Casa Romantica’s Fashionista Charity Tribute:: The Mary Colby High Tea “Fashion Show” returns May 14th
She Traveled the World as the first American Woman Retail Buyer and on May 14th we celebrate her work. Join us as we celebrate The OC’s most coveted global buyer with an enchanting High Tea Fashion Affair – this seaside tribute hosted by Casa Romantica.
Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization and premiere southern California cultural center, invites the community to its annual Mary Colby Tea in remembrance of historic businesswoman Mary Elizabeth Colby and to support the Casa’s educational and cultural programming.
Casa Romantica hosts Mary Colby Tea each year in honor of long-time San Clemente resident and business owner Mary Colby (1914- 2008). This traditional High Tea preserves an annual gathering started by Colby during her time as owner of Mary Colby Antiques in San Clemente. In 1944, Colby became a buyer for J. W. Robinson & Co. As head of three departments, Mary made yearly trips to Europe to buy lamps, gifts, and mirrors and acquired acumen in retailing. She was the first American woman buyer in Europe after World War II. After many trips abroad and a successful career as a buyer later founded the popular “Ports of Call” stores in Pasadena and Beverly Hills. … Continue Reading