New York strip: Cross­ing Fifth Av­enue to Bergdorf Good­man

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The al­lure of the fash­ion in­dus­try will take cen­ter stage for an in­sight­ful lec­ture by Ira Neimark who has spent more than 17 years as CEO of Bergdorf Good­man of Fifth Av­enue, New York City. Mr. Neimark has writ­ten a book Cross­ing Fifth Av­enue to Bergdorf Good­man from which he will share his ex­pe­ri­ences and lessons learned at Bergdorf where the store catered to a dis­tinct client base of fame, royalty and wealth. The in­au­gu­ral Palm Beach Lun­cheon is sched­uled for 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 4 to be held at the Colony Ho­tel in Palm Beach and it will ben­e­fit the Mu­seum of Life­style & Fash­ion His­tory.

The hon­oree for the lun­cheon is style doyenne Iris Apfel of Palm Beach. She is be­ing rec­og­nized for her great sense of style, con­tri­bu­tions to the per­pet­u­a­tion of the ed­u­ca­tional sig­nif­i­cance of fash­ion and Apfel is be­ing hon­ored for her noted in­te­rior de­sign ca­reer at the com­pany that she owned with her hus­band Carl Apfel, Old World Weavers in New York City, which is an in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed tex­tile de­sign and man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany. Dur­ing Apfel’s dis­tin­guished ca­reer at Old World Weavers, she was a part of many in­te­rior de­sign restora­tion projects in­clud­ing work at the White House un­der nine dif­fer­ent U.S. Pres­i­dents.

In 1975, Neimark be­came the first non-fam­ily mem­ber in two-gen­er­a­tions to take to the helm as the new Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Bergdorf Good­man. The em­cee for the in­au­gu­ral Palm Beach Lun­cheon is Kara Kostanich who is the re­porter/week­end news an­chor for CBS 12. The Palm Beach Lun­cheon com­mit­tee mem­bers are, to date, State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Maria L. Sach­sof the Florida House District 86; Lori J. Du­rante, Tan­isha Nunn Gary, Esq.; Robin J. King, Esq.; Elyssa Kupfer­berg and Janie Lewis.

To date, spon­sors for the Dec. 4, lec­ture lun­cheon are Her­mes of Paris and Bank of New York Mel­lon. Fi­nan­cial spon­sor­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties are still avail­able.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 561-243-2662 or email tick­ets@palm­beach­lun­cheon.org.

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