Cristie Kerr and Kelli Kuehne at the New Lacoste Shop
You know about me and Lacoste, right? I've written about my love for the iconic crocodile, and the awesome apparel he represents, on more than one occasion.
Lacoste is all about Sports and Elegance. 75 years worth. The culture and tradition of the brand is French, but its reach is totally global. Lacoste stores now exist across the USA and around the world, and a couple of weeks ago a new one opened in my stately hometown of Greenwich, CT.
The opening was celebrated with an elegant little reception in the streamlined shop on Greenwich Avenue, which is a kind of New England version of Rodeo Drive...and it was hosted by the epitome of Lacoste style, Cristie Kerr.
The thing is, not only is Cristie one of the world's best golfers, she's also cosmopolitan and classy ... worldly... but warm. And she has eyes like aquamarines.
Yes, Cristie Kerr has it all; the talent, the beauty, the personality..the whole package. She was there with her husband/manager Erik Stevens, himself a gracious internationalist who connects easily with everyone. Together they made the store's guests feel welcome and special. As the crowd enjoyed mojito martinis and chardonnay a DJ spun some R&B and custom embroidered monograms were sewn onto colorful pique polos.
Also at the event was another amazing LPGA golfer, Kelli Kuehne, who is so cute, and so much fun.
Kelli... quite simply... animated the entire room with her expansive Texas personality. Kelli is a longtime friend of Cristie's, and the ambience, that early August evening, was like an intimate gathering of friends. Fun and memorable.
When I checked the Safeway Classic leaderboard earlier today I was delighted to see these two awesome golf girls up in the top five, and playing together tomorrow. They're both part of Cristie's terrific Birdies for Breast Cancer initiative. How wonderful is that for the foundation? Oh, and the girls told me they're going to start blogging too... and they'll definitely have lots to say. That prospect gives us all something to look forward to for Fall.
Photographs © Golf Girl Media
Top: Me with Cristie and Kelli on Greenwich Avenue
Middle: Cristie and Erik in the shop
Bottom: Kelli chatting with guests