Thanksgiving in Palm Beach

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Guests at the Home of Mr. & Mrs. Ogden Phipps, Palm Beach, 1970. (Photo: Slim Aarons / Getty Images)

For many Palm Beachers, this iconic photo by Slim Aarons really evokes Thanksgiving weekend. Friends, family and children, elegantly or sportily dressed, gathered together for some fun in the sun — which at any moment can turn into madness under the palms, becoming family lore for generations.

Historian and NYSD contributor Augustus Mayhew with James Cohen, owner of Oheka the original Palm Beach residence of Otto Kahn, built in 1929, which later became the Graham-Eckes School.

This Thanksgiving, we were invited to the iconic Palm Beach residence of James and Lisa Cohen, the founder of Galerie magazine.

James and Lisa Cohen, Thanksgiving 2021.
Dinner is served and the paparazzi goes wild (turkey).

Originally built for Otto Kahn in 1929, their home is called Oheka, an acronym for Otto Hermann Kahn (O-he-ka). Historian Augustus Mayhew, who has contributed many gems for Palm Beach Social Diary since 2007, has written extensively about Oheka, so we thought it would be fun to bring him along …

Oheka. Treanor & Fatio, architect. Although Otto Kahn’s North County Road property is most often associated with him, he spent only several weeks at the house in the course of two seasons before his death in 1934. Addie Kahn and her children made brief seasonal visits before Kahn’s estate sold it to Graham-Eckes. Courtesy Historical Society of Palm Beach County. (Photo courtesy of Palm Beach County Historical Society).

To read Otto Kahn’s Palm Beach by Augustus Mayhew, click HERE

Thanksgiving weekend in Palm Beach also saw the grand opening of Karen Murray’s FiveStory at the corner of Royal Poinciana and North County roads, and some special visitors including Dee & Tommy Hilfiger, Kris Jenner, Rubin Singer and Emma Holzer. A former executive at Nautilus, Karen took over the Lilly Pulitzer store on Madison Avenue just before the pandemic broke in 2020 and had a tough first year in retail. But rather than shutting down, she doubled down and opened shop in Southampton — and that made all the difference!

Now fashion lovers everywhere are clamoring for more of the fabulous emerging designers she is discovering and the reworked, sustainable and vintage clothing, jewelry, bags, shoes and other accessories FiveStory offers both in their boutiques and online.

Tommy Hilfiger and Len Lauren at the soft opening of FiveStory Palm Beach at the corner of North County and Royal Poinciana Way.
Designers Dee Ocleppo and Tommy Hilfiger with FiveStory’s Karen Murray and George Ledes. (Photos by Annie Watt)
The Dee Ocleppo Collection of handbags and footwear is now available at FiveStory Palm Beach.
Kris Jenner even popped by to see Karen’s new boutique!
Karen with emerging designer Rubin Singer and Whitney Schott.
Models Emma Holzer, granddaughter of Jane Holzer, and Devon McCready, also wearing designs by Rubin Singer.
Eleanora Kennedy with daughter Anna and granddaughter Ava.
Larry Leeds with fiancée Ginger Feuer, Jerry Politzer, and Jamie Barry.
Whitney Schott and Devon McCready with FiveStory Manager Amanda Mead.
Annie Watt with “Kool Kathy” and Orthon Prounis.

Kathy and Orthon Prounis hosted a fun Thanksgiving weekend cocktail party at their ’60’s chic apartment at the top of Worth Avenue. Guests included the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’s Meredith Marks, who also designs jewelry which she has shown at trunk shows here in Palm Beach, What2WearWhere’s Karen Klopp, Ala von Auersperg’s Trish Carroll, J. McLaughlin’s Jack Flynch, Steven LaRochelle, Michel Witmer, Melanie Seymour and David Holland, Mark Gilbertson and many others.

Kathy Prounis and pal Mark Gilbertson.
Trish Carroll, Jack Lynch, Kathy, Meredith Marks, Steven LaRochelle and Karen “KK” Klopp.

Kathy, who recently launched a blog called Kool Kathy, told us, “I feel strongly that a fast paced life shouldn’t take away your style.  Through this blog I want to inspire women to get their KOOL on and do it seamlessly so they can do more things.” For “girls who are on the go, with work, kids, husbands, boyfriends, girlfriends, partners, dogs, etc,” she hopes to give them the tips to stylize their homes, be healthy, entertain, travel and look gorgeous, while doing it all!

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