Welcome to Cafe Society

Cafe Society is Maxwell Social’s weekly magazine on the intersection of community and society and the propaganda rag for Maxwell Social. If you’re interested in applying to Maxwell Social, please do so here!

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Why Cafe Society? Well, Cafe Society referred to the men and women in the 30s and 40s who gathered in fashionable cafés and restaurants in New York, Paris and London beginning in the late 19th century, often attending each other’s private dinners & balls. In the 60s the phrase came to be associated to the congregation of artists and intellectuals and coffee house talk, sociability and intellectual exchange. The first integrated nightclub in America, launched in 1938 by Barney Josephson, was called Cafe Society, and sought to provide an antidote to the stuffy norm of upper crust nightlife.

But perhaps most importantly, Cafe Society was the name of a one edition publication by our very own namesake, Elsa Maxwell, which was once described as a “foreshadowing of Vanity Fair.”

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