Daniel Baker; Henri Barguirdjian; Dennis Basso and Michael Cominotto;
Peter Beard; Andrew Saffir and Daniel Benedict.
Dr. Daniel Baker. One of the top New York plastic surgeons,
lately rumored to be the doctor of choice of Sharon Stone; last married to glamour
girl Nina Griscom.
Barguirdjian. Precious jewelry executive, head
of the Graff organization
in New York.
Cominotto and Dennis Basso. Dennis Basso,
need to be told, is
the furrier to the stars of the New York social firmament and
recently opened a very chic salon on Madison Avenue where the
girls load up on the mink and fox and sable. Michael
Cominotto is his partner in life, as well as Basso’s
ambassador of good will.
Both these boys who were once in the
hair business know just how to treat a lady, hosting them at
parties large and small here in New York, in Southampton and
in Palm Beach.
Peter Beard. Famous friend and friend of
the famous, from Warhol to Jackie Onassis; American-born international
writer/photographer, aficionado of all things African, collector
of Isaak Dinesen memorabilia, member
of an Old Guard society family.
Saffir and Daniel Benedict. Two
of the most popular out-and-about men in New York, the
team of Andrew Saffir and Daniel Benedict (or Daniel
Benedict and Andrew Saffir) donate a lot of their spare time to a
number of New York based charity organizations such as New Yorkers
for Children, ASPCA, Memorial Sloan-Kettering, New York City Ballet,
Make-A-Wish, Central Park Conservancy and God’s Love We Deliver.
In the summer they are ubiquitous in the Hamptons, seen at many events
and parties, both philanthropic and social.
Andrew Saffir grew up here in New York,
went to Hunter High School and NYU’s Tisch School of the
Arts with a year spent abroad in London and France. When I first
met him several years ago, he was a marketing executive with Polo
Ralph Lauren. Today he is a partner with Vanessa Wingate and Katrina
Pavlos in Indyssey Entertainment (a film company) and
runs the Grand Classics series here in New York and in Los Angeles,
and soon to be in London. The Grand Classics screenings, frequently
reported on in the NYSD Party Picture pages, have become one of
the most popular private social events among the social set.
Daniel Benedict grew up in Massachusetts and
attended Northeastern University in Boston before coming
to the Big Town to make his way as a designer. He is also
co-author with Jodi Della Femina of the
very popular (and controversial with the Hamptons locals) Jodi’s
Shortcuts which provides an insider’s knowledge
and know-how to getting around the now densely traveled
communities of the South Fork of Long Island. It could
be called “Life Goes On Away From Route 27” (which
is now often the longest parking lot in the world). The
book is immensely popular.
What are they like to be good friends? Outgoing, but not
overly, hospitable and congenial, always well-dressed,
very well-liked, and real gentlemen, courteous,
well-mannered and thoughtful. They often travel in threes or fours with some
of the most popular women in town. One of the most frequently asked questions
NYSD gets from readers is: Are Saffir and Benedict a couple? Answer: they’ve
been living together for seven years now.
Brady — Editor/columnist, New York Post, Fairchild Publications, WWD;
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