‘Friends’ creator David Crane, Nathalie Dubois and Jeffrey Klarig

The queen of the celebrity gifting Nathalie Dubois, president and CEO of DPA Group,  hosted her annual pre-awards luxury gifting lounge at Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel, showcasing the latest in luxury brands and services to celebrities, media and influencers. In celebration the 25th anniversary of the hit comedy series “Friends,” Dubois also partnered with Warner Bros. Television, to feature the iconic orange sofa from the famous Central Perk set at the event, with guests also receiving special branded products from the popular ‘90s show.

Alex Borstein

Celebrities who stopped by over the three-day event included nominees and winners from past and present Emmy nominated shows, including Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), “Friends” creator David Crane, Viola Davis and Glynn Thurman (How To Get Away With Murder), Donal Logue, Catherina O’Hara (Schitt’s Creek), Adina Porter and Billy Porter (Pose).

Catherine O’Hara

Past attendees have included Catherine Deneuve, Colin Firth, Morgan Freeman, Richard Gere, Scarlet Johansson, Eva Longoria, Queen Latifah, Susan Sarandon, Sharon Stone, Charlize Theron, and many others.

Glynn Thurman

Featured at this year’s suite included Swiss timepieces by Rebellion, bespoke fashions by Madame Adassa, evening bags by De Marquet of Switzerland and Canadian jewelry designers Lisa Young Lee’s healing gemstone bracelets and Bullets N’ Beads’ bracelets and necklaces made from previously fired bullets and casings. The glamorous lifestyle expert and author Sienna Sinclaire, founder of Naughty Girl Shop, unveiled her sexy cocktail dresses, perfect for the red carpet.

Billy Porter at Madame Adassa

Viola Davis

Also featured was MSKH’z beautiful cashmere sweaters with embroidered ornaments inspired by Senegalese and Moroccan costumes. The creation of Majda Sakho, wife of French National Team footballer Mamadou Sakho, MSKH’s sales benefit the AMSAK Foundation, created by the couple to help needy children.

Other brands of note included Mystic Mama’s  healing, natural soaps, scrubs and candles with hidden crystals, Sway’s underarm detox mask, Santa Barbara’s Salt Cave Spa,  bath and body products by  Nabila k, and Fazup’s  anti-radiation patches for cell phones.  HAAS Wellness Center, also featured at DPA’s Cannes and Golden Globes suites, was on site again, gifting the spa’s signature facials and TruSculpt body shaping treatments.

Cast members of ‘The Walking Dead’ visit Haas Wellness

New this year at DPA was an all wellness area, curated by Emerald Outpost, a first-of-its-kind collection of highly curated cannabis products from Northern California. Guests were given cannabis and CBD products from Native Botanicals, Barrett Farms, Casa Humbholdt, Sunrise Mountain, Silver Dragon and Space Gem, with Rob Rodney presenting its luxurious leather storage cases.

Once again, DPA offered global travel packages to ten A-listers who received trips to Relais and Chateaux’s Le Taha’a Island Resort and Spa in French Polynesia and Soori Bali Villas & Residences that boasts one of the country’s most beautiful swimming pools.

Also represented were Truth in Hand hand analysis and palmistry by Lisa Greenfield, Topo Chico, The Carvery Kitchen that provided catering for the day, Polkatots Cupcakes, Connect with Keao, Sunny Blue, Path Water, The All Natural Face, Spicy Mo’, Chipz Happen, Four Sigmatics mushroom coffee, Sakury Cosmeceutical, Alex and Ani, The Coffee Bean and Kind snack bars.

Stepping Forward LA and The Sierra Club were this year’s featured non-profits.

“Celebrities want new and exciting products that are exotic. They don’t just want the same thing at every suite,” says Dubois.  This year, DPA definitely delivered!

*all photos courtesy of Claire Painchaud for DPA.


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