobnobbed with other high-profile attendees, including the Six Million Dollar Man Lee Majors and one of Houston’s April cover stars, Tally Hall. Hall showed up with his gorgeous wife and several of his Dynamo teammates—who, at the time, were just days away from clinching the MLS record for the longest at-home unbeaten streak.
At the end of the evening, after remarks by Editor-in-Chief Jeff Gremillion and Publisher Peter Remington, guests headed off with goodie bags from Kiehl’s.
Other 2013 Men of Style include Hall’s fellow Dynamo star Giles Barnes, Teach for America executive Luis Elizondo-Thomson and basketball legend Hakeem Olajuwon.
Photography by Anthony A. Hynes Photography