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Hutton Wilkinson to Share Love of Design at Old Bags Luncheon®
Fourth Annual Luncheon and Designer Handbag Auction Benefits the National Cowgirl Museum’s Educational Programs
FORT WORTH, TEXAS (March 1, 2016) – The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame – the only museum in the world dedicated to honoring women of the American West who have displayed extraordinary courage in their trailblazing efforts – is pleased to announce its fourth annual Old Bags Luncheon® set for March 23, 2016, at River Crest Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, with featured guest speaker, Hutton Wilkinson.
Wilkinson was born in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in the architectural offices of his father and grandfather. At age 18, he had the opportunity to apprentice under the great American design icon, Tony Duquette, which launched his career in interior design. In 1994, Wilkinson and Duquette officially became business partners under the Tony Duquette Studios, Inc. brand. Four years later, the duo launched a collection of one-of-a-kind, fine jewelry, which has been popularly accepted by both the public and fashion press. After the passing of Duquette in 1999, Wilkinson continued to preside over the jewelry and interior design house as Creative Director and CEO of Tony Duquette, Inc.
Wilkinson is a co-author of “Tony Duquette” and author of “More is More,” as well as “Tony Duquette*Hutton Wilkinson: Jewelry.” Wilkinson is also president of the Anthony and Elizabeth Duquette Foundation for the Living Arts, and the president of the Elsie de Wolfe Foundation, as well as having served as a director of the international board of Save Venice, Inc., for 25 years. Recently, he was recognized by His Majesty, King Juan Carlos of Spain as the hereditary Fourth Count of Alastaya. Hutton and his wife Ruth live in Beverly Hills, California.
“Attendees of this year’s luncheon will have a rare opportunity to get a glimpse into the design world of Tony Duquette through Hutton Wilkinson,” said Patricia Riley, Executive Director, National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. “Attendance numbers grow for this special event each year, and we are so grateful to the community of Fort Worth for their overwhelming support.”
The Old Bags Luncheon® will begin with a silent auction of designer handbags at 11:00 a.m., followed by a luncheon and featured speaker Wilkinson beginning at noon. Brands of vintage and designer handbags to be auctioned off will include: Gucci, Bottega, Dokkim, Alexandra Knight, Tom Ford, Ralph Lauren, Armani, Prada, Hermes, Kate Spade, and more. Proceeds from the silent auction will go to the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame’s educational programs.
The event is invitation only. For more information on how you can attend, or to donate your new or gently used vintage or designer handbag, please contact Emmy Lou Prescott at email@example.com or 817-509-8965.
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About the Old Bags Luncheon®
Established in 2006, and a sellout since its inception, the Old Bags Luncheon® features silent and live auctions of new handbags, designer bags, and vintage bags donated by designers, manufacturers, retailers, and individuals. Old Bags Luncheon® is a dependable yearly source of income for non-profits. The international trademarked event is raising tens of millions of dollars and growing every year. Over 15 different charities worldwide are currently hosting Old Bags® events.
About the National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame
The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame honors and celebrates women, past and present, whose lives exemplify the courage, resilience, and independence that helped shape the American West, and fosters an appreciation of the ideals and spirit of self-reliance they inspire. The Hall of Fame’s purpose is twofold: to preserve the history and impact of western women living from the mid-1800s to present day, and to foster an appreciation for their ideals and spirit of self-reliance. These women are the legacy of legends — artists and writers, champions and competitive performers, entertainers, ranchers (stewards of land and livestock), trailblazers and pioneers. The Museum is considered an invaluable national educational resource for its exhibits, research library, rare photograph collection, and award-winning distance-learning programs for grades K-12 and adults.
Located at 1720 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76107, the Cowgirl is open Monday (Memorial Day to Labor Day) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 for children ages 3 to 12 and senior citizens (60+) and $10 for adults (ages 13+). For more information, please visit www.cowgirl.net or call 817-476-FAME (3263).