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The Story and Style of American Icon, Rachel ‘Bunny’ Mellon

May 4, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This month’s Lite Lunch is a unique opportunity for special insights into the life and legend of Bunny Mellon. For this program, we are welcoming Meryl Gordon, author of Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend, along with Mellon’s grandson Thomas Lloyd and her dear friend Bryan Huffman – two of the authors behind Bunny Mellon Style, which was released at the end of 2021. Both books capture a unique glimpse into the less known world one of the most unintentionally influential women of the twentieth century. Learn about her incredible sense of signature style, anecdotes about her personal relationships with the Kennedys and the White House as well as designers Givenchy and Billy Baldwin, and come away with the highest regard for a woman who was disciplined and self-taught, loved learning from historic texts, and accomplished in so many areas of society while remaining inherently down to earth.  Tickets for this event are $25 for CLS Members and $35 for CLS Guests, and include a boxed lunch.  Both books will be available for signing and purchase following the program.

To purchase tickets, click here or call 843-723-9912.

To purchase your copy of Bunny Mellon Style from Buxton Books, click here.

To purchase your copy of Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend from Buxton Books, click here.

About The Authors:

Meryl Gordon is the author of Mrs. Astor Regrets: The Hidden Betrayals of A Family Beyond Approach, along with Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend and The Phantom of Fifth Avenue. She is an award-winning journalist and a regular contributor to Vanity Fair. She is on the graduate journalism faculty at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. She is considered an expert on elder abuse and has appeared on NPR, CNN, and other outlets whenever there is a high-profile case.

Bryan Huffman is an interior designer whose projects are filled with comfort, warmth and reflect the world of the families who inhabit them.  “I approach projects from a classically traditional perspective, adding a twist to keep it from being to ‘period’.”  He says that he eschews fads and trends, instead focusing on creating timeless spaces with and for his clients. Bryan’s influences vary from the decorating greats Nancy Lancaster, Sister Parish, and Mario Buatta, as well as a life of travel, and friendships that have honed his sense of design and love of understated luxury. Bryan also has a passion for landscape and gardening, and co-authored Bunny Mellon Style and Garden Secrets of Bunny Mellon, which will give readers an intimate glimpse into the design standards of the horticultural and style icon. Bryan Huffman Interiors is a full-service firm based in North Carolina that handles projects on both a large and small scale.

Thomas Lloyd is the grandson of Rachel ‘Bunny’ Mellon and a Wealth Advisor in Washington, D.C. He currently also serves as the President of the Gerard B. Lambert Foundation and is on the Board of Directors for Children’s National Medical Center, The National Gallery of Art, The Penn-Faulkner Foundation, and Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. Along with Bryan Huffman and Linda Jane Holden, Lloyd co-authored Bunny Mellon Style.