JOHN MEADOW

35, pres­i­dent, LDV Hos­pi­tal­ity, New York

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How would you de­scribe your style? Clas­sic Ital­ian with ur­bane New York char­ac­ter. I wear navy and white al­most ex­clu­sively—some­times gray, but never black. It’s all about go­ing back to the old world: LDV stands for la dolce vita, the charm­ing-life idea you get from Fellini films.

“My hus­band ran my dad’s hat com­pany. He took out a loan in Septem­ber 1970 and

died that De­cem­ber, at 47. Our house and my mother’s house were col­lat­eral. I was the only log­i­cal per­son to take over: a house­wife who didn’t know any­thing.” “Did you know I was kid­napped in 2010? I got home one day and opened up the garage door, and he

took me at gun­point. I pushed the right but­tons on the se­cu­rity

sys­tem, and the po­lice came.”

“I got an MRS. He was a typ­i­cal Ir­ish­man:

good sense of hu­mor, hard worker.”

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