Dinner with Gucci and 032c: REFERENCE BERLIN at the China Club
The night before REFERENCE BERLIN festival, Gucci, Mumi Haiati and 032c hosted an intimate dinner at Berlin’s China Club. Babylon Berlin’s Volker Bruch and Trystan Püttner, Caro Daur, Comme des Garçons CEO Adrian Joffe, writer Helene Hegemann, artist Andro Wekua, actor Elyas M’barek, makeup artist Isamaya Ffrench, art collectors Christian and Karen Boros, and sound director Michel Gaubert (among others) joined us for dim sum, cigarettes, and a performance by Nico Huzella. See our snaps below.
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TONI MORRISON remembered her friend James Baldwin in The New York Times following his death in 1987:
“[T]here is too much to think about you, and too much to feel. The difficulty is your life refuses summation – it always did – and invites contemplation instead. Like many of us left here I thought I knew you. Now I discover that in your company it is myself I know. That is the astonishing gift of your art and your friendship: You gave us ourselves to think about, to cherish.
I never heard a single command from you, yet the demands you made on me, the challenges you issued to me, were nevertheless unmistakable, even if unenforced: that I work and think at the top of my form, that I stand on moral ground but know that ground must be shored up by mercy, that ‘the world is before [me] and [I] need not take it or leave it as it was when [I] came in.”’
What Morrison wrote to Baldwin, we now send to her. RIP.