With that goal in mind, Team Epiphany produced a karaoke night, held at the Garage in New York on October 21, featuring an influencer-heavy invite list and custom cocktails to help everyone release their inner rock stars. “Nothing requires more courage, but pays off greater dividends, than a commanding karaoke experience,” Brundage said. “And nothing, frankly, helps instill that confidence better than tequila.”
As for the plane, Jose Cuervo partnered with Air Hollywood, a set design company that specializes in aviation themes, to turn a 1,500-square-foot space in the retail lounge of Terminal 4 of John F. Kennedy International Airport into a one-of-a-kind replica airplane, which “landed” on November 6 and is open until December 30. The installation allows holiday travelers to sample the special-edition tequila (Monday through Saturday, from 2:30 to 8 p.m.).
Talaat Captan, founder and C.E.O. of Air Hollywood, explained that the brand had heard about the company’s retro dining event series, the Pan Am Experience, and approached them with the pop-up plane idea. “Everybody was sold from the beginning on the concept—an airplane lounge constructed from repurposed aircraft parts—but we worked with Jose Cuervo for several months to refine the overall floor plan and each piece’s final details…. In the end, our goal was to create a spectacular environment that would generate curiosity and bring attention to the brand.”
Even though the design company has lots of experience working on high-stress movie sets, the New York locale proved to have its own unique problems. “Working at the airport was quite a challenge due to the many logistical and security issues imposed, with good reason of course, but it really added a lot of pressure to an already intense delivery,” Captan said. “Now that we did a J.F.K. installation we feel we can do anything, anywhere!”