Cathy’s Marketplace brings style home

May 11th, 2011

Nadine Kam photos

Cathy Lee, left, with one of her partners in style, Kara Wagner.

Cathy Lee, president and designer of RSVPstyle introduced her latest venture, Cathy’s Marketplace, with a “Style & Substance” benefit for the American Cancer Society.

The event took place May 5 at Cathy’s new furniture emporium on the ground floor of the Varsity Building on University Avenue. It formally opened its doors May 9.

Guests enjoyed aerial acrobatics by Samadhi, music by Tahiti Rey and food from d.k Steakhouse, Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Maile’s Thai Bistro, Memoirs, Town and JJ Bistro & French Pastry, in between browsing the shop’s eclectic combination of new and consigned furnishings, home decor and objets d’art.

Cathy’s Marketplace brings RSVPstyle concepts to life in tableaus that mix old and new, giving those who’ve always been afraid of tackling their interior design issues the courage to experiment and create new spaces by blending their own favorite pieces of furniture and objects in new ways.

They welcome gently used, luxury home items on consignment, and more than just a place to shop, aim to make a visit an educational experience, inviting shoppers to stop in at their Style Center to pick up decor tips.

Cathy’s Marketplace is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Call 738-8488. A few pieces can be purchased online at

Models in hair, makeup and clothing by Santuary Salon’s Renee Jensen-Oliviera were there to represent the spirit of the home owner lounging in his/her sanctuary at the end of a long day.

Kaycee Phillips was one of the models enjoying a lychee martini on a chaise lounge.

Mihana Arden also modeled jewelry from Solitaire, a new bridal and estate jewelry concept being introduced by Dale Cripps, below, left, with Meerah and Marco Salem.

I made a beeline straight for Chef DK Kodama’s station because I was told by foodies when I arrived that he was serving his Dungeness Crab Ramen with Asian Truffle Broth, below, one of my favorite dishes at Sansei! It was just as good on the road as in the restaurant, and a good antidote for the cold, rainy evening.

Maile’s Thai Bistro was serving pad Thai along with sizzling basil beef.

Mocha cake was JJ’s dessert contribution.

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2 Responses to “Cathy’s Marketplace brings style home”

  1. Kyle Kagamida:

    Hey Nadine, just thought I’d let you know who they were wearing.

    Cathy Lee: Zac Posen top, Louis Vuitton runway pants, YSL gold wedges

    Kara: Jean Paul Gaultier Dress, Louis Vuitton Runway Shoes.

    Hope you guys like it :)

  2. Nadine Kam:

    Hi Kyle, sorry can’t see the details that well in the photo, but that Zac Posen top was especially amazing! Loved the gold hardware details!

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