Jeweler back in family business on Worth Avenue
On a particularly warm day last week, three women strolling down Worth Avenue were drawn into Kaufmann de Suisse by sparkling gems in the window and cool air wafting out the front door.
They were greeted inside by a slender middle-aged man who flashed a smile at one of the women hunched over the glass case admiring a lemon quartz necklace.
“Hello,” said Christopher Kaufmann with a smooth, charismatic voice. “Would you like to see that necklace?”
The women likely didn’t know the financial trouble in which Kaufmann has found himself in recent years, including allegations that he failed to pay clients hundreds of thou- sands of dollars he promised them. And the women certainly didn’t realize how strange it was that he was there.
But after fending off more than a dozen civil lawsuits and keeping at bay a Florida attorney general complaint that sought to “forever” prevent him from consigning jewelry
Christopher Kaufmann is now working at his sister Monica Kaufmann’s store, Kaufmann de Suisse, at 230 Sunrise Ave.