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Prudence Designs Floral Design School

Ever since partners Arturo Quintero and Grayson Handy opened their first shop (15 years ago), they have been flooded with requests for an opportunity to learn the art of great floral design.

With the opening of our new boutique in the heart of Chelsea in Manhattan, we finally have the space to host such classes to the public. Regardless of skill level, the Prudence team will teach you the tricks of the trade to creating beautiful flower arrangements. Whether you are looking for a new career, a hobby, or simply a way to commune with nature’s gifts, our flower design class will help you develop the artist within.

The classes are held monthly each Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6pm-9pm. We intentionally keep the classes small (12 per class) to ensure personal attention from the instructors. The fee is 1,500.00 per month. This allows you 3 hours of instruction twice a week. All materials needed for the class will be included in the fee. Students will also get to take their creations home after each class.

Following the instructional portion of the class, students will be invited for coffee, tea, champagne and pastries, as we want this to be a complete social experience as well as informative.

Please call for class schedule 212-691-1356. Space is limited to max 12 students per month.
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Creative Director New York, NY
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The Team behind Prudence Designs invites you to experience the magic of unforgettable flowers. Ever since partners Arturo Quintero and Grayson Handy started Prudence Designs, they have helped hundreds of clients bedeck their homes and events with gorgeous, one-of-a-kind floral arrangements. From a simple ‘Thank you’ arrangement to a full-scale event, Prudence is a favorite of the fashion and entertainment industries for their artistic vision.

In 2008 & 2003, named Prudence Designs Best Florist in New York City. Prudence Designs was also rated in the Top Ten florists nation wide. The Knot included Prudence in their "Best of Weddings" list numerous times.

Their work has graced the pages of Vogue, New York Magazine, Modern Bride, Bridal Guide, Brides, InStyle, The Knot, Elegant Bride, Time Out New York, Lucky, House & Garden, Martha Stewart Living, Cargo, Country Living Gardner, Good Housekeeping, Victoria, Avenue, Us, Gotham, Breathe, Absolute, New York Times, New York Post and New York Daily News. They have also had features on Regis & Kelly, the Today Show “Throw's A Wedding”, Good Day New York and created Joy Behars’ “Fantasy Wedding” on The View. Prudence is also a favorite of the Latino community appearing on Telemundo and Univision.

In addition to providing a full floral service - from the simple to the extravagant, Prudence opened their “lifestyle boutique” in 1995, which features exclusive pottery, original artwork, furniture, home furnishings and accessories.

Prudence Events, a full service event production company, was launched in 2000. Headquartered in New York City, Prudence Events is the invention of creative director Grayson Handy.

Mr. Handy was Visual Director for Takashimaya before launching Prudence Designs and Events. He also held visual positions for ABC Carpet and Home and Barney’s New York,
BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University
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Grayson Handy is located in New York, NY and has the following skills: Creative Director, Author
Event / Party Planning, Education
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Creative Director

Category: Event / Party Planning
Event Types

• Benefits/Charities
• Product Launches
• Corporate Events
• Premiers
• After parties
• Weddings
• Bah-mitzvah/Bat-mitzvah
• Fashion shows
• Holiday/seasonal installations

Services Offered: Complete Event Design

• Lighting
• Staging
• Floral/Trees
• Custom tables and seating
• Custom tablecloths and furnishings
• Props – rentals

Live and Silent Auctions

Location Scouting

• Local, Interstate and International


• Choreographers/Dancers
• Performers
• Hair stylists and makeup artists
• Special effects
• Costume design
• Music – live bands, DJ’s
• Animal/Trainer rentals
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Clients include: Celebrities – Madonna, Hilary Swank, Jennifer Tilley, Joy Behar, Kelly Ripa, Katie Couric, Patricia Velasquez, Sandra Bernhard, Illeana Douglas, Faith Hill, Hugh Jackman, Patricia Field, Marci Klein, Patti Lupone, Debbie Harry, Mikhael Barishnokoff, Barbara Walters, Renee Fleming, Candice Bushnell, Jorge Posada, Rachael Ray, Robert Verdi, and Holly Hunter. Designers –Angel Sanchez, Marc Jacobs, Christopher Coleman, William Wegman, Cynthia Rowley, Carolina Herrera, Vera Wang, Michael Kors, Diane von Furstenberg, Rebecca Taylor, Zac Posen, Nanette Lapore, Tricia Foley and Ralph Lauren. Corporate – O Magazine, Barney’s New York, Liz Claiborne, 24 Seven Inc, Stila Cosmetics, Estee Lauder, Tractenberg & Co., BMG Entertainment, J.Walter Thompson, Diamond Information Center, DeBeers, amFAR, Institute of Culinary Education, Christofle, Conde Nast Publications, Cargo, GQ Magazine, The Horticultural Society, Tracy Paul & Company, Fresh Inc, American Australian Association, Gap, Victoria’s Secret, DeBeers, Eileen Fisher, Wedgwood, Waterford, Coach, St John's Knits, Cosmopolitan, EMI, Glamour, Cisneros Group, Cocoran Group, Bobbi Brown, Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Time Inc., J Crew, The MacDowell Colony, and Ford Modeling Agency.
Years Experience: 15


Category: Education
Writer and stylist for my upcoming book due out in stores Fall 2009 with Rizzoli.
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Years Experience: 15