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Promoter Joe Meli had a plan: stage a series of intime concerts with big-time acts and fantastic food. By spring he had booked Prince at the Ross School in East Hampton, New York, then Dave Matthews, Billy Joel, James Taylor, Tom Petty. The food was catered by the likes of Geoffrey Zakarian. His brilliant idea made the $3,000-a-concert price seem (almost) justified.

Party Favor

At the opening of Tiffany & Co.’s revamped first floor in its New York flagship last Sep­tember, the doormen wore blue scarves that got almost as much attention as the 90-carat aquamarine. Vis­itors begged the com­pany to make them avail­able. It listened: The cashmere shawls are now for sale. $450; 800-843-3269

It Bag

Muriel Brandolini is known for bold interiors inspired by her heritage—she’s part Viet­nam­ese, part French, part Venezuelan—as well as for her printed djellabas that women buy by the dozen. Brandolini’s new beaded pouches, hand­crafted in Vietnam, give them some­thing new to add to their collection. $1,395; 212-826-8900;

Local Color

Matthew Campbell Laurenza grew up in Kentucky, Texas, and New Mexico. He studied interior design and architecture in Georgia, then sculpture in Louisville. But this American-grown artist found his true calling in the far reaches of Thailand, where he apprenticed with a gem cutter and learned the craft of enameling from a local woman. Now he’s brought back home a line of brightly painted rings and bangles, like this turquoise-enamel and sapphire bubble cuff. 800-558-1855;