One hundred guests, customers and friends of the House were invited yesterday evening to attend a Club Swann dinner by chef Thierry Marx. In the lofty main hall of the museum, the chosen few, all shod in their finest leather footwear, were invited to enter in the Salon 1900 room clad with panelling in the Art Nouveau style. There, Berluti’s master shoemakers invited the gentlemen to remove their shoes and sit at three long tables laid in the adjoining reception room.
After the champagne-based dessert, the maîtres d’hôtel served up the guests’ shoes under domed covers. The meticulously cleaned shoes were uncovered simultaneously so all that remained was for them to be polished. The shoe caring session could start, orchestrated by Mademoiselle Agnès, Master of Ceremony.