Wednesday, December 10, 2014

I"ll Drink to That by Betty Halbreich 272 pages

The title of this book makes it sound like it might be about a woman with issues with alcohol, when in fact it is about a woman who runs the personal shopping department of Bergdorf Goodman in NYC. The title refers to her raising a toast to her helping women dress well.

The author, Betty Halbreich, was a coddled wife and mother until her marriage to a serial adulterer ended.  She took time to hit rock bottom emotionally and then moved on with her life.  Being offered the job at Bergdorf gave her a place to grow into herself.

This book will be interesting to anyone who has a passion for fashion.  Halbreich’s comments on the changes that have occurred over the forty years of her employment are sharp and on target.  She dresses celebrities, wealthy clients from all over the world, and regular shoppers.  Throughout the book she stresses that she never just sells the most expensive dress or accessory just for the price.

I found this book a lot of fun to read.

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