November 22nd, 2014

On Sophie Gimbel

sophie7 PMThough she fashioned America for more than 40 years, the name Sophie Gimbel is little known today. But Gimbel was once a champion of American couture, a designer herself and the director of Salon Moderne at Saks Fifth Avenue, an exclusive haute couture boutique. Not only did Gimbel create a name for herself with her work on the cover of Vogue, she was the first American designer to make the cover of Time magazine.

Not one to keep fashion accolades all to herself, she also helped introduce American style to the likes of icons such as Schiaparelli, Vionnet, Mainbocher, and Balenciaga.

So when you see Gimbel’s name on the boutique restaurant on the second floor of Saks Fifth Avenue at the Mall at University Town Center, you’ll now know who she is. I tapped Michael Kaufman, President of Fifth Dining at Saks, for a little more insight into this fashionable femme.//CLICK here for more @SarasotaMagazine.com

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