Event designer Ron Wendt knows exactly how much huge corporations spend on annual parties and intimate events.
He works regularly with J.P. Morgan, Coller Capital, and First Republic bank, as well as glittering lifestyle brands like Tiffany & Co. and Louis Vuitton.
I ask him how he’s cultivated such an elite clientele, and he answers, “Discretion, discretion, discretion!”
While I can guess how much he spends on florals flown in from Holland and custom table linens, he’ll never tell.
What he will say is that, since the recession, his corporate clients have been “very careful about showing off.”
On the difference between fashion and finance clients, he tells me, “In finance, the story is a little more subtle, but with fashion or jewellery, the story is more detailed.”
He adds of his corporate clientele, “Good quality tablecloths are something they ask for.” Naturally, Wendt makes all of his fabrics in-house.
With holiday parties looming, the fall and winter months are Wendt’s busiest time of year. “Right now I’m working on the holiday press event for Tiffany’s,” he says. On whether he designs private events for New York’s richest CEOs and hedgefunders, the answer is a resounding yes — but he doesn’t name names.
Below, he explains the finer details that went into planning four events for some of his top corporate clients.