An innovative way to keep the ballroom neat.
Photographs: Sean Turi Photography
When a pretty little clutch that Charlène von Saher brought to a charity gala went missing, she got to thinking about all the things that can go astray at such elegant functions. There are programs, auction paddles, purses, cameras, cell phones and party favors. “You walk into a room before a gala and it is stunning until the guests arrive,” says Charlène. “And then there’s all this stuff and nowhere to put it.”
When Charlène and her mother, Greenwich resident Marei von Saher, were cochairing the Bruce Museum’s Renaissance Ball a few years back, she surveyed the decked out room and had an organizational epiphany. “What if there was a pretty place to stash your stuff at the table?” she thought. The town native, local realtor and former Olympic figure skater began sketching her first rendering of her polished, practical clutter-busting solution, the galaroo. Her chic invention is a comfy, elegant seat cushion that comes with two side pockets. These discreet, roomy pockets conveniently eliminate the need to clutter a table with party accessories or stuff them under a chair where they can go missing with a stiletto’s unintentional boot.
Charlène began selling the GalaRoo online in April. Already, they have outfitted the seats at a posh party at New York’s Plaza Hotel and an intimate gathering celebrating an artist in New York. (Charlène’s family has strong ties to the art world and animal welfare charities). Charlène is hopeful her product, available in two fabrics in shades of black, white and ivory for about $20 each, will be a hit with party planners and guests alike. “They let the décor shine through. And no one can spill red wine all over your clutch bag if it’s neatly tucked away.” Visit galaroonyc.com.