Michael Gould has been chairman and chief executive officer of Bloomingdale’s for 20 years, and Frank Doroff has been along for the ride the entire time.
“Frank was my first hire a month before I came to Bloomingdale’s,” Gould recalled at The UJA-Federation of New York’s Fashion Division luncheon Tuesday at Cipriani 42nd Street. “I never thought of it as a hire. I thought of it as a blessing. Frank always gives his people the opportunity to be more than they thought they would be.”
“It was over a bowl of pasta in his backyard in L.A.,” when Gould made the offer, said Doroff, Bloomingdale’s vice chairman who was honored at the luncheon, one of the organization’s most successful, raising in excess of $850,000.
Doroff said he hesitated getting involved. “I hadn’t been very active in the organization. I thought it would be one of those deals where everyone is uncomfortable.” But he was convinced to visit the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood, which is a beneficiary member agency of UJA.
“The UJA has been supporting that Y for the last 93 years,” since when it opened, Doroff said, adding that it has housed a large number of Holocaust survivors with 100 apartments for the aged attached to the Y. “It’s given them the most important thing you can give someone, dignity. It’s like no other Y in the world. This is a cause I am now truly committed to.”
Steven B. Tanger, ceo of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc., was also honored. “He changed the whole nature of the outlet business, from dumping grounds to a chic, new channel of distribution for upscale designer brands and retailers,” said Laurence Leeds Jr. of Buckingham Capital Management.
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After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
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Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
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According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
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