Bergdorf & Voight, a ladies’ tailor and fur shop, is opened just above Union Square.
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Edwin Goodman and Herman Bergdorf open a dress atelier on Fifth Avenue at 19th Street, creating Bergdorf Goodman.
Edwin Goodman purchases the shop from Herman Bergdorf and moves uptown to 32 West 32nd Street.
Edwin Goodman moves the business to 616 Fifth Avenue, becoming the first couturier to introduce ready-to-wear.
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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.
Edwin Goodman purchases the building, spanning the entire block between 57th and 58th Streets.
The Goodman family celebrates Bergdorf’s 50th anniversary with a black-tie gala at The Plaza.
Edwin Goodman retires, leaving the business to his son, Andrew Goodman.
Princess Grace Kelly selects her wedding invitations at Bergdorf’s.
Roy Halston Frowick joins Bergdorf’s as head milliner.
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.
Barbra Streisand sings and dances her way across the main floor of the store in the CBS television special “My Name is Barbra.”
Carter Hawley Hale, owner of Neiman Marcus, buys Bergdorf’s.
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.
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.
Michael Kors launches his first collection at Bergdorf’s.
Miss Piggy and Joan Rivers film a segment of “The Muppets Take Manhattan” on the beauty floor. They misbehave and promptly get fired.
General Cinema buys Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf’s from Carter Hawley Hale.
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.
Andrew Goodman dies at age 86, and his wife Nena soon thereafter moves out of the Bergdorf ninth-floor penthouse.
The penthouse gets converted to a John Barrett Salon.
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.
Bergdorf’s creates a shoe “salon,” becoming the first upscale store to recognize the growing significance of the category.
BG.com goes live.
The Neiman Marcus Group goes private with a majority of the equity ownership held by Warburg Pincus and the Texas Pacific Group.
Bergdorf’s reaches $500 million in sales. 5F debuts, bringing a contemporary dynamic to Bergdorf’s.
“Sex and the City 2” films at Bergdorf’s — Carrie and her friends shop for wedding presents.
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.
Bergdorf’s celebrates 111 years.