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September 2 2014

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The Pioneers Party

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“I first went to a Bono concert when I was pretty young with my dad,” Neil Blumenthal, who co-designs Warby Parker with David Gilboa, told Style.com last night at a party for Bono and Ali Hewson’s co-founded clothing line, Edun. “It was kind of surreal to work with him, but at the same, you realize he’s just a normal guy.”

The Warby Parker designers, along with a host of do-gooding guys, including jewelry designer Waris Ahluwalia and chef Marcus Samuelsson, were hand-selected by Bono and Hewson to front Edun’s Fall ’11 menswear campaign. Last night, the “pioneers” convened in Harlem at Samuelsson’s Red Rooster comfort food restaurant to celebrate, with the likes of Michael Stipe, Julie Gilhart, and Loomstate’s Scott Mackinlay Hahn on hand.

“It’s nice to be in a new area and not at Lincoln Center,” one guest said to Hewson, with Bono standing nearby. Two people who couldn’t make it up 125th Street last night were Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale—good friends of Bono and Hewson. “Gwen is not in town because she is recording her album right now, and Gavin would normally be here, but he likes tennis a lot, so the U.S. Open won out.” Would Hewson ever consider teaming up with the rock star designer? “That would be amazing to do an Edun collab with her—Gwen is the real deal.”

Photo: Joe Schildhorn / BFAnyc.com

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