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Timeline: Bergdorf Goodman Over the Years

A look back at the retailer's history, from 1894 to the present.

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1906: Edwin Goodman purchases the shop from Herman Bergdorf and moves uptown to 32 West 32nd Street.

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1894
Bergdorf & Voight, a ladies’ tailor and fur shop, is opened just above Union Square.

1901
Edwin Goodman and Herman Bergdorf open a dress atelier on Fifth Avenue at 19th Street, creating Bergdorf Goodman.
 
1906
Edwin Goodman purchases the shop from Herman Bergdorf and moves uptown to 32 West 32nd Street.

1914
Edwin Goodman moves the business to 616 Fifth Avenue, becoming the first couturier to introduce ready-to-wear.

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1928
Bergdorf’s moves uptown to Fifth Avenue and 58th Street, the former site of the Cornelius Vanderbilt Mansion. Edwin Goodman turns the penthouse into an apartment. The Goodmans, known as “the first family of fashion,” live there for more than five decades.

1935
Edwin Goodman purchases the building, spanning the entire block between 57th and 58th Streets.

1951
The Goodman family celebrates Bergdorf’s 50th anniversary with a black-tie gala at The Plaza.

1953
Edwin Goodman retires, leaving the business to his son, Andrew Goodman.

1956
Princess Grace Kelly selects her wedding invitations at Bergdorf’s.

1959
Roy Halston Frowick joins Bergdorf’s as head milliner.

1961
Jacqueline Kennedy collaborates with Diana Vreeland and Bergdorf’s fashion director Ethel Frankau to design the dress she wears to President Kennedy’s inaugural balls.

1965
Barbra Streisand sings and dances her way across the main floor of the store in the CBS television special “My Name is Barbra.”

1972
Carter Hawley Hale, owner of Neiman Marcus, buys Bergdorf’s.

1974
Ira Neimark becomes chairman and chief executive officer and embarks on a strategy to elevate Bergdorf’s to an elegant, world-class bastion of luxury labels and prestigious designer collections.

1979
Bergdorf’s one and only branch in White Plains, N.Y., shuts down five years after opening, but is converted to a Neiman Marcus, which finds success on the site.

1981
Michael Kors launches his first collection at Bergdorf’s.

1984
Miss Piggy and Joan Rivers film a segment of “The Muppets Take Manhattan” on the beauty floor. They misbehave and promptly get fired.

1987
General Cinema buys Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf’s from Carter Hawley Hale.

1990
The Bergdorf men’s store opens at 754 Fifth Avenue, across the street from the women’s store. Ira Neimark retires and Burton Tansky takes the reins of Bergdorf’s.
 
1993
Andrew Goodman dies at age 86, and his wife Nena soon thereafter moves out of the Bergdorf ninth-floor penthouse.

1997
The penthouse gets converted to a John Barrett Salon.

1999 
Harcourt General (formerly General Cinema) spins off Neiman Marcus stores, NM Direct and Bergdorf’s as a separate entity, The Neiman Marcus Group.

Bergdorf Goodman Magazine debuts. Beauty opens on the lower level, breaking a retail industry mold of housing cosmetics on main floors.

2002
Bergdorf’s creates a shoe “salon,” becoming the first upscale store to recognize the growing significance of the category.

2004
BG.com goes live.

2005
The Neiman Marcus Group goes private with a majority of the equity ownership held by Warburg Pincus and the Texas Pacific Group.

2006
Bergdorf’s reaches $500 million in sales. 5F debuts, bringing a contemporary dynamic to Bergdorf’s.

2009
“Sex and the City 2” films at Bergdorf’s — Carrie and her friends shop for wedding presents.

2010
Fashion’s Night Out celebration with live windows and appearances by Tom Ford, Victoria Beckham and Sarah Jessica Parker. Crowds stop traffic along Fifth Avenue. Fashion moves in real time: 5th/58th blog launches.

2012
Bergdorf’s celebrates 111 years.

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