Last week we launched our third West Coast gallery in sunny California with an abundance of great company, overflowing roses and the clinking of champagne flutes. The mayor of Costa Mesa joined in the celebrations as we introduced the world of Timothy Oulton to Orange County.
Upscale with a touch of casual California spirit, Orange County is a perfect fit for the sophisticated yet relaxed around the edges approach that Timothy Oulton is known for. In South Coast Collection, or SoCo as it is affectionately known, we’re in good company among the area’s top design showrooms and artisan boutiques which thrive alongside the famed Farmers’ Market. It was our pleasure to welcome Bryon Ward – South Coast Collection’s owner – to join the gallery launch party and wish us well in our new home.
And talking of home, the 3000 square foot Timothy Oulton gallery is feeling very much at home already within the HD Buttercup store at SoCo. Both our L.A. and San Francisco galleries also share space with the dynamic brand, who share our passion for innovative and original design.
From customers to interior designers to press, we celebrated the opening with around 100 guests who were greeted by our handsome British royal guards. That familiar Timothy Oulton vibe was already in the air as soon as guests walked in, with the sound of rock and roll filling the entire space of HD Buttercup in a big British welcome. The mayor of Costa Mesa, Steve Mensigner, started the evening by presenting our West Coast Training Ambassador Cameron Martz with a certificate to welcome Timothy Oulton to Orange County.
Everyone was in high spirits as they posed for photos on the Bensington Union Jack sofa and cheekily swapped their bowler hats for the guards’ bearskins. The lively crowd made their way to the Spitfire bar, flanked by two huge urns of fresh velvety red roses, to toast the new gallery with champagne.
Around the corner from the Pillar of Knowledge, guests were enjoying mouth-watering cheeses as they lounged on the Shabby sofa, with others savouring decadent cupcakes while making new friends in the surrounds of the Age of Elegance collection. Chatter and banter continued under the glamorous glow of the Rex and Gyro & Crystal chandeliers as the festivities carried on well into the evening. It was all too much for one of our guest’s ‘plus one’, his canine pal, who couldn’t resist a lie down on the Vintage Union Jack rug – still wearing his bowler hat.
Tim Oulton said of the opening; “SoCo is this flourishing mix of energy and creativity but it’s also a place to kick back and chill out – which really strikes a chord with us. The West Coast is special because we opened our very first gallery in L.A. eight years ago so it’s great to be here in such a vibrant environment.”