Sunday, January 11, 2015

Colin Firth Golden Globes 2015: Inside The DPA Gift Suite

Kelly O'Mara | January 11, 2015 | 1:39 a.m. PST
Staff Reporter

Colin Firth was the talk of the town at the pre-Golden Globes DFA gift lounge. (Kelly O'Mara/Neon Tommy)

I would imagine that one of the most amazing things about becoming famous is that just as you can finally buy whatever you want, people won’t stop giving you things for free. In fact, I imagine it can almost become a burden—being laden down by all the stuff everyone wants to give you, in the hopes that maybe you will tweet about it, or mention it on TV, or rave over it in a magazine.
Fortunately, the DPA pre-Golden Globes gift lounge comes with people to carry all that free stuff for you.

In the penthouse of the Luxe Hotel on Rodeo Drive, the rain spoiled the view and soaked the temporary carpets on Saturday, but, it didn’t dampen the big news: whispered among the caterers and interns, Colin Firth was wandering with his wife (and his free-stuff-carrier) through the dozen tables of clothing samples, makeup bags, cupcakes, and promotional reps offering elite trips to luxury islands.

For the last ten years, Nathalie Dubois-Sissoko has run Dubois Pelin & Associates gift lounges. Retailers pay her a fee to be included and, in turn, she delivers them celebrities. The businesses come to this small set of rooms—one even flying in from Iceland—because the access might pay off. The celebrities come because, well, even celebrities can’t say no to free stuff.

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