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Encyclopedia > Bergdorf Goodman
Bergdorf Goodman, Inc.
Image:Bergdorf_goodman_logo.gif
Type Department store
Founded 1899
Headquarters New York City
Industry Retail
Products Clothing, footwear, bedding, furniture, jewelry, beauty products, and housewares.
Website http://bergdorfgoodman.com/

Bergdorf Goodman is a major luxury goods department store based in Midtown, Manhattan in New York City. It is owned by Neiman Marcus. Image File history File links Bergdorf_goodman_logo. ... The interior of a typical Macys department store. ... 1899 (MDCCCXCIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Nickname: Big Apple, City that never Sleeps, Gotham Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1613 Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... Drawing of a self-service store. ... A website (or Web site) is a collection of web pages, typically common to a particular domain name or subdomain on the World Wide Web on the Internet. ... The interior of a typical Macys department store. ... View of Midtown from Empire State Building. ... Nickname: Big Apple, City that never Sleeps, Gotham Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1613 Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... Categories: Stub | Retail companies of the United States ...

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History

Begginnings

The company began in 1899 when Herman Bergdorf, an immigrant from Alsace, opened a tailor shop just above Union Square in downtown Manhattan. Edwin Goodman, an employee of Bergdorf's, purchased the store in 1906 and moved to the present location on Fifth Avenue. In 1914, Goodman became the first couturier to introduce ready-to-wear, making Bergdorf Goodman a destination for American and French fashion. The store moved to its present location at 5th Avenue and 58th Street in 1928, building its Art Deco store on the site of the William K. Vanderbilt mansion. With Goodman's son, Andrew, as president, the store opened a fur salon, developed the successful Bergdorf Goodman Number Nine perfume, and created Miss Bergdorf, a ready-to-wear line for younger customers. Edwin Goodman retired from the company in 1953. 1899 (MDCCCXCIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Location Administration Capital Strasbourg Regional President Adrien Zeller (UMP) (since 1996) Départements Bas-Rhin Haut-Rhin Arrondissements 13 Cantons 75 Communes 903 Statistics Land area1 8,280 km² Population (Ranked 14th)  - January 1, 2005 est. ... Union Square Union Square (also known as Union Square Park) is an important and historic intersection in New York City, located where Broadway and the Bowery came together in the early 19th century. ... The term Downtown Manhattan may have different meanings to different people, especially depending on what part of New York City they live in. ... 1906 (MCMVI) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Street sign at Fifth Avenue and East 57th street Fifth Avenue is a major thoroughfare in New York City. ... Year 1914 (MCMXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... This article is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Asheville City Hall. ... William Kissam Vanderbilt (December 12, 1849 – July 22, 1920) was a member of the prominent United States Vanderbilt family. ...


Downfall

The department store went through a major slump from the early 1960s to the late 1970s and even tried building branch locations, although only one was constructed in nearby White Plains, New York in 1972. This location was eventually converted to a Neiman Marcus branch store in 1981. To combat its image difficulties, the company hired Dawn Mello in 1975 as vice president of fashion. She was successful in reinvigorating the conservative store and became president in 1984. She left her post in 1989 to work for the floundering Italian fashion house Gucci, though she returned to her post as president in 1994. The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... Location of White Plains. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Categories: Stub | Retail companies of the United States ... A vice president is an officer in government or business who is next in rank below a president. ... Logo Fashion House is an American telenovela airing at 9 p. ... Gucci, or the House of Gucci, is an Italian fashion and leather goods label. ... Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States (1861-1865) The majority of this article is about heads of states. ...


Expansion

Chairman and CEO Ira Neimark expanded the women's store three times in the 1990s and in 1990, moved the men's store across the street to 745 Fifth Avenue, in the old FAO Schwartz space, to make more space for women's fashions. In 1997, the penthouse apartment on the building's seventh floor (formerly the Goodman family residence) was converted into the John Barrett Salon and Susan Ciminelli Day Spa. In 1999, the Beauty Level opened directly below the main floor, offering a luxury spa and Goodman's Café, serving lunch and afternoon tea. In 2002, Bergdorf Goodman underwent a major renovation, during which artisans and craftspeople began a dramatic restoration of the main floor of the women's store. In 2003, the store introduced new boutiques for Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, and Yves Saint Laurent. Bergdorf's competition includes other New York high-end retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York, and Bloomingdale's. A chairman is the presiding officer of a meeting, organization, committee, or other deliberative body. ... Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the job of having the ultimate executive responsibility or authority within an organization or corporation. ... Germans dancing on the Berlin Wall in late 1989, the symbol of the cold war divide falls down as the world unites in the 1990s. ... F.A.O. Schwarz is the name of a toy store chain founded in 1870 by German immigrant Frederick August Otto Schwarz in New York, New York. ... The Chanel logo. ... It has been suggested that Giorgio Armani S.p. ... Gucci, or the House of Gucci, is an Italian fashion and leather goods label. ... Yves Saint-Laurent (born August 1, 1936 in Oran, Algeria) is a French fashion designer. ... High end refers to the best and generally most expensive of a class of goods or services. ... A Saks Fifth Avenue store in Phipps Plaza, Atlanta. ... Barneys New York is a chain of specialty department stores. ... Bloomingdales is a chain of upscale American department stores owned by Federated Department Stores, which is also the parent company of Macys. ...


Trivia

  • The debut novel (2004) of New York-based fashion writer Plum Sykes is called Bergdorf Blondes.
  • Bergdorf's was mentioned in the 2006 song by Jay-Z's 30-Something in the line "My Chick Burnin' Down Bergdorf's"

Victoria Plum Sykes is a British-born fashion-writer, novelist and New York socialite. ... Bergdorf Blondes was the début novel of Plum Sykes, an English-born (in 1969) fashion writer and New York “it girl”. It was first published in the USA by Hyperion, and in Britain by Viking, in 2004. ...

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