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Post by party animal - not! on Thu Mar 19 2015, 17:42

The Evening Standard got two bites of the cherry then........


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Re: Casamigos launch in London at Selfridges March 27

Post by Donnamarie on Thu Mar 19 2015, 18:12

That "come hither" look would get my attention as I saunter over to bar, sit down and tell Randy that I'll take my Casamigos on the rocks with a splash of lime please. And call your friend George to come and join us, Please!
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Re: Casamigos launch in London at Selfridges March 27

Post by Joanna on Thu Mar 19 2015, 18:40

Ummmm.....all I'm getting is the Rande picture.
No news about Casmigos being available at
Selfridges ?

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Re: Casamigos launch in London at Selfridges March 27

Post by party animal - not! on Thu Mar 19 2015, 18:50

Okay - here's the whole thing. I hope!

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Post by mel01 on Fri Mar 20 2015, 15:34

I like this article: 

 http://www.standard.co.uk/showbiz/celebrity-news/the-best-man-rande-gerber-on-stag-nights-sharing-beach-houses-and-boysonly-bike-rides-with-george-clooney-10117130.html  

The best man: Rande Gerber on stag nights, sharing beach houses and boys-only bike rides with George Clooney



They say never go into business with your friends, but what about with your best mate? After sampling 700 different tequilas together, Rande Gerber has teamed up with his favourite drinking buddy George Clooney on a premium brand of Mexico’s finest spirit. Stephanie Rafanelli talks with Mr Cindy Crawford

On the bleach-clean shores of Malibu, the chino-clad saunter, kale juices in hand. This is where Charlize Theron takes Blue and Berkeley (a pit bull and terrier mutt, respectively) for a stroll; Tom Hanks power-walks; Halle Berry frolics in the waves with her daughter Nahla; and Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, who live in Angelina Jolie’s old house, have their heart-to-hearts. Malibu is the kind of place where one could recruit an Ultimate Frisbee team made up of Julia Roberts, Miley Cyrus, Dustin Hoffman and Sean Penn.

The discreet hideaway for an ice-cold Corona is Café Habana, all Hispanic floor tiles and vintage photos of downtown Havana, not the kind of establishment one would expect George Clooney to hold his engagement drinks at, after proposing to British-Lebanese barrister Amal Alamuddin last year. It belongs to Rande Gerber, better known internationally as Mr Cindy Crawford, and Clooney’s favourite drinking buddy. Gerber and Crawford have been Malibu stalwarts for 14 years. A sometime male model, the ‘nightlife pioneer’ (a job description favoured by his PR) and former owner of a $100m empire is credited in the US with creating the concept of the hotel bar. For 25 years, across America, from Manhattan’s Whiskey Blue and Stone Rose Lounge to LA’s Skybar, as well as outposts from Chile to Puerto Rico, these have been the nocturnal abode of the soigné.

It is unsurprising then that Café Habana has become the relaxed backyard of Gerber’s Malibu cronies. This place is a second LA home to Clooney, a regular bar-stool fixture, often to be found, drink in hand, bantering late into the night with Gerber, his best friend and business partner with whom he has launched a brand of premium tequila, originally distilled for personal consumption. The Gerber-Crawfords and the Clooney-Alamuddins are now an inseparable and genetically gifted foursome. Together they rode on the Grand Canal, in full view of the world, as a very public display of their friendship, to Clooney’s Venice nuptials last September.

I prepare myself to meet a louche playboy of supreme charisma. But when Gerber arrives he is soap-star handsome; he smells scrubbed clean and wears a pristine linen shirt. He looks suspiciously younger than his 52 years (he bikes, runs and surfs, natch). Well-mannered and softly spoken, he doesn’t come across as the guy who mainlines tequila with Clooney. They met 20 years ago, at Gerber’s New York bar Morgans: ‘He was shooting a movie there for a couple of months, which he ended up spending pretty much at the bar with me. We have a very similar sense of humour and the same outlook on life, which is: enjoy it, live it to the full while you’re still here.’ This is their common ground, Gerber says with the naughty look in his eye that lends a pregnant subtext to everything he says.

We look around the Café Habana loft that serves as the Gerber-Clooney HQ. A single wall in the pool room is plastered with photographs, an homage to their ‘buddy-hood’ and their lives as bon viveurs: a shot of the groom and best man, dishevelled in tuxedos and laughing like schoolboys; dancing in the Mexican monsoon rain; on motorbikes with matching helmets — they take an annual two-week boys-only road trip together, last year roaring through the deserts of Utah and Nevada.

A joke Mexican election flyer is emblazoned with George’s face under the single word: Obey. Then they’re on a fishing trip with Matt Damon in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, next to Bono and Malibu resident The Edge, bare-chested, adorned with floral wreaths, swigging from bottles of tequila. Sting features here, Bill Clinton there. Behind Gerber’s desk in the main room is an Arthur Elgort portrait of a twenty-something Crawford in a cowboy hat and wraparound shades, and another of her clutching her newborn son. Elsewhere hang limited-edition prints of rock’n’roll icons — Keith Richards, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison — a trademark feature of Gerber’s Whiskey locales.

He is a little reluctant to acknowledge his best-man-in-chief status: ‘Now listen, George had a whole bunch of best men. He has a close group of friends [including Matt Damon] that he’s known all his life.

I was just one of them...’ he says diplomatically. ‘You didn’t have to worry about a thing because they had already thought of it. If you wanted to go to a restaurant, the boat was there waiting. It was a big party for three days straight. We flew 100 cases of tequila in and we drank all of it,’ he chuckles. Famously, the bride and groom even curated a weekend playlist for their friends and gave every guest an iPod.

 I ask how the two couples have taken the press heat since the wedding. ‘George and Amal knew what they were getting into,’ he says carefully. ‘Such a big event in George’s life is always going to get a lot of attention. You try to not let it affect your life as much as you can control it. But do you go out as much to public events? No, you don’t. You try to stay a little bit low-key until it blows over. But they are dealing with it brilliantly. Obviously George is used to it, so he knows how it rolls. We are stealth. We have some good moves.’

The Clooney-Gerber clan spent last Christmas at their shared holiday home Casamigos (literally House of Friends in Spanish) in Cabo San Lucas, as a private extension of the hedonistic Clooney nuptials. They swam, surfed, played golf and tennis, and drank more tequila with their inner circle. ‘Amal and Cindy get on really well, they are very compatible: both strong, intelligent, committed women,’ he says. Casamigos is their private bolt hole: ‘Originally we were going to build just one big house for us, but George was single at the time and we have the family, and Cindy said: “Hmm. I don’t think that’s such a good idea. Let’s build two houses.’’ ’ He gives me a knowing look. I wonder if he was ever concerned that Clooney’s bachelordom was eternal. ‘No!’ he laughs. ‘I never worry about George!’ He continues: ‘It’s all still on one property, so it’s like breakfast at George’s place, lunch at mine. Whoever comes to stay, they’re all our joint friends, so it just feels like one big party. When the kids have friends over we say: “OK, you take the house, we are going over to George’s.” ’

The intimate ‘House of Friends’ gave its name to Casamigos tequila, which he launched with Clooney last year in the US as part of the Gerber Spirits brand (he also has a Puerto Rican rum called Caliche) after he sold his nightlife empire Gerber Group in 2010. It launches in Selfridges at the end of the month. They ‘unintentionally’ stumbled into the tequila business. The story goes like this: he and Clooney spent a lot of time drinking the stuff when they were building Casamigos in Mexico. The result: a lot of killer hangovers. They toured all the local bars to find a brand they could drink all night on the rocks without salt, lime or oesophagus burn, when finally Clooney declared, as only Clooney can: ‘Well, we’re just going to have to make our own.’ Between them, they drank 700 samples of tequila during a two-year period and, when they found the perfect blend, commissioned a master distillery in Jalisco to supply their Cabo homes. It was delivered at first in clear plastic sample bottles like moonshine.

  Then everyone went tequila crazy: ‘We were making it in secret just for our friends, but they would pass bottles on to their friends, and eventually word got out that we were making this stuff and everyone just kept asking for more bottles. We couldn’t cope with the demand. The distillery called us and said: “We’re sending you 1,000 bottles a year and we can’t keep calling it ‘samples’ any more, so either you’re selling it illegally or you’re drinking way too much,” ’ Gerber sniggers. ‘They said, “Either way we can’t keep making it unless you guys start a company.” ’ And so, to keep the supply of their alcoholic elixir, they did, with a third partner, property mogul Mike Meldman. Clooney and Gerber are now agave (the aloe-like plant from which tequila is distilled) evangelists on a mission to erase the public’s scarred memories of college tequila-drinking horror stories. So who brings what to the table? ‘George loves doing the marketing; it’s fun for him because it’s outside his comfort zone of showbusiness.’ Are you the brains? ‘George is much cleverer than I am and he knows a lot more than me. I’m too smart to talk politics with George.’

  The supply of house tequila has even fuelled some Gerber-Clooney bed-swapping. ‘We’d just started the company and George and I were celebrating downstairs at the bar. We drank a whole bottle of tequila. George lives 30 minutes from here [in the Hollywood Hills]. Normally, if he’s been drinking, he stays over at our place in our guest house down by the beach. But he didn’t even make it that far, so he crashed out at the main house,’ he says.

‘When we got in, the kids were in bed with Cindy, so I took one of their rooms and George took the guest room. Then Cindy woke up at 3am and she saw that the alarm wasn’t on. So she just checked one of the bedrooms and she saw me passed out on the bed with motorcycle boots still on and my head squashed against my phone. And she got into bed and started rubbing my back. And then I turned round, only it wasn’t me. It was George. Cindy shrieks: “Oh my God!” Then George shrieks, “Oh my God, did I get into bed with you?” Cindy came to find me and, after a few minutes, we heard a crash in the kitchen, so we go down and George has found the candy drawer and he’s just munching out, so I started pigging out, too, and we were both just hysterical. The next day at breakfast we were laughing and George said: “That’s the tequila commercial: Drink a bottle, and wake up with Cindy Crawford.” And Cindy says: “No! Drink a bottle and wake up with George Clooney.” ’ And so they re-enacted the scene.

  In addition to the sybaritic passions Gerber shares with Clooney, like Crawford, he is a master of his own brand. Born in Long Island, the son of a jeans manufacturer, Gerber studied marketing at the University of Arizona, after which he bummed around for a while, surfing his all-American college boy looks, working and travelling in Europe as a model. I press him for some photographic evidence. ‘There are plenty of embarrassing shots,’ he winces. ‘Cindy’s got them all hidden away somewhere. I had long, blond, wavy hair. It was never a career. I would only really do a job if I got to travel. I did a job in Mallorca once, and they took me to Greece for a couple of weeks.’

  On returning to New York, Gerber entered the property business and worked for such clients as Ian Schrager, owner of the Philippe Starck-designed Paramount Hotel, who was trying to lease out the guest bar in 1990. ‘In the end he said, “Look, Rande, why don’t you do it? I like your style.” ’ And with no experience, Gerber opened The Whiskey. ‘I wasn’t a party boy. I’d only been to Studio 54 a couple of times, when I was 16. I didn’t look around to see what was on offer. I knew what I wanted, to be comfortable on a couch, like the one in my apartment. No one was really doing that lounge thing at the time. I was always a design junkie. For me it was about creating an atmosphere: candlelit so everyone looks good, incense, music not too loud, the right ice, the right weight of glass.’ Gerber micromanaged every detail. ‘Cindy calls me The Princess and the Pea. She says I’m a perfectionist. She’s like, “Wow, it must be hard being you... I don’t even know how I got past your filter.” ’

   Attention to detail and discretion made up Gerber’s ethos at The Whiskey. ‘Celebrities knew they could come to my place and do whatever they wanted and know that they would never have to read about it the next day, whether it was Mick Jagger or the supermodels — it was always a good mix of people.’ He rattles the ice in a large glass of tequila. ‘It was 1990, so we often had George Michael’s ‘Freedom’ playing.’ He met that video’s star, Cindy Crawford, at The Whiskey in 1991, when her former agent, a mutual friend, set them up to attend a wedding together as she was unable to go with her then boyfriend Richard Gere — or so the story goes. They hit it off, but Crawford subsequently married Gere and Gerber went off to set up another Whiskey on Ocean Drive in the undeveloped South Beach area of Miami, sparking off a new scene. There followed The Whiskey at the Sunset Marquis and the Skybar in LA where the pair ‘reconnected’ after Gere and Crawford divorced in 1995. They married in the Bahamas in 1998.

   I wonder if he was intimidated by Crawford. ‘Cindy is the brains behind this relationship. I think her beauty is intimidating to any man. But she’s not intimidating when you meet her. She puts you at your ease naturally. She’s a small-town girl from DeKalb, Illinois. We’ve been together for almost 20 years. It really helps to have someone who is mentally stimulating as well as physically stimulating. We always give input into each other’s projects.’ As well as renovating their Malibu home in Point Dume, Crawford oversees her various brands — a skincare range, Meaningful Beauty, and Cindy Crawford Home, an interior design collection — and she has a coffee-table book coming out this autumn. ‘It’s iconic pictures of her by famous photographers and the stories behind them. Every time I walk in the house, there are pictures everywhere.’ I say their lives are as glossy and styled and as well laid-out as a coffee-table book, but he counters: ‘It is far from a perfect world. It’s all perception. But it’s a good life.’

  At this point Kaia, their 13-year-old daughter (they also have a son, Presley, 15), turns up at Café Habana with her school friends, and I can’t help feeling I’ve been teleported back to 1986. She is a petite, China-doll version of Cindy, minus the mole, and has already modelled for Young Versace and American Vogue. ‘Love you, Dad,’ she coos as she passes. Daddy’s girl, I sigh. ‘Yeah. I’m kind of the fun parent,’ he says, grinning again at how much he gets away with. ‘Cindy takes care of schooling, doctors, the home, dinner plans. I don’t discipline much. We have a convertible Jeep and we had a bunch of kids staying over last weekend and they wanted to go to the farmers’ market and I said, “Let’s all pile in the Jeep, we’ll turn the music up and cruise down Pacific Coast Highway.” Cindy wasn’t happy. She’s like: “That’s illegal, we don’t have that many seat belts.” I get it because if we got pulled over, it would be: Cindy Crawford Gets Pulled Over. Irresponsible Mother. But I did it anyway.’

  Boys will be boys. I wonder if Gerber thinks that his best friend would have a similar parenting style. ‘George would make a great dad. I don’t know if he’s going to be or not. I can’t predict that. But I’m not going to give him a man-to-man chat about it. I don’t want him to grow up. Because I don’t want to grow up either.’ ES

Rande Gerber is co-founder of Casamigos Tequila, which will launch at Selfridges on 27 March at £62.99 (selfridges.com)ly-bike-rides-with-george-clooney-10117130.html

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Re: Casamigos launch in London at Selfridges March 27

Post by Nicky80 on Fri Mar 20 2015, 20:41

Merged thread...

So on my next London trip I have to visit Selfridges Very Happy

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Post by it's me on Fri Mar 20 2015, 22:22

I don’t want him to grow up. Because I don’t want to grow up either.






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Re: Casamigos launch in London at Selfridges March 27

Post by mel01 on Sat Mar 21 2015, 06:28

it's me wrote:I don’t want him to grow up. Because I don’t want to grow up either.






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 Hmm, it really sounds like those 2 are 2 peas in a pod

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Re: Casamigos launch in London at Selfridges March 27

Post by party animal - not! on Sat Mar 21 2015, 10:30

The question is will any of the management be there?

(Combining tree planting inspection maybe?)

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Post by Joanna on Sat Mar 21 2015, 17:01

Nicky80 wrote:Merged thread...

So on my next London trip I have to visit Selfridges Very Happy


Check for a Selfridges web site shop ?

Harrods have one and I've bought inexpensive 
things from there. Especially at Christmas time.

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