Hats Off To Opening Day event at Roppongi with FWSD

A fabulous event at Roppongi in La Jolla with Fashion Week San Diego capped off a great 4th of July weekend with a “Hats Off To Opening Day” Sunday Brunch.  It was part of another successful and lively summer series under the guidance of General Manager Ron Fabor.  Diners were treated to cool beats by DJ Noel at the open fire pit where two FWSD designers were featured.

Yuwei Lee from Yuwei Designs showcased her delicate jewelry made in Bali.  She talked about how she made the leap just a year ago from a corporate job to a more creative one in design.  While most designers sketch on the computer using programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, Ms Lee does it the old school way with hand sketches.  The outcome is elegant and refined pieces that compliments any outfit.

Greenpacha or “green times” is an eco-friendly and sustainable hat company.  Based in San Diego, they manufacture the designs in Ecuador where each creation is handcrafted with traditional methods in modern and classic silhouettes.  The founder Florencia Gomez Gerbi holds a strong belief in creating and living in a better world.  Two percent of the sales goes back to the weaving communities in Sig Sig, Ecuador.  Customers can soon order fun accessories to customize their Greenpacha hats for different and unique looks.

Both designers had a signature cocktail named after them.  There was the refreshing Greenpacha Cooler with vodka, cucumber and lemonade as well as the summery Yuwei-tini with lychee and sake.

The Sunday brunch menu at Roppongi features some wonderful takes on the classics by Chef Michael McDonald.  Savory dishes include the Maine lobster scramble, an eggs benedict on roasted ciabatta bread, and a delectable La Jolla cobb salad with pork belly.  The menu also offers some sweeter options with a Bread & Cie brioche French toast as well as the tasty banana macadamia nut buttermilk pancakes.

All diners got to participate in a race day raffle package which included two tickets to FWSD, a jewely piece from Yuwei, a hat from Greenpacha, and dinner for two at Roppongi.  It was an envious package for anyone to win indeed and a lovely note to end the 4th of July weekend with style and luxury.


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