Kelly Ripa & Cartier Spread the Cheer

As the city inches toward a state of depression, holiday bashes are getting canceled faster than the stock market plummets, leaving city dwellers with fewer options for communal revelry. But today, Cartier lit up Fifth Avenue with some much-needed holiday cheer as Kelly Ripa and hubby Mark Consuelos came out to host the 29th anniversary of the Cartier Holiday Bow celebration at the Cartier Mansion. Maybe New Yorkers can’t afford to fund their fancy holiday festivities, but in times of despair, it’s more important than ever to maintain old-timey traditions, right? According to Cartier exec Frederic de Narp, “important” doesn’t even begin to describe it. “It’s essential, it’s not important, its essential. Cartier was born 162 years ago. Recessions and downturns, Cartier went through so many of them, but the holiday season is the holiday season.”

“It was created thousands of years ago, and its very important to people. We’ve been here for nearly a century in this amazing mansion, so it’s our responsibility to kick off the holiday season, which we’ve been doing for 29 years. We will never forget this event, which is very cherished by New Yorkers.” In the spirit of giving, the brand unveiled a holiday card collection designed by the children of The Art of Elysium, which will donate 100 percent of profits to the charity. “Giving back to kids battling serious conditions is what we decided to do this year by partnering with Art of Elysium, which is a dear organization that we’ve been supporting for more than three years,” De Narp said. “It’s very important to give back to the community and give back to the children, especially in this moment.”

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