Last Friday the 25th of May 2012, Jenny Polanco celebrated the opening of her new store “Jenny Polanco Project” in Altos de Chavón with a cocktail to raise money for local charity, Hogar del Niño which featured the incredible recycled lamps of Malele Strofer, as well as Jenny’s fashion designs and numerous arts and crafts created by Dominican artisans.
The cocktail began a little after 6pm, when the ladies (and a few gentlemen) of the Casa de Campo society tottered across the cobbles of Altos de Chavón and into the Casa del Rio, which literally perched on the cliff’s edge overlooking the Chavón river – is undeniably one of the most stunning spots in all of Casa de Campo.
“We are very proud to be opening this new store in Altos de Chavón, where hotel guests and Casa de Campo villa owners can purchase gifts and traditional artisan products.”
— Claudio Silvestri, President and CEO of Premier Hotels and Resorts, the management company for Casa de Campo
Saxophonist Jean-Eric Massena livened up the atmosphere
Once safely in the door, Casa de Campo ladies sipped on champagne and enjoyed cheese and crackers whilst perusing the new store and the “recycled lamps” exhibition by Malele Strofer. The new store named “Project: espacio de Moda, Arte y Artesanía” (Project: space of fashion, art and traditional “artesian” crafts), as the name suggests, boasts a beautiful collection of Jenny Polanco design clothing (for women and children), as well as her popular purses and jewelry – in addition to a wide variety of typical Caribbean arts and crafts.
On this particular evening, the collection of jewelry (especially the earrings) proved incredibly popular, with almost every lady in attendance treating herself to something shiny and new – and as 10% of the takings were donated to the Hogar del Niño we had a great excuse to indulge!
Also especially popolar was the surprisingly extensive exhibition of “recycled lamps” by local Casa de Campo artist Malele Strofer who first created the lamps for the Hogar del Niño’s conservation themed dinner-dance party, when they were auctioned to raise money for the charity which runs a children’s daycare and educational center in La Romana.
“I felt very happy that the lamps were received so positively by everyone at the event. I support the Hogar del Niño because it plays a vital role in our community providing essential services to children who really need them, it’s also a way of giving back to God for the blessings we have received”
— Ana Maria (Malele) Strofer
At this, the second presentation of her lamps, Malele showcased a range ceiling lamps, free standing lamps and even wire lamps – all created using recycled green glass bottles and driftwood.
The following photos were taken on Friday May 25th 2012 at the opening cocktail for the Jenny Polanco Project store in Altos de Chavón:
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Jenny Polanco Project: where fashion meets traditional arts and crafts
The newly opened Jenny Polanco store in Altos de Chavón is quiet possibly the best place in Casa de Campo (and La Romana) to purchase unique, traditional and handmade arts and crafts. In store you will find hand carved plates and models, genuine Haitian and Dominican paintings, traditional Dominican carnaval masks, wicker bowls and baskets, wooden table decorations and even furniture – all hand made by skilled Dominican, Haitian and Caribbean craftsman.
“Project is an art space designed to support the Caribbean crafts, in order to promote hand made design and workmanship in our countries”
— Jenny Polanco, Dominican designer
Alongside the traditional arts and crafts, Jenny Polanco proudly presents her own fashion designs; tropical white linen dresses and blouses with amber detailing perfect for the warm Caribbean weather, stylish purses and fashionable jewelry.
Jenny Polanco Project
Casa del Rio, Altos de Chavón
Open daily: 9am – 6pm
The Hogar del Niño is a children’s daycare and educational center for over 1500 children, located in La Romana town, just outside of Casa de Campo. Children from as young as just a few weeks old up to 18 years old are cared for and educated daily, from as early as 5:30am and staying as late as 7pm.