This Is Forty
New York nightlifer Ben Pundole celebrates with Dree Hemingway and co.
The New York party scene doesn't build itself. One of its primary architects is Ben Pundole, the sprightly Englishman who has helped put together a whole bunch of late-night bashes over the past decade-plus, not to mention a handful of hangouts that people tend to want to throw them in (most notably The Surf Lodge, which launched the Montauk craze). Following stints with the Morgans and King & Grove hospitality brands—the latter of which he cofounded—Pundole has gone more international of late as the branding guru for Ian Schrager's fast-expanding Edition hotel chain.
Pundole can gather a crowd—especially when celebrating his 40th birthday, as was the case Saturday night at Indochine. Dree Hemingway and China Chow were among those who came to raise a glass of Absolut Elyx, the evening's liquor of record.
In black tie and Nikes, Pundole outdressed his guests. He entertained his mother, who'd crossed the pond to join in, and noted that over the past year he's adopted a healthy regimen of yoga, running, and earlier bedtimes—a chapter anyone in his field is pretty much bound to hit at some point.
Still, you only turn 40 once. After clearing out Indochine at 2:30 or so, Pundole headed out to Brooklyn for another round. "I can still do a crazy late night when I put my mind to it," he said.