‘The Crown’ of the gifting suites, Nathalie Dubois’ DPA Group held its annual VIP gifting event in honor of the television industry at the Luxe Hotel on Sunset on September 17 and 18.

Debbie Allen | Photo Credit: Matthias Carette

An impressive list of stars and influencers stopped by to peruse the garden and four private luxury suites filled with the latest international brands. Those who stopped by included Shola Adewusi (Bob Hearts), Debbie Allen (2021 Emmy Governors Award Recipient), Tyra Banks (DWTS), Lucius Baston (The Underground Railroad), Pooja Batra, Victoria Blade (WandaVision), Titus Burgess, Porscha Coleman, Bianca D’Ambrosio and Chiara D’Ambrosio (The Bay), Jenna Lyng Adams (The Kominsky Method), Alexa Mansour (The Walking Dead), Masumi, Fred Melamed (WandaVision), Billy Porter (POSE), Haile Sahar (POSE), Jackie Tohn (GLOW), Celeste Thorson, Chris Van Dusen (Bridgerton creator), Jerimiah Westbrook (The Underground Railroad).

Jeremiah Westbrook, Billy Porter and Chase Dillon| Photo Credit: Claire Painchaud

“Everybody has been suffering during this past year and a half,” comments Dubois-Sissoko on the need for such events. “But people wanted to promote their brands and needed to keep going and get awareness around their products. This is the best way to do it. This is the best way to help small brands stay alive. We have in this event lots of small businesses, women-owned businesses, and black-owned businesses. This is the only platform they will get this year to express themselves.”

Jackie Tohn | Photo Credit: Matthias Carette

Luxury brands represented included Asea, Beach Sandy, Bijoux Macarons, Bowie Bites, Brush Buddies, Buttery Popcorn, Carvery Kitchen, Chipz Happen, DeMarquet, Deux Marie Cosmetics, Edith Swimwear, Fallen Stars, Fly by Jing, Geek Eyewear, Go Dash Dot, Helen Ficalora, H2O Sonoma Soft Seltzer, Klipsta, Le Taha’a by Pearl Resorts, Le Bora Bora by Pearl Resorts, My Bougie Bottle, Nora’s Naturals coffee, Omorose Cosmetics, Rinna Beauty, Sélee Shimran Books, Social Sparkling Wine, SpartiScents, State of Being affirmation candles, S1X Born candle, The Candy Pushers, The Noble Brand, Topo Chico, Ultimate Provence, Verita Couture, and ZenWTR.

Tyra Banks at Geek Eyewear | Photo Credit: Claire Painchaud

DPA also featured two charitable organizations – The Dove Project and Women Who Do Wonders.

Lucius Baston | Photo Credit: Matthias Carette

A veteran in the production of star-studded events, Nathalie Dubois, President and CEO of DPA, has proven herself to be exceptionally innovative and successful in the realm of celebrity gift suites. Originally from France, Dubois attributes her success in part to her world travels and the exotic cultural influences of the products she picks for her unique gift suites. DPA run normally luxurious and spectacular gifting suites in LA, the weeks of various award shows, but also can be seen in the biggest film festivals such as Cannes, Venice or Toronto. DPA also opened its first Asian office in Tokyo, Japan in 2017, facilitating her work with the Asian market.

Porscha Coleman in Verita Couture | Photo Credit: Claire Painchaud

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