On a March day in 1886, in the Austrian countryside.
A poor tailor and his wife welcomed Baby Henrietta into the world who became their pride.
Although they were poor their hearts were filled with joy,
Because now they had a little girl and a little boy.
After Henrietta’s birth, four more Kanengeiser’s came to be.
That doubled the family tree.
The Kanengeiser’s were happy in their little Austrian town.
Till a fire burned their home to the ground.
Hoping for a better life for their children, and a little good news.
Henrietta’s parents thought New York would be more accepting towards the Jews.
Henrietta sensing good luck and good fortune across the sea.
Announced, “I shall change my name to Carnegie.”
Upon arriving in America, Henrietta had little time to play.
She washed dishes and cleaned floors because the family had bills to pay.
She couldn’t sewn a straight seam.
Still a career in fashion was Henrietta’s dream.
Hattie’s education ended after sixth grade.
Yet Macy’s Department Store Became her school of trade.
At Macy’s she learned many things, she rang up sales, modeled clothes and learned how to create hats.
She was nicknamed and forever called “Hattie” after that.
Hattie and the family were told her mother was going to give birth to baby number seven.
Sadly though not long after the baby’s birth the angels took her beloved father to Heaven.
Before he was to die,
Her father asked her to watch over the family, Hattie told him that she would try.
Because his death made her so sad.
Hattie wanted so much more to follow in the footsteps of her beloved dad.
She worked so hard that she almost dropped where she stood.
Yet she moved her family to a better neighborhood.
She wanted so much to leave Macy’s after four years.
Although she appreciated them she wanted to find her own path to a new career.
She met and trusted this guy who turned out to be a fraud and a fake
He stole all the money, It took Hattie years to make.
He talked a young and naïve Hattie into releasing her bank funds.
And he disappeared into the setting sun.
Hattie didn’t have time for tears and because of her so called friend.
Had to return to Macy’s and start all over again.
Hattie learned all she could about business and got an education.
She swore she would never again be taken advantage of in her new nation.
Four year’s later she went into business again.
This time with a trusted friend.
They were in business a while
It became a success that made Hattie smile.
Yet the girls had different goals, Miss Hattie wanted to continue onward up the ladder.
To her friend it didn’t matter.
Hattie bought out her friends share of the business and they parted.
From there, Hattie’s very own business was started.
Hattie was never a fashion designer, but a teacher and fabulous editor.
Who started many trends such as the sequined dress and beaded collarless sweater.
She had fortune and fame and a nation of women thought they never looked better.
Even the fact that hems are above the knee is attributed to Hattie Carnegie.
For the modernization of fashion and many trends, Hattie was number one.
This is my poem of how her business was begun.
Written by Amy Wiggin- (Creator of Hattie-Carnegie.com)
Hattie Carnegie designed the uniforms for The Womens Army Corps for which she received The United States highest civilian honor in 1951
The Congressional Medal of Freedom, knowing this, but wanting more information I wrote to The Womens Army Corps Museum and they sent me a lot of information, about Hattie Carnegie and her many contributions to the military to help me out.
They sent me quite a bit of stuff about her, I was surprised. Included was this poem which I thought was so cute I just had to share.
I received this from the Women's Army Corps. It is a poem honoring our own Hattie for designing the WAC's uniforms.
ODE TO A NEW UNIFORM
They say I shall look pretty
Attractive and Sweet
Wearing the frock
That just can’t be beat
It’s a one piece affair of something called taupe,
Washable my friends with a little bit of soap.
I dreamed and I planned of this new design that the Summer would bring, and then would be mine.
Stacked in the depot ready for wear, the time had arrived for the ladies’ share.
They issued me four of Hattie Carnegie’s latest dream
Gone are the old days, the days of cotton, TW ‘s and khakis,but shall not be forgotten
We will always remember be thankful and keep in mind.
This brand new army, Hattie and her design.
By Virginia L.Clark
THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM
Why was Hattie given this medal?......
Here's the story it was for a couple of reasons.
Hattie helped design the "NEW" Women's Army Corp (WAC's) uniforms in 1951.
They were adopted as the offical uniform in 1952.
Also when Hattie was 14 years old in 1900.
Hattie's father decided that their poor family had more of a chance for a better life if they emigrated to America. So they left their native Austria for a new life in America.
Learn all that you can
Hattie's father encouraged his children to study American history and English as a second language which Hattie happily studied and became an American citizen. Hattie and her family were also Jewish and faced so much prejudice because of this.
Hattie lost a lot of friends and family members whom she loved dearly to the death camps when Europe was invaded. This saddened Hattie deeply and made her want to help others who needed assistance, She also supported the troops on the homefront.
Hattie helped Lucille Ball so much but she also helped many other people and was a loyal friend to many and proud of her status as an American and proud to be called An American Designer. Thus she was chosen to receive this special medal, and she was worthy to receive it. Her husband Major John Zanft was VERY PROUD of his wife as he was a WWI Veteran and that was the highest honor Hattie ever obtained.
Rose Simon, Curator of The American Style Defined Hattie Carnegie exhibit at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology
had this to say about Hattie Carnegie.
"Hattie Carnegie's name became so synonymous with exclusive fashion that she entered the language of popular culture. Lyrics of a song by Rogers and Hammerstein for the 1947 play "ALLEGRO" referred to Tiffany, Cartier and "CARNEGIE".
Advertising for SUCCESS
She was her own best advertisement, Hattie Carnegie never needed a conventional publicist. Nonetheless her widespread recognition is a testimony to her historic place in American fashion."
Hattie Carnegie was an avid opera fan and attended the opera every Monday during the season, so the song tribute meant a lot to her.
HATTIE CARNEGIE'S 110TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION-MARCH 15TH 1996
I WOULD HAVE LOVED TO HAVE ATTENDED THIS
I emailed The Museum of Fashion and Technology the other day looking to see if they could send me some additional info on Hattie Carnegie for my collection.
They emailed me back today saying that they would send me some of the information they have on Hattie, her life and career. I even offered to give a donation if they sent me some information, but they didn't ask for one.
I am going to make a donation to The Lucy-Desi Museum to support that GREAT place that has kept the memory alive of Lucy and Desi. So I guess I will do the same for a place that has kept Hattie's memory alive.
They are going to send me some information on Hattie Carnegie's birthday party and exhibit the museum had a few years ago to honor her on her 110th birthday on March 15th 1996
If they ever have another birthday celebration for her. I am going to make plans to go. I also have NEVER been to New York City.
Here is the introduction to the brochure that told the visitor about the exhibit in 1996 the Museum of Fashion and Technology in New York City held in tribute to the 110th anniversary of Hattie Carnegie's birth.
I was once asked if I had spoken to many people who remembered Hattie Carnegie
Yes, I have spoken to many people who remember her work.
I am just 35 years old myself,and my husband is 42 years old.
Yet because we have cerebral palsy we live in a building that is 85% elderly. So I know many people that are very familar with Hattie's work.
The bus driver who takes me to work on occasion. Her mother was in the WAC'S so she knew who Hattie was.
Another woman who was in the WAC'S who resides in my building had an opportunity to meet Hattie and her husband Major John Zanft at a military benefit.
The lady in my building told me that Hattie Carnegie and Major John Zanft were so cute together as he was over six feet tall and Hattie was just under five feet small. lol
Most people who live here are very familar with her because she was the top designer when they were younger.
THE FASHION CRITICS AWARD
Hattie received, The Fashion Critics award. Back in November of 1948.
I don't know that much about this award only that it is a high honor. I must conduct additional research.
THE RED LEATHER AWARD
Another award Hattie Carnegie had received which I also must conduct some research on. I guess I have some homework to do.
Somebody emailed me about Hattie receiving this particular award and I will try my best to answer their question.
HATTIE CARNEGIE IS HONORED IN THE SMITHSONIAN IN WASHINGTON D.C.
Some of Hattie Carnegie's fashions and costume jewelry pieces are featured in The Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC
Hattie Carnegie was one of only forty women honored in a currently traveling exhibition titled
"250 Years of Enterprising Women"
Honoring Early Businesswomen and Female Business Pioneers.
Hattie was the very first successful female fashion editor.
WOMEN IN CHARGE; HETTY, TO HATTIE TO HARPO
By Jane L. Levere (Compiled by Mark A. Stein)
New York Times Archives-First published March 30, 2003
Perhaps not surprisingly, two of the company presidents included in ''Enterprising Women,'' a new exhibition at the New-York Historical Society on 250 years of women in United States business, are bullish about the progress women have made and their future in corporate America.
Linda G. Alvarado, president and chief executive of Alvarado Construction Inc. in Denver and an owner of the Colorado Rockies baseball team, said she saw women now entering nontraditional areas like construction and sports ownership, which she described as ''the last bastions of male dominance.''
"Women have always had the ability; but have often lacked the opportunity, if there is not an opportunity, you must create it."
Ellen R. Gordon, president and chief operating officer of Tootsie Roll Industries and one of the first women to be president of a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, pointed to the growing number of women serving as company presidents or board members.
''I'm very excited about this progress, but it's never fast enough,'' she said.
Other women featured in the exhibition include historical figures like Hetty Green, the financier who died in 1916, and Hattie Carnegie, the clothing designer who died in 1956, as well as contemporary leaders like Meg Whitman, chief executive of eBay; Oprah Winfrey, the talk-show host who started Harpo Productions; and Martha Stewart, chief executive of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.
The show opened last week at the Historical Society on West 77th Street at Central Park, West and will travel the country.
Article appeared in TIME Magazine on Sept 17, 1951
Since the founding of their order twenty years ago, the sisters of the Roman Catholic Society of Christ Our King have worn a habit patterned after that of the Carmelite nuns. On the orders farm at Danville, Va., this has led to practical difficulties, e.g., flowing sleeves get in the way when the sisters drive their Dodge truck. Last week the tiny sisterhood (nine members) had a brand-new habit. Its designer: Manhattan's Hattie Carnegie.
Mother Teresa Loved Hattie too.......
It was Mother Teresa's idea. Top-flight fashion designer Carnegie had whipped up the WAC uniform.
Why couldn't she do a modern garb for hard-working nuns?
Hattie's solution, designed free of charge: a simple two-piece, ankle-length dress in grey wool with a gored skirt that can be turned inside out when the fabric begins to wear; a coat of heavy grey wool with a Peter Pan collar and close-fitting sleeves; a small-brimmed grey hat with deep cloche sides.
Hattie Carnegie is featured in the following books with a biographical essay............
JEWISH WOMEN IN AMERICA -vol 1 by Dennita Sewell.
and Alma A Kenney- Hattie Carnegie in NOTABLE AMERICAN WOMEN: THE MODERN PERIOD" Cambridge Harvard University Press-1980
I get a kick out of the name Dennita Sewell (SEW-WELL) IRONIC CONSIDERING HATTIE WAS FAMOUS IN THE WORLD OF FASHION
THE SPY WHO WORE RED-By Aline Griffith
THE SPY WHO WORE SILK- A second book by former Carnnegie model Aline Griffith
Hattie wrote fashion and style advice columns and readers questions in the 20's and the 30's for BOTH Vogue Magazine and Harper's Baazar.
Hattie Carnegie is featured in a children's book titled,
"A is for Abigail Adams authored by Vice President Dick Cheney's wife Lynne.
She must really admire Hattie Carnegie because she was selected to represent The Letter C
A IS FOR ABIGAIL: An Almanac of Amazing American Women
by Lynne Cheney; illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser
Simon & Schuster
Here is a review of this book
"Remember the Ladies," Abigail Adams told her husband in a 1776 letter. In fact she went so far as to warn him, "If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation." Unfortunately it was not until the 1900s before women were able to vote. Still, they found many ways to make their mark, have their say, and get their way.
Presented in the format of an alphabet book, A IS FOR ABIGAIL is a remarkable collection of stories about women who have made a difference in the history of the United States. Each beautifully illustrated, often annotated, page is packed with information and quotes. We are shown how women have been able to make a difference in various aspects of life, despite opposition. They have been fliers, artists, business people and inventors, to name only a few occupations.
Robin Preiss Glasser finds the most extraordinary ways to present this information. For example, the letter F stands for "First Ladies."
Portraits of them are shown on teacups, milk jugs, sugar bowls, coffee pots, and teapots. The women who made their mark in the press are shown on the front of a newspaper, while those ladies who gained fame as performers are shown on a stage.
By the time we close this extraordinary book we feel empowered, knowing that women have achieved so much in a world that has not always been hospitable to their successes. We should all be proud of and grateful to Lynne Cheney and her wonderful illustrator for creating such a lovely and meaningful book.
--- Reviewed by Marya Jansen-Gruber (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hattie Carnegie received The Neiman-Marcus Award in the early 1950's (Which is considered the Oscar of the fashion world.)
This award is given to individuals or stores which have made major contributions to the world of fashion and fashion design.
Even though she was almost late for the award presentation itself.
Miss Hattie always gave a most entertaining acceptance speech.
This award was first established by Stanley Marcus' son of Hurbert Marcus' the stores founder. who left Harvard Business School in 1926 only to assist with the family business. However he was soon elected to take over. Stanley Marcus' was a special guest and spoke at Hattie Carnegie's 110th birthday celebration on March 15th 1996. (He spoke about Hattie Carnegie's friendship with his father Hubert. Sadly Stanley Marcus' passed away in 2002.) The Fashion Award he founded is still highly regarded and recognized, a world renowed honor.
HATTIE CARNEGIE: AMERICAN STYLE DEFINED
FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY OF NEW YORK CITY
THE 1996 EXHIBITION WHICH CELEBRATED THE 110TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF MS. CARNEGIE
Hattie Carnegie who reigned as the undisputed fashion leader for almost three decades was celebrated with an exhibit which was titled: Hattie Carnegie: American Style Defined which was featured in the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology from (February 16th through April 27th of 1996).
Between the world wars when French Fashion reigned supreme and most designers labored in anonymity, Hattie Carnegie’s summoned up an instant image of the highest quality.
The first exhibition to honor this extraordinary woman included over 100 garments and just as many accessories.
Her shop at 49th street off of Park Avenue was once a mecca for stylish women who sought the “CARNEGIE LOOK”
Hattie’s luxurious shop with the boiserie paneled walls, exotic Coromen-del screens and glittering mirrors, complemented her elegant custom made clothing and accessories. Long before the French began pret-a-porter. Hattie Carnegie who was ever the business woman, had a high priced ready-to-wear line in her “Blue Room”
Socialites such as the Duchess of Windsor, Mrs. Randolph Hearst, and theater and movie stars such as Tallulah Bankhead, Constance Bennett, Joan Crawford, Marlene Dietrich and Gertrude Lawrence, were among her most devoted of clientele. By the time of Hattie Carnegie’s passing in 1956, she had succeeded in building her business into a multi-million dollar empire which included wholesale companies, made to order work-rooms, several factories, and her own line of costume jewelry and perfumes.
Born in Austria, Henrietta Helen Kanengeiser first came to America as a young teen with her parents and five siblings. Her first professional job in the industry was at the age of fifteen when she was able to gain a treasured job thru Macy’s Department Store, it was during her eight year tenure at Macy’s where the young girl first developed her business skills and acquired the knowledge that she would need of the fashion industry. In 1909, she decided to open up a shop and went into business with a friend, and another Macy’s co-worker, by the name of Rosie Roth. It was around this time when Hattie decided to bring herself good luck with her new shop that she would change her last name legally to Carnegie in honor of another successful immigrant whom she greatly admired by the name of Andrew. The rest of her family, followed suit and changed their name legally to Carnegie shortly after Henrietta, now known as "Hattie" had done.
Despite being the daughter of a tailor and artist, Hattie surprisingly never learned how to sew, cut nor draw patterns. She was a teacher and director to several talented designers,that included Pauline Trigere, Norman Norell, Travis Banton, Jean Louis, Claire McCardell, and Pauline Potter, later known as Rothschild. Successful actress and comedienne, Lucille Ball, was educated about proper style and grace, when she modeled Carnegie creations at the shop, and was considered Hattie's young prodigy for a few years as a teenager.
The exhibition was curated by Rose Simon of the Museum at F.I.T. included selections from the museums rich holdings, contributions from major museums across the country and overseas, and Carnegie treasures unearthed from private collectors.
Little “Carnegie Suits,” sophisticated evening dresses, military uniforms designed by Hattie Carnegie on loan from the Women’s Army Corp Museum, and a group of bridal gowns, and even a charming flower girl dress complete with a little bonnet. Photographs of the brides in their dresses were included in the exhibition. The clothing was represented in settings that evocated the high style that Hattie Carnegie promoted in her designs and within her shop. In addition, the exhibition included original design sketches,, photographs of Carnegie fashions shot for Harpers Bazaar by Louise Dahl Wolfe, and photographs and the exhibition concluded in a special way: REMEMBERING HATTIE Those closest to her, shared their memories of the Hattie they knew and loved. Guest Speakers were members of her family, former models, clients and friends.
Said, Dorothy Twining Globus, the Director of the Museum at F.I.T .Despite the tremendous impact Hattie Carnegie had on the fashion world, she remains somewhat of an enigma, and an unknown outside of the fashion world” With this exhibition they succeeded and re-examined and reintroduced a fashion icon to new generations to appreciate. They honored a remarkable woman who truly defined “American Style.”
At the time when separate fashions were necessary for specific times of day and special events-lunch, afternoon, cocktail hour, the theater and the gala_
Hattie Carnegie dressed women from “Hat and Hem” For her understated, yet classic efforts, she received many awards. The most famous includedThe Neiman-Marcus Award in 1938, and the Coty Award in 1948.
Article About the Hattie Carnegie Exhibition was featued in the Volume III, Issue 4 of The Lady's Gallery Magazine about Fashion, Culture and Antiques.
NEW MILLINERY BOOK.......Hattie Featured.
Experts on women’s hats featured at Mountainhome antique show
By Helen Yanulus
Pocono Life Writer
July 20, 2007
The hat, once the finishing touch for a fine outfit, is now a utilitarian cold-weather staple. Blame the hat's demise on women's hairstyles.
Rose Jamieson of Phillipsburg, N.J., co-author with Joanne E. Deardorff of East Stroudsburg of the guide "High Fashion Hats: 1950-1980," has been collecting and studying millinery for three decades.
"The hair really ruled the hats," Jamieson said. "The hairstyles were the important thing, and the hat makers had to go along with it."
She noted that the beauty parlor industry had a major impact. Women could get perms, color, cuts and wigs. "The hair was so important that you wanted to show the hair. It was so important that it put an end to the hat industry," Jamieson said.
Jamieson will talk about hats at 2 p.m. today during the 48th annual Mountainhome United Methodist Church Antique Show. Deardorff will also be available during the talk.
Jamieson's obsession began with a few prime specimens. "I'd see hats, look at the workmanship, and I would buy it," said Jamieson of a collection that took on a life of its own.
The authors are retired teachers who worked at Warren Hills Regional Senior High School in Washington, N.J. As a teacher, Jamieson decided that her hat collection would someday be a valuable resource for a book, and retirement was the right time to do just that. She recruited her longtime friend, who knew a thing or two about books, being the yearbook supervisor.
"I taught school home economics and could say, 'hat pins' and no one knew what I was talking about," Jamieson said. "This is history of fashion taught through hats."
Jamieson's hat collection extends from the 1840s to the 1980s, which turned out to be a bit much for a book. The publisher, Schiffer Publishing, narrowed the focus to 1950 through 1980. The better known designers of the period include Christian Dior, Hattie Carnegie, Sally Victor, Frank Olive, Oleg Cassini and Yves Saint Laurent.
The book, which retails for $29.95, came out last October and features 710 photographs. The guide helps to preserve the history and teach the art of millinery, such as how velvet embossed flowers were created using two-sided irons, and how sequins and seed beads were all hand sewn onto hats.
"When I was young, hats were individual works of art — the art of the designer and the art and craft of those who made the design," Jamieson said. "They set off an outfit. They were also an important part of being respectable. You were not dressed without a hat. You didn't go out without a hat."
It was also a big deal to get a new hat each Easter. "It was a sign of spring, and it was a rite of passage when you were old enough to get a high-fashion hat and not a child's bonnet," Jamieson said.
World War II shrank the hat due to fabric restrictions. That is why hats of the 1940s are small or remade from scraps, which went well with the boxy shoulders and strait skirts of the era.
In 1950s, Christian Dior designed dresses with a tight waist and flared skirt, which required a large hat.
Hats usually didn't get tossed but added to and updated because they were expensive. In the 1960s, an inexpensive hat could be purchased for $25, but a designer hat would be in the hundreds.
"A lot of famous designers had stores in New York. You could go and have a hat made for you," she said.
Hat styles needed to fit the hair. The 1940s hats were designed around long hair, the 1950s around cropped hair and the 1960s around big hairdos.
And, the movies influenced hats. After "Dr. Zhivago" hit the big screen in 1965, Russian-style fur hats were all the rage.
In the 1970s, knitted and crocheted hats, straw hats, revival hats all reflected the ethnic influence of the time.
Hair styles changed, but so did the social pressure to wear coordinating hats. And travel had an impact, too. Traveling on an ocean liner, where you could have several trunks, gave way to airline travel and little room for luggage, she said.
To make the book as accurate as possible, Deardorff took photographs of hats being properly worn on a mannequin. In the late 1940s and early '50s, the pillbox hats were shallow and worn forward on the head. In the 1960s, the pillbox was a deeper hat and worn on the back of the head, a la Jackie Kennedy.
Deardorff said, "I think things like this need to be documented, so it's not lost. If you don't document, other groups don't get to see it, know about it or have it in an accessible form."
Didn't really know what section to post this article in, so here goes......
Miss Nelson Has Nuptials
September 11, 1983
New York Times Archives
Elizabeth Louise Nelson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward H. Nelson of Fairfield, Conn., was married yesterday to Robert Andrew Welke, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Welke of Wyckoff, N.J. The Rev. Gary A. Ritts performed the ceremony at the Greenfield Congregational Church in Fairfield.
Barbara Jane Nelson was her sister's maid of honor.
The bridegroom's father was the best man.
The bride is marketing representative with the business systems markets division of the Eastman Kodak Company in Stamford, Conn. She graduated from Skidmore College and is a member of the Junior League of Greater Bridgeport. Her father is president of Business Development Services Inc., management consultants, and founder of Management Resource Group, a consortium of business and professional school faculty members providing educational services to industry; both concerns are based in Fairfield.
Mrs. Welke is a granddaughter of Mrs. Martin J. Ryan of Fairfield, the late Mr. Ryan, Mrs. C. Edward Nelson of Bridgeport, Conn., and the late Mr. Nelson. Mr. Ryan was president of Buckley Brothers Inc., a deepwater terminal in Bridgeport and petroleum products distribution concern that he sold to the Shell Oil Company; president of the Stratford Land and Improvement Corporation in Bridgeport, and an owner of Hattie Carnegie, the fashion store in New York, Southampton, L.I., and Palm Beach, Fla.
Mr. Welke, an alumnus of New England College, is manager of the accident and health department of the Employers Reinsurance Corporation in New York. His father is president of the General Deck Company, a steel brokerage concern in Wyckoff.
An Interesting Dream about Hattie Carnegie
Last night I had a very vivid and interesting dream featuring Hattie Carnegie.
I wanted to write it down while the details are still clear in my mind.
I also wanted to preserve it on this site.
Brian and I were in New York City. In the present time, which is interesting in itself because, I have never traveled there.
Brian is a major Red Sox fan and we were in New York because he wanted to see an important game that they were playing against the Yankees. The game was taking place in New York.
As we were riding down the street in our wheelchairs, I mentioned to Brian that I was very sad that even though I was in New York City that I would never be able to meet or talk with Hattie Carnegie.
We went around the block and I noticed a faded building just like in a dream sequence. Directly above the glass doors and the display window with all the fashions was Hattie’s famous sign.
It didn’t look real to me and I rubbed my eyes and tried to focus them, but I still saw the sign and Hattie’s brownstone.
I was kind of frightened by what I saw. It must have been an illusion, but amazingly Brian saw it too.
He saw that I was turning around to head down the street, and he said,
“Honey, This is your dream come true to see Hattie’s shop.” He added, “You will regret it if you don’t check it out.”
I asked him, “Are you coming with me?”
He was telling me what an important game he was going to miss if he accompanied me, so I let him go to the game, and reluctantly went into the building.
When I went through those glass doors, I had literally stepped back in time. It was strange because everything appeared to me as an illusion.
I could see shoppers and customers everywhere.
The ladies who shopped there were so classy and dressed beautifully and looked as if they had checkbooks with six figure sums. The most interesting thing was that I could interact with everyone customers and staff alike.
Hattie’s secretary spotted me almost immediately, and she stopped typing on her old fashioned typewriter. She was a beautiful dark haired lady, but she was simply a spirit who had once lived, but didn’t anymore at least as an earthly being.
All of Hattie’s customers and the shop appeared to me in the same way as an image that once was.
Even though she smiled at me I didn’t want to shake her hand. I uttered,
She looked at me surprised that I knew her name.
I asked again,
“You are Josephine Hughes? Aren’t you?”
I knew I would have felt foolish if she had said no, but she answered.
“Yes, I am Josephine. Did you come here to see Hattie?”
I managed to answer, “Yes, I did. Where is she?”
She pointed to a beautiful staircase that had a light gray carpet going all the way up. The handrail appeared to be solid gold.
“Her office is upstairs.” she directed me..
She soon frowned as she noticed my wheelchair, “Wouldn’t you like for me to call her downstairs.”
I said, “That’s okay,”
I was getting more courageous,
“I really want to see the upstairs, May I leave my chair here?”
She answered, “Of course you can dear.”
Then she shouted to a mechanic, “Has the elevator been repaired yet?”
The mechanic informed her that it was now repaired, but I elected to walk with my crutches and took the elevator to the top floor.
On the top floor there were several offices for designers and salespeople and even offices for Hattie’s siblings who were employees of the company.
At the end of the hallway there was a beautiful spacious office with big windows and a balcony off of it. On the door that was open, I noticed in big gold letters it spelled out
Her office had a tan carpet, and matching curtains and paneling and appeared much as it does in Hattie’s picture on the main page on the website.
Hattie was sitting with her back to me in one of those chairs that appeared to have wheels. When she heard the tap of my crutches, she turned around in the chair to face me. She was a spirit, but she was very beautiful. Her hair was pure white and her head was full of curls, She was wearing thick glasses, but quickly removed them almost like she was ashamed to wear them. Her eyes were very blue. She was wearing her famous “Little Carnegie Suit” which was a shade of tan, almost in color coordination with her office.
She was wearing her beloved three strand pearl necklace and she had a little turtle with a topaz shell much like the turtle in my personal collection. I was in awe of her.
She was working with some silk fabric, it was a shade of light pink, but she stopped what she was doing and stood up and walked toward me. I could see that she was a spirit, but she was interacting with me. Even with her heels on she was so tiny and cute. The top of her head came up to my chin. She extended her right hand to me. Her nails were beautifully manicured. In her left hand she held some fabric scissors. I took a deep breath and hesitated before shaking her hand. I also noticed her beautiful but unusual wedding ring. It was an oversized pearl encircled by diamonds. She most definitely adored pearls.
“She questioned, “Dear, why do you look like I’m going to hurt you>”
I nervously asked, “Ms. Carnegie, Why am I seeing you?” I thought you were in Heaven.”
She said, “I am very much alive, and laughed.
I asked, “What year is this?”
She looked shocked by my question and replied, “It’s 1928.”
When she told me that I was beginning to become nervous again, and told her.
“I’m sorry, but I have to go now.”
Hattie looked like her feelings had been hurt by my comment and her eyes looked as if she was going to begin to cry.
She commented, “I thought you wanted to be here” It was almost as if she knew who I was. She said, “Why don’t you stay?”
At that moment she noticed my crutches. “That reminds me,” she walked back to her desk and blew out the candlesticks that were on her desk and removed them from the holders. She wrapped up each of the candlestick holders carefully in a silk fabric and proceeded to place them in her desk drawer. The holders were adorable little bluebirds.
“May I ask, Why do you want to put those away, Ms. Carnegie, they are so cute?.”
“Lucille asked me to please remove my candlesticks from my office because birds frighten her.
Hattie told me the story about when Lucille was a little girl, her father died of typhoid fever at the very moment when she was told that he had died, that a crow had flown in the window and a picture fell off the wall and that scarred her for life. Hattie added sadly, “I also lost my father so I understand.”
Hattie took some cigarettes out of her desk, “Do you smoke?” she offered me a cigarette and put the open pack within my reach as she lit a match and burned herself. She swore in German.
I declined and said, “No thank you.”
She struggled to light another match, but was again unsuccessful.
Hattie had an Austrian accent, which made her frustration comical as well as her comments,
“I knew I should have lit this cigarette, before I blew out that damn candle.”
She shouted with obvious impatience in her voice, “What the Hell!” and threw it away in a nearby can without lighting it.
Hattie seemed eager to give me the grand tour of her shop.
“Can you walk, Amy?” She inquired. I never remembered stating my name to her and never questioned how she knew it.
I was happy to see that she was concerned of my welfare, but answered. “I’m fine, Ms. Carnegie.”
“Please call me Hattie.” She instructed me.
She introduced me to all the models. They were all beautiful, one in particular though stood out. She was beautiful and wearing a black polka-dotted dress with a lacy type of collar and she was wearing some gold jewelry. She was platinum blonde, just like Hattie. She also had blue eyes and her hair was fashioned in a 1920’s bobbed style. I could see that she was wearing orthopedic shoes with a metal insert and they looked very uncomfortable, and she struggled to get around on crutches and was in obvious pain.
“Lucy?” I asked. She was surprised at the mention of the nickname, but quickly corrected me. “Lucille” she stated.
I was very excited to be in her presence, she was confused by my behavior, but she politely welcomed me.
I asked her a few questions about modeling while disabled and she told me that this job was secondary she really wanted to be an actress and was in acting school, but
Bette Davis was the star pupil and the school told her mother she should go home and that she hadn’t any acting talent, so her pursuits were a waste.
She told me she would be an actress if she hadn’t gotten sick. She had recently been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and she was taking part in an experimental drug treatment to combat her pain and Lucille told me that she was going to walk again and head out to Hollywood. She wanted to be in musicals, but she had to dance. Hattie had modified her employment and she saw this as her way to stay in New York and obtain experience. I mentioned, I Love Lucy and she looked confused so I said,
“Oh never mind, but you are very determined and you will be very famous one day.
she smiled at me and said, “I certainly hope so” she paused and added,
“Thank you Amy.”
Hattie was giving instructions, so she turned her attention away from and focused it on Hattie.
"Which one of us is the bride in the upcoming show?" I could hear one of the girls yell in her direction.
“Lucille” Hattie yelled in response.
Lucille is so impressive” I told Hattie.
“Yes, she is a good girl, even though she makes my ulcer hurt.”
I followed Hattie and when she introduced me to some of the designers, she offered a little biography of each designer and I was saying their names before she finished the biography.
This time she inquired, “How do you know so much about my life?”
I mentioned my website forgetting the fact that I had gone back in time.
“What is a website?” she asked.
I explained with much difficulty that it was a sort of a book on a computer.
That didn’t help because her next question was you guessed it.
“What’s a computer?”
I tried to think 1920’s lingo in a language that she would understand.
“It’s like a movie screen, with a typewriter Hattie, but much smaller. They are also interconnected. It’s so amazing, it enables you to talk with people all over the world.”
Hattie was not impressed, “You can do that with a telephone, besides interacting on a tiny box is impossible, Where are the computer poles?”
I was glad that Hattie thought I was crazy, so I wouldn’t have to explain that one.
She did have to add an additional comment before we changed the subject.
She gave her opinion.
“Besides those poles are so unattractive. I don’t want one in my house.
What use would it be to me. I already have a coat rack.”
I laughed and she glanced at her watch. It was late. I had been there all afternoon.
“Thank you so much Hattie. I took up so much of your time already.”
“I had Josephine contact Brian, you can stay with us for a few days, and I will show you both around New York City.”
I was so pleased by her offer and accepted. I was going to get to see
The minute we walked out of the shop , the entire New York City surroundings had changed they now looked like they would have appeared in the late 1920’s.
Hattie told me she lived around the corner.
“Can you walk it?” she asked.
“I think so Hattie.”
Her house was beautiful and I could see she collected “imported china” just as I had read and noticed that she had many gold leaf antiques in her house. It looked like a museum, so neat and perfect. I was afraid to touch anything. She also had a phonograph and an impressive collection of records.
“Do you like Opera? Alma Gluck and I grew up together. She is my best friend."
I could see she was disappointed that I didn’t share her love of opera music.
“You probably like the swing music, that my models like. Personally I think it’s nothing but a racket.”
I noticed that Hattie was not the least bit shy about stating her opinions.
This is when I got my eras mixed up. Somehow in my dream the fact that Hattie had never owned a television stood out.
Television wasn’t around in the 1920’s, but I dreamt about it anyhow.
I asked, “Hattie why don’t you have a television set?”
“Those are just a fad, Amy. Television will never replace the movies or the theater.”
“Hattie, you can watch movies on television.”
That comment angered Hattie. She yelled at me.
“If that television comes to be all my theater friends will be out of work.” She continued. “That would include my husband. He is the vice president of the Fox Theater."
Stressing her opinion further. "Don’t you know that television screen looks like s**t.”
I informed her that the quality would improve and that Lucille’s future husband would one day revolutionize television.
Lucille would be the First Lady of Television.
"My Lucille, No Way!"
Hattie wasn’t buying it. She could just see Broadway going under and people she loved being unemployed.
“I’m sorry, I upset you Hattie. Why don’t we just drop the subject.”
I was saved at that moment because Hattie’s husband walked through the door.
Hattie kissed him, and then introduced me to him.
I thought they were the cutest couple that I had ever seen, Major John Zanft was over six feet tall and Hattie was only a tiny four feet nine inches tall.
Major Zanft said to me. “I heard that you and Brian are staying with us for a few days, so we can show you the city. That’s great even though he's a Red Sox Fan."
Hattie stated, “John and I were just married ourselves only 2 months ago.”
“What year is it?” I inquired again.
“1928!” they answered in unison.
Judging by the comment my dream was set in October 1928.
It was getting late, so Hattie told me that we could stay in the guest room and that Madeline, her housekeeper would prepare it for us.
Madeline was an immigrant from Paris.
Hattie gave me her topaz turtle pin. "I want you to have this."
All of a sudden the turtle wasn't an image, but appeared real to me.
I said, “ Thanks for everything. Have a nice night.”
My alarm buzzed and that was the end of my dream.
It was so neat and seemed so real it was like I had actually visited and talked with Hattie Carnegie.
Once a Jewish-dominated industry
Story by Victor Wishna
From Jewish News.Com
Date of Article: January 6th 2006
— New York: I’ve walked past the substantial bronze statue on Manhattan’s Seventh Avenue dozens of times, stopping maybe once to smile at the massive man hunched over an enormous sewing machine and note the equally outsized yarmulke on his head. It’s a pretty well-known fact that the clothing industry was once the shmatte trade; that here and elsewhere, Jewish garment workshops were as common as Korean delis, Greek diners, or Chinese laundries. Most people give it only a passing thought n in my case, literally.
But a new exhibition by the Yeshiva University Museum at the Center for Jewish History makes the case that the thousands of workers, innovators, and entrepreneurs who comprised this Jew ish-dominated industry wove together not just shirts and dresses, but the very fabric of American life.
It’s impossible to understand this country’s history without realizing the role of the fashion business, explains Gabriel Goldstein, curator of “A Perfect Fit: The Garment Industry and American Jewry, 1860-1960,” which opened to the public last week.
“The idea that you are defined by the clothes you wear is something of an American idea,” says Goldstein, himself looking quite dapper in a tailored suit, colorful floral tie, close-cropped beard, and black knit kipah. But, he points out, the garment industry also helped define how Americans worked and thought of work, encouraged the evolution of gender roles and the labor movement, and even shaped the structure of the Jewish community.
The demographic story told here is familiar, but it has never been conveyed with such palpable details, through a collection that is part archive n films, photographs, documents n and part fashion show, with more than 100 full-size mannequins decked out in everything from evening gowns to rhinestone-studded cowboy shirts.
It begins in the mid-19th century, when German and Central European Jewish immigrants, with their skills as tailors and “textile middlemen,” arrived just as the sewing machine and the Civil War propelled American garment production into mass manufacture. (Fechheimer Brothers opened in Cincinnati, from where it could produce uniforms for North and South. The company later recreated gray and blue army tunics for nostalgic families (the first throwback jerseys). Peddlers canvassed the nation, some developing new clothing to meet demands of a new American life. An early pair of Levi Strauss’s 501 jeans, circa 1890, looks as though it might still be on sale today.
Decades later, Eastern European immigrants powered the garment trades, where Lower East Side sweatshops became not only symbols of struggle, but centers of social connection and entrepreneurship. A worker who saved and bought three sewing machines and hired three friends could turn his tenement into a “manufacturing center.”
But, as Goldstein points out, the business was New York-driven but hardly New York-specific. The section “A Tale of Six Cities” also includes New York’s five liveliest sisters in the industry (Philadelphia, Baltimore, Rochester, Cincinnati, and Chicago), where Jewish firms flourished, including Hickey-Freeman and Hart, Schaffner & Marx.
After World War I, the West Coast n where many Jews with garment-industry origins had migrated, some to start movie studios n rose as a center of both film and fashion. With glitzy designers like Adrian (born Gilbert Adrian Greenburg), the California clothing industry, inspired by Hollywood, began to have a pronounced influence on American tastes.
When World War II erupted, Jewish clothiers responded as they had a century before, churning out uniforms and supplies. The exhibit includes the offerings of one Sephardi-owned firm, which switched from silk underwear to parachutes.
Beyond tracing trends, though, “A Perfect Fit” examines the impact of Jewish traditions, including the perpetual striving for social justice. Not surprisingly, Jews formed a founding pillar of the labor movement. They filled the roles of managers, workers, activists, and even mediators. The most famous mediator was Louis Brandeis, who established the “Protocols of Peace” to calm 65,000 striking suit-makers.
The exhibit includes a black mourning ribbon worn by members after the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, reflecting some of the unions’ eventual achievements: safety standards, minimum wage, collective negotiation.
The long tradition of women involved in business (often so their husbands had time to study Torah) may help explain a Jewish “advantage” in the industry, with wives, sisters, and mothers often keeping the books, running the stores, and eventually establishing their own labels. One display, for example, honors Nettie Rosenstein, Hattie Carnegie, and Sally Milgrim as matriarchs of American fashion. By the time Mamie Eisenhower donned a Nettie Rosenstein gown for her husband’s 1953 inaugural balls (and carried a handbag by Rosenstein’s protégé Judith Lieber), the influence of Jewish women designers was undeniable.
So, too, was the effect of the industry on American Jewish life. Goldstein only half-jokes how, for much of the 20th century the American Jewish calendar was marked not only by Rosh Hashanah and Passover, but also by buyers’ weeks and the new season’s inventory.
Furthermore, unlike other industries, the garment trade provided a setting in which Jews could comfortably identify as Jews, while still achieving economic mobility. They, in turn, utilized their economic gains to support the community n another proud Jewish tradition.
Ultimately, organizations like the UJA-Federation would have their own clothing-industry divisions, but one of the more touching artifacts is an early invitation to a turn-of-the-20th-century charitable Purim Ball, sponsored by a small menswear company.
The show ends in 1960, Goldstein explains, because soon thereafter, many long-standing truths about the industry began to change. American workshops gave way to international production centers, and family businesses disappeared into big multinationals. At many once-Jewish-owned labels, only the names remain.
As visitors leave the last gallery, they are asked to add their own story to the narrative via computers set to the museum’s website (www.yumuseum.org). “We think almost everyone will have a connection regardless of background,” Goldstein says, whether it’s Irish or Jamaican relatives who worked in the industry or memories of a first suit bought at a department store.
I remember, now, that my own grandfather in Kansas City started out as a sewing-machine operator at the men’s cap company owned by his future father-in-law (nu, he married the bookkeeper). Perhaps he sat hunched over like the man in the statue before going on to bigger and better things n his own start in the sports-apparel business. And I recall meeting admired family friends like Sol Stolowy, a Warsaw-born refugee who became President Harry Truman’s personal tailor.
To say the garment industry, therefore, links me, my family, my neighbors to the annals of American history might be a bit of a stretch. But my walks down Seventh Avenue take on a little more meaning.
I see the common thread.
Victor Wishna lives and writes in New York City. He can be reached at LetterFromNY@juno.com
Hattie Carnegie-Credited in Internet Movie Database
Costume and Wardrobe Department:
- Born to Be Bad (1950) (costumes: Joan Fontaine)
- The Secret Fury (1950) (gowns: Claudette Colbert)
Actress Joan Fontaine was a Loyal Hattie Carnegie Shopper and Friend.
Hattie Carnegie Born to be Bad Credit........Joan Fontaine Wardrobe.
Hattie Carnegie-Credited in Internet Broadway Database
||Dates of Production
Costume Design by Hattie Carnegie
|Jan 2, 1951 - Apr 21, 1951
Costume Design by Hattie Carnegie
|Feb 20, 1948 - Mar 13, 1948
Gowns by Hattie Carnegie
|Nov 14, 1945 - Sep 13, 1947
Costume Design by Hattie Carnegie
|Feb 6, 1945 - Jul 7, 1945
Women's clothes by Hattie Carnegie
|Oct 4, 1944 - May 12, 1945
Gowns Designed by Hattie Carnegie
|Feb 27, 1943 - May 15, 1943
Gowns Designed by Hattie Carnegie
|Sep 2, 1941 - May 30, 1942
Gowns Designed by Hattie Carnegie
|Jan 23, 1941 - Jun 15, 1941
Miss Gillmore's and Miss Maricle's gowns by Hattie Carnegie
|Nov 25, 1933 - Jan 1934
I thought that this brooch deserved a place of special honor
CONGRATULATIONS TO JAN OF EDGEWATER VINTAGE
This Sept issue of Harper's Bazaar has again published one of the items from my Ruby Lane shop.
The item is a stunning Hattie Carnegie brooch!
Have a great weekend!
Hattie Carnegie Music Video Tribute-Uptown Girl by Billy Joel
I LOVE THIS PHOTOGRAPH......HATTIE LOOKED SO PROUD
BELOW- FASHION EDITOR HATTIE RECEIVED THE COTY AWARD FOR FASHION ON THE 4TH OF NOVEMBER, 1948
FROM THE GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK-MAJOR JOHN ZANFT (AT RIGHT)
Jean Louis Profile
* Films in Bold Air on TCM
by Lorraine LoBianco Designer Jean Louis
If you hear the name Rita Hayworth, what image comes to mind? Probably a beautiful woman in a strapless black satin gown and long black gloves singing "Put the Blame on Mame" in the film Gilda (1946). Marilyn Monroe - the flesh-colored sequined gown she wore while she breathlessly sang "Happy Birthday Mr. President" to John F. Kennedy in Madison Square Garden shortly before her death in 1962. Doris Day and her sharp wardrobe in Pillow Talk (1959). If you are old enough to remember The Loretta Young Show, you'll recall that every week Young would swirl through her door in a new dress. All of these were created by one man - designer Jean Louis.
Born in Paris, France on October 5, 1907, Jean Louis Berthault attended design school and after his graduation, worked for the fashion House of Agnes-Drecoll. While vacationing in New York in 1935 a friend suggested that he show his sketches to high-end New York designers. One of those he approached was Hattie Carnegie. Although she didn't have an opening at her company, she was impressed with his skill. A few years later she hired him and he remained with her in an executive position until 1944.
Joan Cohn, wife of Columbia Pictures studio chief Harry Cohn, was known for her good taste and her stylish New York clothes. She knew quality when she saw it, and she saw it in Jean Louis, who had designed many pieces of her personal wardrobe at Hattie Carnegie. In 1944, she suggested to her husband that he bring Louis to Columbia to design costumes. When an offer was made to be assistant to the legendary designer Travis Banton, Louis quit Hattie Carnegie and took the train west to Hollywood. Under Banton's tutelage, Louis learned the differences between designing for "real-life" and designing for the movies. He proved to be a good pupil because when Banton eventually left Columbia for Universal Studios, Jean Louis became Head Designer and his film credit read "Gowns by Jean Louis". He took for his assistant another Hattie Carnegie designer, James Galanos.
The key to Jean Louis' success was the simplicity and the elegance of the cut of the gowns, which would make them as modern today as they were decades ago. During his thirty year career in films he worked with some of the most beautiful women in Hollywood, like Lana Turner ( Madame X, 1966), Rita Hayworth (Tonight and Every Night, 1945), Judy Holliday (The Solid Gold Cadillac, 1956) and Kim Novak (Bell, Book and Candle, 1959) in most of their films during their contracts at Columbia. He was nominated for an Academy Award fifteen times for his work in films like Pal Joey (1957), Born Yesterday (1950), From Here to Eternity (1953), A Star Is Born (1954), Gambit (1966), It Should Happen to You (1954), and Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967). His only win was for the costumes he designed for Judy Holliday in The Solid Gold Cadillac (1956).
In the 1950s he began to design costumes for television. Between 1953 and 1961, he created fifty-two dresses for Loretta Young to wear on her Loretta Young Show. Women would tune in each week just to see what she was wearing.
Jean Louis left Columbia Pictures in 1958 and like his mentor Travis Banton, he went to Universal Studios for a few years and then worked on a freelance basis. Following in the footsteps of another mentor, Hattie Carnegie, he also opened his own salon and ready-to-wear line "Jean Louis, Inc." When Marlene Dietrich began her nightclub career she hired Jean Louis to design dresses that, from a distance, made her appear as if she were wearing sequins and beads against her bare skin. In reality, Louis helped Dietrich in her battle against gravity by creating special foundation garments and by dying silk soufflé fabric to exactly match her skin tone. He would also use this same technique for Marilyn Monroe's "Happy Birthday Mr. President" gown. When the gown was auctioned off by Christie's in 1999, it was described as a size 5 champagne silk soufflé gown with more than 6,000 beads. Nancy Valentino, senior vice president of marketing at Christie's, said, "It was impossible for her to wear undergarments with this kind of dress," Valentino says. "She was literally sewn into it, and I think what's interesting is she wanted it to be so close-fitting that it was cut to her body and actually measured to her body." The dress would eventually be sold for $1.26 million dollars.
Jean Louis made his last film in 1973. He and his wife of thirty years, Maggy, lived in Santa Barbara until her death in 1987. He then moved to Palm Springs and married his long-time friend and companion Loretta Young in 1993 and stayed with her until his death, at the age of 89, in 1997. People magazine called him "the answer to many a movie star's prayer". Carol Channing, for whom he had designed gowns for Thoroughly Modern Millie, said Jean Louis "loved each one of us...He saw us as perfect the way God made us." Another famous designer, Bob Mackie, summed it up nicely: "He understood what ladies should look like."
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People Weekly; 5/12/1997
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Hattie Carnegie was born Henrietta Kanengeiser in Vienna, moved to America and borrowed the steel king's name before diving into fashion.
No one could accuse Henrietta Kanengeiser of thinking small.
Before her first fashion job, the Austrian immigrant changed her name to Hattie Carnegie in admiration of wealthy Andrew Carnegie.
"It was a tribute to someone who she really upheld," Nancy Deihl, director of New York University's master's program in costume studies, told IBD. "It was also a career move, about becoming American, but also becoming a prominent American. It was kind of canny and sweet at the same time."
Carnegie (1889-1956) couldn't sew, cut or sketch.
Yet her fashion and business savvy enabled her to turn a hat shop into a wholesale and retail clothing and accessory empire that set the standard for American high fashion for three decades.
The tiny woman from the shadow of Europe's Alps adapted French haute couture for American tastes, helped establish fashion as a major American industry and helped turn New York City into the world's fashion capital.
She trained superstars Norman Norell and Jean Louis and clothed Hollywood's Joan Crawford and Marlene Dietrich for their films.
A tireless worker, she showed that a woman could successfully run a major company in a fiercely competitive business in an era when men called the shots.
- Her clothing company set the pace for American style for three decades.
- Overcame: Poverty as an Austrian immigrant.
- Lesson: The fashion business is more about the latter than the former.
- "A woman should feel so at ease in her clothes that she can forget all about them.''
America The Beautiful
"We have the loveliest women in the world in this county, and wherever there are beautiful women there will be beautiful clothes," Carnegie once said. "To show the American woman ... to (her) best advantage — that has always been my aim, and that is my real biography."
Carnegie was born the second of seven children in Vienna. After a fire destroyed their home, her father, Isaac, moved the family to New York in 1892.
Isaac died when Hattie was 13. That forced her to quit school and help support her family with work in the millinery.
"Her deal was millinery. She love hats," said Sheryl Farnan Leipzig, apparel and textiles program coordinator at Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City, Mo.
In 1909, with friend Rose Roth, she opened a shop called Carnegie-Ladies Hatter. Roth made dresses; Carnegie designed hats and took care of customers.
"Her father had tailoring skills, but Hattie wanted nothing to do with that," said Leipzig. "Tailoring was not a glamorous profession. Neither was dressmaking. She wanted to be the boss. The boss didn't always get to be the creative one. The boss hires the right people to execute all the creative work."
A model displays the Carnegie Look, which the company boss styled after many visits to Paris. Hattie-Carnegie.info View Enlarged Image
In 1913, Carnegie and Roth incorporated with $100,000 in capital — worth $2.3 million today — and moved to New York's fashionable Riverside Drive. After World War I ended in 1918, Carnegie bought out her partner and founded Hattie Carnegie Inc., becoming president and the major stockholder.
Carnegie imported French designs, produced custom style and sold other designers' ready-to-wear outfits. She also sold accessories, perfume, chiffon handkerchiefs, silk hose and cosmetics.
By the late 1940s, her firm consisted of the retail shop in New York, two resort shops, two wholesale businesses and several factories.
At its high point, Carnegie Inc. was a $10 million empire.
"She never shied away from business, which is crucial," Deihl said. "She was very much about the business. She was very proud of her successful immigrant business story.''
Added Leipzig: "Even though we think of her as a fashion designer, she loved retail. Retail was a lot different than it is now. Stores were decked out like palaces then. They created this royal-like environment to get women in the shop. She sold like crazy.''
Carnegie's career began at a time when Americans looked almost entirely to France for direction on high fashion. In 1919 she made her first trip to Paris; over the next two decades she made as many as seven trips a year to the French capital.
Rather than copy Paris fashion, she became a great interpreter of French high style. Blending that country's cutting-edge clothing with an American desire for comfort, she developed a sophisticated style called the Carnegie Look.
"At these fashion shows she'd say, 'I can take this idea and make it into something much more marketable for Americans.' She re-imagined the idea into something customers could really use," Leipzig said. "Her business genius was in knowing her customer and giving it to her in a fresh, imaginative way.
"(In the 1920s) American designers were ramping up with a great deal of originality and with a manufacturing system not matched anywhere. They were really able to generate clothing for the needs of American women — we were a bigger country, we had the automobile, we were very sportslike, we were writing our own story. And Carnegie was able to take French fashion and make it clean, crisp and American."
Describing Carnegie's work, the 1988 edition of "Who's Who in Fashion'' declared: "Sophisticated, never faddy or extreme. . .. Beautiful fabrics and excellent workmanship were hallmarks; anything but the best was abhorrent to her."
By 1929, Carnegie's annual sales had reached $3.5 million — worth $46 million now. Then came the Depression, which dragged down rich Americans to the point where they couldn't afford Carnegie's original designs. Adapting to the new market, she added a modestly priced, ready-to-wear line of clothing that became the most lucrative part of her business. "She really knew the taste of the minute. She had a very keen sense of the market,'' Leipzig said.
Looking Cool In Hollywood
Passionate about style, Carnegie made sure even her casual clothing had a touch of elegance. Her outfits were a big hit in California, where those starlets wore them in the movies.
Not only did Carnegie make her name with elegant clothes, but she also trained a generation of designers. Norell, Louis and Claire McCardell learned the craft under Carnegie, who had an eye for gathering talented people and bringing out their best to create her look.
"Her business was an incubator," Deihl said.
Carnegie never sat down at a sewing machine or picked up a sketch pad. Her deal was the big picture, in spite of her label as a designer.
"She didn't have the mechanical skills (sewing, cutting, sketching). Yet that's how she built her career: as a tastemaker, almost as a creative director," Deihl said. "Even in fashion today a lot of people rely on the technical expertise of others. One of the important things about Hattie Carnegie is that she kind of set that up. She was a pioneer in that in the American fashion industry."
In 1948, Carnegie received the coveted American Fashion Critics Award, sponsored by the cosmetics and perfume company Coty, for her "distinguished contribution to the long-range development of good taste in dress in America."
When she died at age 76, Carnegie's business was worth $8 million, or $66 million today.
Her empire started teetering in the 1960s as the youth culture found her clothing a turnoff.
The retail outlet closed in 1965, but the company continued to produce jewelry, hats and accessories.
The business finally closed in 1976, ending an unusually long run by fashion standards.
"She was very ambitious," Leipzig said. "She took the name Carnegie because that was the wealthiest family. She was trading on that image a bit. But after a (brief apprenticeship), she just said: 'I know enough: I'm going to go out and start my own thing.' And she did."
A model displays the Carnegie Look, which the company boss styled after many visits to Paris. Hattie-Carnegie.info
A model displays the Carnegie Look, which the company boss styled after visits to Paris. Hattie-Carnegie.info
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That almost never happened even when they made love. They usually cuddled for a while then just went to sleep on their respective sides of the bed. John wanted to hold Hattie a little while longer, but she was still sound asleep, and he had a lot to do that day. He was going to be busy all week as a matter of fact. It was their Tenth Wedding Anniversary this week. John had talked Hattie into taking the next two weeks off to celebrate this special time. Hattie was everything to him, his PAST AND PRESENT!- http://www.pastandpresentjewelry.com/
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that he purchased was going to be named Four Winds Ranch. John thought and hoped that Hattie would refer to it as their castle when she saw it.
The home was beautiful, and situated on 160 acres of land. Ten rooms total, it was a mini mansion.
Despite their incredible wealth Hattie and John had never owned a home before. Why should they?
An apartment was fine, it was actually a seven room luxury apartment situated in a prime location on Fifth Avenue God had never blessed them with children of their own, so there was plenty of room for themselves, Madeline, their live in housekeeper, and their two toy poodles Onyx and Opal.
John thought they needed a place close by, but far enough away, meaning as long as Hattie was in New York, she kept her mind on the clock worrying about the business. He wanted her to relax.
He selected a ranch home in Rumson, New Jersey, in the little suburb of Red Bank, it was perfect. It was close yet far enough away that she could not stop in on a whim.
The morning sun was trying to stream through the curtains. John knew it was time to get up and get moving, then he realized he couldn’t Hattie was sound asleep on his arm.
“Belle a` Coeur!” - http://www.bctreasuretrove.com/
he said to her, as he gently lifted her body to free his arm. She turned her body, and moved onto her side. He let her sleep, took a shower and got dressed.
When he finished showering and dressing he opened the bedroom door. Opal ran into the room, and made her way to the bed and jumped up on the bed, next to Hattie. John made his way downstairs to the kitchen and almost tripped on Onyx as he slept on the bottom step.
Madeline was downstairs working in the kitchen. John greeted her, “Madeline, I told you that you could take the day off today, I am going to make muffins for Hattie and me.”
“You’re going to make breakfast?” she stated with surprise.
“I decided to make homemade apple muffins for Hattie.” He replied.
“Have we GOT MILK- (PLEASE NOTE- THE NAME GOT MILK GLASS HAS BEEN CHANGED TO THE SNAP DRAGON'S LAIR.)
for her coffee?” he then asked.
“Not only that, plates, silverware and glasses!” Madeline joked. “Do you know your way around the kitchen Major Zanft?”
Cooking and baking was always a challenge for John. He was gifted in many different venues. He was a jack of all trades, but he could barely boil water, so Hattie and Madeline loved to kid him about his lack of culinary skills.
“I can stay and help you?” She politely offered.
John declined, and told her to enjoy her day.
When he brought her breakfast upstairs, Hattie had just gotten out of the bathtub, she loved to soak in a bubble bath. She was even known to conduct business meetings in her bubble bath. She was so eccentric.
Hattie chose a pretty pink blouse with those little seed pearls to wear with black slacks.
John had told her to dress casual today. She even wore flats instead of heels, but even causal looked great on Hattie
“THE PINK LADY!”- http://www.thepinkladycollection.com/
Hattie laughed, and they kissed each other.
Apple muffins and they are actually good. Even if they hadn’t turned out well, she wasn’t going to tell him otherwise, but they were actually good.
What a wonderful way to spend Sunday, Hattie thought. If only every day could be SUNDAY AND SUNDAY - http://www.sundayandsunday.com/
and Sunday. It actually made her glad to be on vacation.
Hattie looked through A JEWELRY CHEST- http://www.ajewelrychest.com/
VINTAGE TREASURES 4-U would be a great name for a jewelry company.
With great VINTAGE JEWELS 4-U
What should I accessorize my outfit with? I am LOST IN JEWELRY https://twitter.com/lostinjewelry Decisions....decisions......decisions......
Hattie thought as she claimed her beloved pearls, John instructed her not to wear them, she was puzzled, because he selected them especially for her,
They were her favorite, an example of JEWELAGE PERFECTION
http://www.ebay.com/sch/jewelagejewelry/m.html?_ipg&_from&_nkw&_armrs=1&_sop=10 but she decided not to ask the reason. It did make her wonder where they were going though.
She took her new hat with her. It was a brand new hat from MADGE’S HATBOX. http://www.etsy.com/shop/MadgesHatBox/
Sometimes she liked to buy items from brand new shops to help them out. She remembered when she first started out. Plus she loved this hat. It was black with a pink satin ribbon. It matched perfectly with her outfit, and would keep the sun out of her eyes.
They made their way down the stairs. Hattie picked up both dogs one in each arm. John grabbed the car keys and locked the apartment door behind them.
Hattie noticed luggage was already loaded in the back of the car. The shiny black 1926 Dodge car was given to Hattie in appreciation. She was the Dodge Cars and Trucks official spokeswoman. She loved that car, so reliable. She liked the company too. So much so that when Dodge approached her, she continued to be their spokeswoman when asked to reprise the role and signed another contract.
When they crossed the state line into New Jersey, she didn’t ask any questions. She just hoped that John didn’t see the new golf clubs that she threw in the back when he wasn’t looking.
Hattie spied an old schoolhouse on Middleton-Lincroft Road. “Reminds me of our one room school back in Austria,” She reminisced.
A few moments later John stopped the car.
WELCOME TO THE FOUR WINDS RANCH! He announced.
Happy Tenth Anniversary!
Hattie looked sad. “All, I got you was new golf clubs, John.”
” Hattie, Hattie, Hattie. “ John replied. “Now, I can practice, and maybe I will beat you eventually.”
“That is what I got when Rosie Roth and I first started out renting out of a building owned by a golf pro, endless lessons, and a set of golf clubs that are almost bigger than me…….but I did develop a love and a talent for the game.”
“Wow, is this all our land, my sweet Major?”
“All of the one hundred and sixty acres!”
“VINTAGE MEADOWS!”- http://www.etsy.com/shop/vintagejewelrymeadow
Hattie was getting elated.
“No, this ranch is named Four Winds!”
“You named our ranch after my perfume?”
“It’s your home, Sweetheart!” John picked her up and spun her around.
The dogs tilted their heads and stared at them. They were confused by this human behavior.
“Our Home, Major!” Hattie corrected.
“Our Home!” he echoed. Not bothering to put her down he carried her into the house.
They kissed. The dogs yelped. They were jealous.
“It’s furnished.” Hattie noticed as she looked around.
Yes, this house needs to be Early American.” but if you don’t like it……I guess…….”
She stopped him mid sentence, “No John, I love it..... I really do.” Early American-
ULTIMATE ADOREMENTS and all.- http://www.ultimateadornment.com/
“I had to buy the furniture, cannot ship the furnishing all the way across the Atlantic from our Paris apartment, and I didn’t want you to think our New York apartment was slowly being robbed.” That is your SHOWCASE ANTIQUE CENTER http://www.showcaseantiques.com/ I definitely don’t want anybody stealing all of your TRINKETS AND TREASURES
Hattie raced around the house. She was glad for once that she had worn flats.
“The kitchen, will this be the CRANBERRY MANOR- http://www.cranberry-manor.com/
Or will it be the Apple Manor?”
“Apple Manor” John said. “That is if I don’t burn the kitchen down before Madeline gets here. “ I certainly hope those apple trees that I ordered arrive!”
“We are going to have apple trees?” You’re too much John. What about Madeline?”
“She arrives tomorrow night with more of our belongings we are here for the next two weeks. I am happy to have talked you into this vacation. Josephine is coming with her for the weekend because she wants to see the new home.”
Josephine is going to bring by some items for you, like your CAYBETH COLLECTIBLES http://stores.ebay.com/Caybeth-Collectibles
Josephine was Hattie’s secretary. She knew as much about the business as Hattie…….sometimes more Hattie admitted.
I hope that Mandy Mitchell and Victoria James will assist her with the fashion shows next week. She could always depend on Mandy and Victoria.” http://www.rubylane.com/shop/vjdesigns
ERIN BUFFALINE volunteered to send out the invitations to the show. She is very dependable http://www.pinterest.com/erinbyrnebuff/
“Hattie, your girls are a joy, so motivated, talented and mature “I wouldn’t worry about them, now those boys, I work with are another story. They are BARBARIANS,
I am so thankful for a break from that place.
John was the director of the Elmira Reformatory in New York. He truly wanted to help the kids. He cared about their futures, and didn’t want to see them in an adult prison. He actually had some success stories, and those success stories, as they got older and matured thanked him for saving them later in life.
He was tough as nails with those kids. He considered them barbarians, but the Major was THE GREAT BARBARIAN, at least to them. http://www.etsy.com/shop/greatbarbarian
Hattie’s employees on the other hand, loved the Major. They had him wrapped around their fingers. Hattie often wished that she could have given John, a daughter, but they were surrogate parents to many young people who loved and respected them. John would have loved a son too, but he adored their nieces. She would have guessed that he would have especially wanted a daughter.
That thought had jogged Hattie’s memory, “I have a new girl starting next week. She wants a career in design. Her name is Yolanda. Josephine will have to show her the ropes.”
She had an impressive resume Yolanda used to work NONA’s OF ALEXANDRA
Hattie thought that name sounded so classy and very much like royalty.
The sun was beginning to set John had told her that tonight it was going to be possible to view VENUS http://www.rubylane.com/shop/venusvintage in the night sky.
The stars glowed like VINTAGE JEWELS http://www.etsy.com/shop/JanesVintageJewels/
They both loved looking at the sky, when the moon was glow it was a very CLERESTORIAL experience just like a direct window to Heaven. http://www.clerestorial.com/
Hattie was a JEWEL SEEKER, http://www.etsy.com/shop/thejewelseeker/ the best jewels were the stars on a clear night slowly transforming to the rays of sunshine that would begin the day a new. As the sun went down John popped open a bottle of champagne. This was going to be a beautiful two weeks. She loved that man so much. Just like Eve was a part of ADAM’S RIB. http://imageevent.com/themanyfacesofselro/thefacesofselro;jsessionid=hmda1v2847.eagle_s She knew John was a part of her heart. She had known this since she was sixteen years old. This was the best decade of her life.
“Nothing is better than VINTAGE JEWELRY TREASURES http://www.vintagejewelrytreasures.com/
and champagne. Hattie toasted as she raised her glass.”
“Nothing, “John questioned.
“Well maybe one thing!” she teased.
The next day, Hattie said to John. Let’s have a party, we have so many friends and this beautiful ranch house and all this land. Let’s host something fun. We are invited to all these grand functions and hardly get a chance to host anything.
“What do you mean Hattie, you’re always hosting something?”
Hattie and John were both extremely busy, and even when they spent time with friends, it was often because of work protocol, business meetings or for their own individual interests. Hattie hosted hundreds of fashion shows and events through the year. She attended the opera every Monday night, organized afternoon tea parties with the ladies, as well as her Thursday night card game.
John attended events for Great War Veterans. He authored an entertainment column three times a week, was the Vice President of Fox Theatres, plus his job as director of the reformatory.
“We will host this together
“Okay, he agreed. “When is our party?”
“I understand that it is the Jewish Sabbath, but I think that G-d would forgive us……..Saturday!”
“We better start making phone calls then.
“Telephone call to Vogue. http://www.etsy.com/shop/VogueVille/
John laughed. “All of the ladies will be dressed like PEACOCKS http://www.rubylane.com/shop/apeacockboutique/
with JEWELS AND FINERY.” http://www.jewelsandfinery.co.uk/ “John, I want this to be different, this will be a party for our friends, I really don’t want the press involved.”
Hattie normally loved everything to be formal and very organized. This time, she wanted to just have fun. Yes, she would still spend hours on her hair and makeup. She will make sure her clothes are perfect and all her jewels will have the WRIGHT GLITZ, http://www.rubylane.com/shop/wrightglitz but she was more relaxed. This was the reason for the ranch.
Taking another tour around this AGED AND OPULENT http://www.agedandopulentjewelry.com/ home.
The living room and the dining room were connected with matching carpeting throughout. The living room had a fireplace and a patio leading to the outside and the grounds.
All five bathrooms had gold faucets, huge tubs and showers. Four of the bedrooms including the master bedroom each had their own private baths.
“John, this is ABOVE AND BEYOND!-
Do we really need five bedrooms?”
He started counting, our room, Madeline’s room, two guest rooms, and a den. I will need a place to sleep when we fight, or when those dogs kick me out of the bed.”
“I’m serious Hattie, those hounds are so tiny, you would never know it though, because they have to stretch out and take up our entire bed and the blankets too. It’s like a TEN DOG NIGHT-http://stores.ebay.com/Ten-Dog-Night?_rdc=1 every night, and last time, I counted we only had two dogs!”
“They’re my babies, John!”
“Oh, I know it, and does Opal, really have to have a ruby collar? Is her name Opal or RUBY LANE. A ruby collar, that is THE QUEEN JEWELS for certain.” http://www.etsy.com/shop/Jewelboy
“John, now you know I named her Opal because of her white fur. Onyx got his name because of his black fur. You know those collars are only made with FAUX JEWELS-”
“Hattie, John kidded his wife, your next project will be a DOG JEWELRY MUSEUM!”
“Yes, that jewelry will be WORN TO PERFECTION!” Hattie answered.
“The perfect name would have to be BOO BEAR BAUBLES, because everybody has a Boo Bear that they love.”- http://www.rubylane.com/shop/boobearsbaubles
“What about for those female clients who play golf like you, how about “BANGLE CADDIES, or Hattie’s Caddies.”
“John, I never wear a bracelet while swinging a golf club. It is counterproductive. Besides it might damage the bracelet.
I just thought of another benefit to having all those bedrooms. She continued, “We can have all those babies come to visit like Rose’s grandson Michael. Claire is so proud of him.
Shoshana must come to visit. Herman is equally proud of her. I love when he brings her by to visit.” John and Hattie both agreed.
Miss Shoshana, is such a sweet little thing and so full of energy. She would love to run and play on this ranch. She loves Onyx and Opal so much. Just imagine how much that little lady would love to ride horses. She seems to love animals a lot.
“Get the ice cream ready Uncle John. They love those big bowls of ice cream. They are definitely our kids.”
They both laughed. What a great excuse to have ice cream and candy in the house.
“What should we stock up on for candy. I saw a wonderful place on the drive here called CALICO CANDY http://www.etsy.com/shop/calicocandys… How about. MILKY WAYS, http://www.milkywayjewels.com/
Lolli-POPS and Jelly Beans. http://www.etsy.com/shop/popgoesmyvintage
“Hattie, your sisters mentioned that they would like to help with the gardening, your sister Rose, she wants you to call her and set up a time that is good for you.
“Yes, OUR VINTAGE ROSE- http://www.rubylane.com/shop/kjwshopping
She always loves a good GARDEN PARTY. http://www.costumejewel.com/
Rose loves flowers, especially any type of lily. Her name is Rose, but the lily is her favorite flower.
“Hattie recalled, John, do you remember how much Lucille used to love lilacs. They were her favorite flower.
A sea of LAVENDER GARDENS http://www.rubylane.com/shop/lavendergardens was directly outside of her bedroom window in honor of her grandmother. I am so proud of her for following her dreams out there in Hollywood.
” She is shooting a new movie this week, John informed Hattie. “Lucille Ball Appears in her First Starring Role!”
“Is the movie a drama?” Hattie guessed.
“You’re way off Hattie, it is a comedy!” When I saw her in Hollywood last week, she wanted me to tell you, but I got sidetracked with this house closing, and I forgot to tell you”
“A comedy, and Lucille Ball, sort of fits doesn’t it. John said, that young lady kept us entertained with her antics!”
“Yes, she gave me an ulcer once a week, Hattie recalled. We used to argue because I didn’t think she took her job seriously, but apparently she did. She gave me an ulcer at least once a week, and I fired her at least once a week. We mixed like oil and water. I loved that girl though, and I know that you and Herman especially adored Lucille. “That is because you were so much alike that you clashed.” John added. The movie is called, Affairs of Annabel, and will be a four part series.”
“I guess that a trip to the movies with be in the works when we return. I want to see her movie.”
Hattie and John thought that Lucille would have been perfect for New York, and Broadway.
Hattie thought that she should have stayed.on the East Coast. Lucille’s aspirations were for Hollywood. She had a dream, and Hattie didn’t want to interfere. She recalled that Mr. Strauss allowed her to leave Macy’s Department Store for her dream, so she did the same for Lucille. The dreams were different, but the same.
Speaking of dreams, Hattie noticed when they were driving that a lot of ladies around this area owned their own little shops Hattie really LOVES JEWELS, http://www.rubylane.com/shop/loves-jewels
ANTIQUES AND COLLECIBLES, http://www.rubylane.com/shop/elainesjewelry Business was slowly becoming a woman's domain. She looked out the window and spotted
ALLISON'S ANTIQUES http://www.allisonsantiquesfl.com/, KATHY'S VINTAGE, http://www.pinterest.com/kathysjewels/kathys-vintage-on-etsy/
JULIE'S VINTAGE http://www.etsy.com/shop/JulieVintageBoutique JUDY'S GEMS. http://www.rubylane.com/shop/judysgems
What a great place to be, if you are a Jewel Huntress, or a DEAL HUNTRESS http://www.etsy.com/shop/thedealhuntress
For all the ladies that had a VINTAGE AFFLICTION http://www.rubylane.com/shop/vintageaffliction this is by far the best medicine.
LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE LADIES!
She couldn’t help but take notice of some of the more unique and unusual names of the shops out in the country. It was a true ANTIQUES AVENUE http://www.antiquesavenue.co.uk/
She noticed two shops in particular, VINTAGE JEWELRY ONLINE http://www.vintagejewelryonline.com/
and ANTIQUING ONLINE http://www.antiquingonline.com/
“John, what do you suppose online means?” Hattie asked again, but John was concentrating on the road at the time, and tuned out her question.
“Oh, I get it. She piped up excitedly, “those shops must take orders by telephone or telegraph!” Hattie thought she was pretty clever figuring out what online meant.
John inquired, “What did you say Hattie?”
She resigned herself……..MEN!
Party planning kept the couple busy. There was so much to do. They decided to rent tents in case the weather decided NOT to cooperate, so the guests could have a choice to sit inside or outside. It was an open house, so she wasn’t going to deny them entrance to the home.
She even decided to hire a jazz band for the event. Hattie really wasn’t a jazz fan, but her young employees loved it. She allowed them to play the latest music in her shop, when there wasn’t a fashion show going, on because if it made them motivated to work and be productive that was a good thing.
JEWELS AND ALL THAT JAZZ http://www.jewelsandallthatjazz.com/
I want this party to be a grand mixture a BIJOUX of class, but also a lot of fun. http://www.etsy.com/shop/betsysbijoux/
“The kids are always trying to get us to go to these jazz clubs with them. I keep trying to tell them that I would feel so silly being there. I am fifty-two years old. I do love to watch them dance though.
“I think it would be fun, as long as it is at a private party. I wouldn’t mind learning these NEW dances.”
“Me either. Hattie responded. I still prefer and LOVE THE OLD STUFF. http://www.rubylane.com/shop/loveoldstuff
John concurred, “They can teach us how to RHUMBA http://antiques.tace.com/vendors/rhumba.html
and we can show them the Viennese Waltz, different generations can learn from each and have a lot of fun.
“A caterer is a must, and some fancy foods, like escargot, and lets also have shrimp and lobster for all of our guests that don’t keep kosher, and kosher selections for those of us who do.
“They shouted in unison, Chinese food.”
“How about having various food stations? John suggested, “That way people have options, if they want to sample a specific kind of food they can try it.”
“Prohibition is over, we can have beer, wine, and mixed drinks and we won’t even risk getting thrown in jail for it.” Hattie was so happy that unreasonable law was repealed.
“Well, if we are going to have all this food, we should go shopping.”
“Alright, let me get my purse.” Hattie grabbed her purse, and sifted through it. “I bought this purse at THAT PURSE PLACE.” http://www.rubylane.com/shop/thatpurseplace/
Hattie remembered her early days, and loved to give little shops her business. Shop owners were pleased to see her venture inside knowing that if she liked them, that a recommendation from Hattie Carnegie was more than worth it’s weight in gold.
They were about to leave when the phone rang. Hattie picked up the receiver it was Herman. Herman informed her that everyone was looking forward to the party. He also told her that Anna wanted to tell about a great business opportunity.
Herman gave the phone to Anna. “Yes!” she was curious what her sister-in-law had to say about a business opportunity.
Anna told her about this little shop, The STONE RIDGE EMPORIUM http://www.rubylane.com/shop/tsr-emporium
Anna continued, “They have some wonderful items there, I got this beautiful keychain there. I thought that you might speak with the owner about a possibly of selling a collection there. ANNA’S VINTAGE JEWELRY http://www.annasvintagejewelry.com/
She was also given a message to telephone Melinda Lewis. She was an expert on costume jewelry, and also wrote books about famous designers.
The day of the party arrived. Hattie was dressed fairly causally, but looked beautiful. She had selected a dark purple summer dress, with a lovely floral print with blue and pink flowers. Her shoes were also dark purple. She chose an interesting brooch a little bumblebee on an amethyst flower. BEETIQUE http://www.etsy.com/shop/Beetique/
John was also wearing a dark purple shirt. It looked like it had ANTIQUE BUTTONS. http://www.goantiques.com/
His black dress pants matched the black stripes in the bumblebee brooch that Hattie was wearing, John never even noticed. Men don’t notice things like that, but Hattie did.
John was six feet four inches tall. He had dark hair, brown eyes, and had an olive complexion. Hattie could not have looked any different if she tried. The teeny tiny lady did not even reach five feet in height. She was barely ninety pounds, and she had blonde hair, blue years and a fair complexion.
Everyone agreed that if they had been blessed with children, that child would have been beautiful. However nobody could venture to guess with one of them the child would favor. The combination of their features would have been interesting and very attractive.
Hattie and John stood by the door, greeting their guests. Wow some of these people they felt like they hadn’t seen in one million JULY’S http://www.etsy.com/shop/julyfly
Hattie received a lot of complements on her bumblebee brooch. She was a real Gem Diva. http://www.ebay.com/sch/gemdiva64/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=
They hugged and kissed their friends, and all of a sudden the years that passed literally melted away. They were TIMELESS, http://www.jltimelessjewelry.com/ it was as if time just stopped it was almost like they saw them just YESTERDAY. http://www.yesterdaysjewels.com/
They were in for a surprise when Lucille Ball came through the door. They hugged and kissed her, but they were shocked. “Lucille, what are you doing here? Are you really here or are you an ILLUSION? http://www.illusionjewels.com/
“Well, she started, “I was in New York promoting my latest movie, Five Came Back, and if I didn’t stop and see you, I was going to cry……..WAA LAA!!!!” she imitated. http://www.etsy.com/shop/waalaa
Everyone standing around within earshot laughed.
Just then Hattie noticed Lucille’s ankle. “Oh my, what happened?”
“It’s a walking cast, back in March we went to an ice skating rink to promote Five Came Back, and I slipped and fell.”
“I know you don’t work for me anymore, but I still worry about you.”
“No wonder, I always refer to you as my surrogate mother. Hattie, I am fine, it’s almost healed.”
Herman, Anne, Toni and Violet were standing behind Hattie and John. When Lucille saw them she gave hugs to all of them.
“I need to speak with those brothers of mine……..Herman, Toni!!!!” Why didn’t you tell me that Lucille was in town this week?”
“We wanted to, be she wanted it to be a surprise.” Toni told her.
John spoke to Lucille, “I am very pleased that you’re doing so well out there in California, and getting movie roles.”
“It isn’t easy, Major.” She admitted. “The studio does seem to like me, and I am getting steady work, but stardom is a slow process, just going on auditions, and when you aren’t going on auditions waiting for the phone to ring.
He advised her, “Sometimes it is the FINEST THINGS in life, that take the longest to achieve. http://www.rubylane.com/shop/myfinestthings
The crowd outside was beginning to shout, “Hattie, Major, Hattie, Major!!!” over and over again.
“It looks like they want us outside,” he said, as he placed his arm around his wife.
They walked toward the voices, and when they stepped outside everybody cheered.
“Show us the waltz!” select people shouted.
“And if my sister slips, don’t forget to KATCHER!” http://www.everyplaceisell.com/cgi-bin/ep/ep.pl?S&&XkrGXGOrra&R
That was Herman, he was always teasing her. They had a sibling rivalry, but loved each other
Hattie was very self conscious dancing, mostly because John was well over a foot taller than she, but the crowd clapped. She loved it when John held her. It was those JOYFUL PLACES http://www.joyfulvintagejewelry.com/ the special moments in time, that truly made life worth living.
The couple was a vision of ENCHANTMENT http://vintagecostumejewels.com/ and looked
PRETTY SNAZZY http://www.prettysnazzy.com/ on the dance floor according to their guests. Although the dance floor was the patio Hattie felt so blessed like she had just reached the RAINBOW’S END http://www.rubylane.com/shop/linnscollectionatrainbowsend
This party was way PAST PERFECTION http://www.pastperfection.com/ Everyone was having a GREAT time, including herself and John.
When the dance was over John went over to greet another guest. Hattie walked over to get some RC cola
RC ANTIQUES http://www.rubylane.com/shop/rcantiques
I am too old for this, she thought to herself. Based upon my age, I could be a GRAMMA. http://www.etsy.com/shop/FunkyGramma
I will soon start storing things in the ATTIC http://www.atticshoppe.com// like my mother.
She thought again, maybe not though, because I do enjoy displaying MY GRAND VINTAGE FINERY http://www.etsy.com/shop/GrandVintageFinery/ and I would have quite the GRANNY'S JEWELRY BOX http://www.grannysjewelrybox.com/
Her designers in the jewelry department approached her,
it was LOUISA MAY (Website Link Needed Please.), SHARON, http://www.ebay.com/sch/simply_sharon/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=
and CAROL http://imageevent.com/xcarolleex;jsessionid=fx08ft8p32.frog_s
“Hello Ladies, you all look so glamorous today. GET GLAM http://verabattemarco.com/
JEWELS AND MY GIRLS!” https://plus.google.com/110953078342200652212/posts
“Thank you,” the girls blushed.
Sharon commented, “What a band, where did you find them?”
“The band management is RED ART PRODUCTIONS. http://www.etsy.com/shop/redsartjewelry/
She passed her a business card.
People also loved the food saying it was and I quote
“It is very ECLECTIC http://www.eclecticvintage.com/
An LUMINOUS BIJOUX http://www.pinterest.com/luminousbijoux/luminous-bijoux-vintage-jewelry/ of cuisine
from various countries of the world. Whatever is LEFIA
over we will have have to send home with the guests
Barbara stated that Hattie’s garden and flowers looked like a VILLAGE
http://thevintagevillage.com/profile/BarbaraDiddleCzeh of JEWELS IN BLOOM
http://www.etsy.com/shop/JewlsinBloom/ Her girls were so creative even in their speech.
TIM, and MARY, TIMMARY http://www.etsy.com/shop/timmaryjewelry/ were having so much fun that they already made plans to travel to Texas with Hattie and John next year. Hattie LOVED TEXAS. JK TEX MERCANTILE http://stores.ebay.com/JK-TEX_/
She saw her first slot machine in Dallas.
Hattie wanted to talk to DINAH HOYT TAYLOR. She wanted a couple of horses to ride around the ranch.
"Come with me, my beautiful VINTAGE JEWEL http://www.etsy.com/shop/myvintagejewels
John said seductively, as he covered her eyes.
“Let me guess, the postman, you better get out of here, my husband is home.”
“Very funny, replied John, “Let’s get a little serious here.”
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BOYLE RFP, http://www.etsy.com/shop/boylerpf/ RMS JEWELS, http://www.rmsjewels.com/
and STL VINTAGE http://www.rmsjewels.com/ are interested in doing business with you.
Hattie could not believe her luck all these fabulous shops wanted to do business with her.
Now, people would be saying, “EUREKA, I FOUND IT at Hattie’s http://eureka-i-found-it.com/
Hattie also loved to see what her models were wearing, beautiful clothes, and BLING, http://www.etsy.com/shop/katiesbling
and unusual BEADS AND THINGS. http://www.etsy.com/shop/LynnsBeadsNThings/
She noticed the mixture of RETRO http://www.retro-jewels.com/ and modern. Hattie felt blessed with in her life, all her FAVORITE JEWELS were in attendance http://cgi3.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewUserPage&userid=maxsmom77
She loved her family and friends. She reflected on her life.
Her thoughts drifted back to that fire in Austria. Her family LOST everything, but in the long run, it turned out that they had
gained so much more than they lost. The Kranczer, Kanengeiser and Zanft families were DISTINCIVELY CHARMED. http://www.rubylane.com/shop/distinctivelycharmed She also recalled when she first saw the Statue of Liberty. That beautiful lady with her torch held high and lit up. She was like a JEWEL AT THE SEASHORE! This was the land of opportunity. Lady Liberty was a symbol to inspire immigrants, like her to follow their dreams.
She was brought out of her thoughts when a gentlemen named Bill approached her. He nervously introduced himself. He told her that he just located her and he was her grand nephew.
Wow, Hattie remembered holding a little boy in her arms, and his name was William.
She smiled and replied, "Well we have a lot of catching up to do!"
She had another family member.
She made a speech to her guests, as she glanced around
"Everyone here today is a CHERISHED TREASURE http://www.rubylane.com/shop/lucy1 WE MUST GIVE THANKS FOR ALL WE HAVE!
Jewelry_Ring Artisans Tribute
THIS IS A CONTINUATION OF THE HATTIE CARNEGIE FAN FICTION PROJECTS HONORING THE WONDERFUL ARTISANS ON THE JEWELRY_RING YAHOO GROUPS.
NONE OF THE INDIVIDUALS BELOW ARE NOR WERE EVER ASSOCIATED WITH HATTIE CARNEGIE, BUT IN THE FAN FICTION WORLD WE CAN DREAM……
THEY ARE EMPLOYEES IN THE FAN FICTION!
Hattie Carnegie could not sketch, cut nor sew, she was not a designer, and never claimed to be. This was assumed.
SHE WAS A FASHION EDITOR and PIONEERING BUSINESSWOMEN thus with that when the last firework went out in the night sky. She wanted to introduce her jewelry staff…….AND I WANT TO INTRODUCE THE JEWELRY_RING ARTISANS
Hattie Carnegie Jewelry was offically founded in 1939.
DEBORAH AHRENDT: Deborah Ahrendt always loved her mother’s jewelry. When she eleven years old. She started to design bracelets and necklaces after a trip to Venice, Italy inspired her. She loves Czech Jewelry.
HEATHER ALEXANDER: Heather Alexander’s family owned an auction house, so it was only natural that she developed a love for antiques. Heather, her children, her mother and her grandmother love and collect sea glass. They have a summer home on the coast of Maine. She has designed for celebrites, brides, and wholesale retail. She has been featured in New Hampshire Magazine.
DELORES BENEDICT: Delores Benedict didn’t provide much of a biography. I will do my best.
Delores is a wonderful lady who has been with the Jewelry_Ring yahoo group since the very beginning. She loves to create with Swarovski Crystals. Please Visit her Website.
KARI BRYDE: Kari Bryde crafts modern jewelry, and hopes that her pieces promote individualism. She personally signs every piece that she creates.
SUSAN CORWIN: Susan Corwin values plastic. She states that even though it is annoying to environmentalist. The usage is so varied that it really should not even be a nuisance or in land fields at all. Plastics are used in medicines, industrial designs and even in space exploration.
Space Exploration was mere science fiction in Hattie’s time, but oh well.
Susan likes to work with plastic because it is lightweight and very durable.
JAN COX: Jan Cox has also been a Jewelry_Ring member for quite a few years. She enjoys working with Austrian crystals. This is a joy to write because Hattie Carnegie was Austrian.
Anyway, her jewelry creations have been featured in many well known publications, such as Harper’s Bazaar, Lucky Magazine, Elle, and Kovel’s Antiques.
MILLI DENNEY: Unfortunately, I am also lacking information about Mildred Denney. What I do know is that her creations are absolutely stunning. For Miriam Haskell collectors this site is a must visit.
BRAD ELFRINK: Brad Elfrink is one of the male artisans on the Jewelry_Ring and I like his work.
He creates hand carved buttons, nutcrackers, Bakelite jewelry, and also has a talent for pen and ink drawings.
KAREN WALCK-HALEY: Karen Walck-Haley is a jewelry artisan, and creates some beautiful pieces. She is also a collector of Sarah Coventry jewelry. Much like a lot of other artisans her love of jewelry started in childhood. She lost her mother’s favorite piece as a child. Years later with a stroke of luck, she located a similar jewel almost identical to the one that she had lost- AMAZING!
NANCY HOPPER CADY: The name of Nancy Hopper-Cady shop is Hopper’s Bazaar. I adore the name. It is very cute. She lives up to the name. She loves to combine polymer clay (is that ceramics?) with Swarovski Crystals.
Her work is beautiful, but the shop name alone can compel someone to visit.
LOVEDA HENDERSON: Loveda Henderson loves to work with scrap sterling and semi-precious stones to make beautiful jewelry that others will cherish. She started with an earring that lost it’s partner and needless to say a great idea was born.
BETSY KEEP: Betsy Keep is a Jewelry_Ring member. One of her favorite hobbies is creating jewelry.
She enjoys working with a variety of materials including sterling, glass, stone, copper, gold, pearls, rhinestones and silver. She also LOVES her boxer. She supports the New England Boxer Rescue Group.
The website is http://www.secondchanceboxer.com
BONNIE LYNN KIRBY: Bonnie Lynn Kirby makes beautiful jewelry out of broken items or pieces. She is quite talented to make throw-away items into treasures. Another must visit website.
BRENDA SUE LANSDOWNE: Brenda Sue Lansdowne has been designing jewelry for twenty-five years. She loves to do collaged pieces and cagework which is fashioning jewelry with wires.
ANNI NAVETTA: Anni Navetta utilizes nothing but vintage material to create her designs. She can do a custom order upon request.
MARY ANN DOCKTOR-SMITH: Mary Ann Docktor-Smith creates jewelry out of natural stone. She also works with clay beads and has a talent for making centerpieces. You may visit her site, and you don’t even have to make an appointment. THE DOCKTOR IS IN!
DOROTHEA STRINGFIELD: Dorothea Stringfield adores the Renaissance. She shows her love for Shakespeare’s time by making period accurate pieces that can be worn in stage productions, as an accessory for costumes, weddings or simply just for the fun of it.
DINAH HOYT-TAYLOR: Dinah Hoyt Taylor is always commissioned to make crowns and hair pieces for proms and weddings, but she makes jewels that can be worn daily as well.
Doesn’t everybody want to feel like a Queen!
MELISSA TEAGUE: Melissa Teague also has gifts for the man in your life. Melissa can deck you and a loved one from head to toe in jewelry.
THANK YOU SO MUCH ARTISANS!
I know if you had worked for Hattie she would have appreciated your talent. I know that I do
If I have accidentally forgotten to include your name or website in either of the tributes......please feel free to contact me.
FOUR WINDS RANCH in RUMSON, NEW JERSEY-
JOHN PURCHASED THE HOME for HATTIE to CELEBRATE their 15th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY- AUGUST 22, 1942
HATTIE and MAJOR JOHN in the LATE 1920'S
BELOW- HATTIE and MAJOR JOHN ZANFT on NOVEMBER 4, 1948.