NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Monday, November 2, 2015, 4:00 AM
While a fashion company was throwing a swanky party for journalists at Parlor (pictured), the organizers claim someone rifled through their belongings.
Pickpockets don’t just work downtown dives.
Cops were called to an ultra-exclusive private club in the middle of the night to investigate the theft of thousands of dollars in cash and goods, [email protected] has learned.
While a fashion company was throwing a swanky party for journalists at Parlor — a members-only supper club run by a group of Harvard grads — the organizers claim someone rifled through their belongings, making off with money and more than a dozen pairs of the brand’s eyeglasses.
Lauren Kahn of DNA Public Relations, the company that was running the intimate event, tells [email protected] that staff from the club — described by New York magazine as an “impenetrable” lair for “fashion, finance, arts, and entertainment honchos” — had told her team they could store their valuables in a backroom.
But she said by the end of the night it was a different story. “I went to get my valet card (from her wallet) and realized the cash was gone and the valet card was gone. My credit cards and license had been taken out and put back in different spaces,” Kahn said, adding that she was worried the cards had been photographed.
The same had happened to two of her employees and a makeup artist she had hired to work the event. Kahn said one of the victims was so freaked out that her keys had been pilfered, she changed the locks at her apartment.
Also missing were 13 pairs of reading glasses worth around $ 100 a pop.
The NYPD confirmed to [email protected] that a 911 call came in from the club at 286 Spring St. just before midnight and officers from the First Precinct investigated the theft.
Parlor, founded by Dan Houston in 2011, reportedly has an annual membership fee of $ 1,500 plus an annual $ 1,000 bar minimum. When it opened, it sent out invitations saying, “We seek members who are intelligent, professionally ambitious, and never boring — whether in style or in conversation.”
Parlor did not respond to our request for comment.