A Very Tartan Holiday Fête


Step into our New York City holiday kick-off, Paint the Town Tartan.

When dreaming up the ultimate festive fête, hosted at the beginning of December, we knew it needed four key elements.



Hosting  & Toasting: Patrick Mele, Kevin McLaughlin & Tori Mellott



1. Tradition: The one, the only, the original J.McLaughlin Morris Miner car (that was parked outside our first-ever NYC store in the 1970s) made its grand re-emergence this week dressed in its finest holiday plaid, a trunk full of presents and trees, and pleasantly parked on Madison Avenue.



Beep Beep: Our original Morris Miner car parked out front.



2. Good Company: Tori Mellott and our friends at Frederic Magazine helped us gather a mix of tastemakers and New York personalities dressed in their festive best like Will Kahn of Will’s Notebook, Susanna Salk of Quintessence, Francesco Clark of  Clark’s Botanicals, Barbara McLaughlin, Edward Barsamian, F.E. Castleberry, and Mackenzie Horan.



Rockin’ Around The Garden Tree: Mackenzie Horan wears the Miris Silk Shirt, the Carter Pants, and the Raelynn Suede Clutch. Elsa Massey wears the Thom Sweater Dress, the Beatrice Suede Pumps, and the Fiona Faux Fur Handbag. Samantha Varvel wears the Hattie Pants and the Jamey Cashmere Sweater. Carly Hill wears the Leal Shirt and the Hastings Velvet Jeans.



3. Style: Patrick Mele (a recent AD 100) designed our ultimate holiday windows and entryway—decked in jewel tones, plaids, and leopard prints from Schumacher. Greenery, citrus, and festive sweets dazzled up trays and tables amongst S is for Style and J.McLaughlin’s gift picks.



Set The Scene: Patrick Mele’s holiday window dream with Schumacher fabrics and J.McLaughlin.



4. Holiday Joy: Guests sipped on sparkling wine, cider and cocoa, and tartan cookies while serenaded by carolers from the Blue Hill Troupe. Our backyard garden was also lit up by twinkling holiday trees, naturally.



Caroling On Madison Avenue with the Blue Hill Troupe.



While guests swirled glasses of holiday cheer, we all agreed, there’s no place like New York for the holidays,  and no print that says celebrate quite like tartan (in fact, there’s a playlist for that).



Kevin & Barbara McLaughlin

Francesco Clark, Alberto Mihelcic Bazzana, Candida Bazzana


Danielle Rollins & Tom D’Agostino


Edward Barsamian & Kate Klausner


Jaithan Kochar & Eddie Ross


Madeline McLaughlin & Tori Mellott


Susanna Salk & Barbara McLaughlin


F.E. Castleberry


Tori Mellot & Samantha Varvel


Micaela English, Elias Martre, Tara McCauley, Tori Mellott, Will Kahn, and Patrick Mele

Emma Bazilian, Micaela English, Tori Mellott, Sarah McLaughlin, Madeline McLaughlin


Brooke Shepard, Julia Walsh, Maggie McDonald


Patrick Mele and Madeline O’Malley


Madeline O’Malley, Lucy Bamman, Christie Grimm







Styles Worn By Guests & Friends: