The Grand Tour Just Hosted a Flurry of Palm Beach Events in a Moroccan Tent

The Souk is hosting numerous events over the course of two days.

The Souk hosted numerous events over the course of two days, including a cocktail party on Thursday night.

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The Souk’s other events included a book talk with power sisters Tonne Goodman and Wendy Goodman, a breakfast panel on women leaders (which highlighted some of the local nonprofit organizations that will receive proceeds from The Souk), and a Q&A with Chuck Chewning, who is currently restoring Venice’s famed Gritti Palace after the devastating flood. The discussions took place in The Salon, a conversation area in the tent filled with new and vintage furnishings from the Grand Tour.

“One of the most interesting things that we’ve learned is how much our community is craving reasons to gather around culture, art, design, and philanthropy,” says Rafferty, who aspires to inject a bit of buzzing, cosmopolitan energy into the Floridian city, having returned to Palm Beach from New York six years ago.

The tented space.

Bright fabrics draped from the tent ceiling, which was adorned with brass lanterns that Rafferty brought back from a recent trip to Morocco.

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Rafferty also sought to bring the open-air market feel of Marrakech and Istanbul to Palm Beach. Contributing to The Souk’s transient environment are Heir Looms Vintage Rugs and nearly 30 lanterns, which Rafferty found while celebrating her 10th anniversary with her husband in Morocco. Recently re-curated for its one-year festivities, the Grand Tour itself also has many new offerings, including a line of plates that Rafferty designed with artisans in Fez.

“One of my favorite things about being a designer is going to other countries and sourcing in a very organic way—not through appointments, but wandering,” says Rafferty. With the Grand Tour, and its festive anniversary celebrations this week, that spirit continues. “I want to transport visitors to another time and place,” she says.

Chuck Chewning and Bruce Gendelman.

Chuck Chewning and Bruce Gendelman.

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Lia Burke-Libaire and Alex Papachristidis.

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Joe Lucas and Sofia Juarez.

Joe Lucas and Sofia Juarez.

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Gianantonio Corna Dayle Wood Kevin Isbell and Alix Lerman.

Gianantonio Corna, Dayle Wood, Kevin Isbell, and Alix Lerman.

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Georgia McElveen Maura Smith and Takako Nagasawa.

Georgia McElveen, Maura Smith, and Takako Nagasawa.

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Tim Johnson and Fernando Wong.

Tim Johnson and Fernando Wong.

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Gene Meyer Philip Gorrivan Frank de Biasi and Robert Rufino.

Gene Meyer, Philip Gorrivan, Frank de Biasi, and Robert Rufino.

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