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From Deal Journal
The majority of Americans, according to recent polls, may have disdain for Wall Street. But the love affair with money and power still burns strong in some circles of New York City.
At least that is what a bunch of night-club promoters and marketing executives are betting on.
Check out the Website for “Fashion Meets Finance,” a series of social mixers at Manhattan nightclubs and bars, which are exclusively available to “men of finance and women of fashion.”
Or in the words of one of the event promoters: this “is a chance for women who are looking for a guy who can provide their pre-30 retirement program…it’s all about rich guys and hot girls.”
The list of “Who’s Coming” given on the site includes a range of attendees from large Wall Street firms, including an asset manager at AIG, an “investment banker” from, and a managing director from Capital. You can list your salary next to your position at the bank, which most guests declined to do.
But there are a few exceptions, such as “Ira” from, who lists his salary as “$300,000 +”, or “Jake” from , who lists his salary as a range of “$100,000 to $149,000.” (We can’t vouch for the veracity of these names, though we wonder how firms such as Group would look upon its traders posting their names, firm and salaries on a dating site.)
Women on the list hail from companies such as Estee Lauder, Theory, Bloomingdales and Victoria Secret. The salaries appear lower than those on Wall Street, but not by that much. Apparently, the organizers take this fashion finance criteria seriously. “Kathleen” from Brooklyn College tried to attend, and it says on the Web site that she was “rejected.”
Last night’s event featured free vodka during the first hour and a runway for swimsuit modeling.
In a video on the event’s Web site, one of the promoters, Dan Reiger of Clientique Marketing, is asked whether the premise of the event is superficial. “I think New York in general is superficial,’’ Reiger says. “Everyone wants beauty, everyone wants money, everyone wants to be seen and wants to be heard and that is what we provide for them.”
Whoever said New York was one big bubble, separate from the rest of a country that is still wallowing in a recession?