Susie Lehr, owner of the Susie Lehr Showroom at 231 W. 39th Street in New York, was found dead in her showroom on Monday morning. She was 52.
Details could not be learned, but Joy Ferrara, a long-time friend who is based in Los Angeles, said Lehr’s body was discovered by an employee coming into work.
“She was laying on the floor with what seemed to be a bloody nose,” Ferrara said, noting she had last spoken to Lehr at 3 p.m. (Pacific time) on Friday. “We got off the phone because she was on her way out for the weekend.”
An autopsy is scheduled for today, Ferrara said. A Police Department spokeswoman said she was unaware of any investigation.
Lehr represented contemporary brands at her showroom including Claude Brown, Secrets of Charm, Tarah Smith handbags and Kate McHale.
“Susie…went to church every Sunday and had this great outlook on life,” McHale said. “She was such an amazing mentor, an excellent teacher.”
Until opening her own showroom, Lehr was a sales manager for Leon Max before taking a position at Tracy Reese as vice president of sales. After leaving Reese, Lehr opened her own showroom.