Standing at the crossroads of fashion at Fifth Avenue and 58th
Street in New York City, Bergdorf Goodman is known throughout
the world for elegance, luxury, and superior service. Discover
the evolution of this New York legend below.
1899 Edwin Goodman works for Herman
Bergdorf, an immigrant from Alsace, in his tailoring
establishment just above Union Square in downtown Manhattan.
1906 Goodman purchases the store from
Bergdorf and moves to the site where Rockefeller Center now
1914 Goodman is the first couturier to
introduce ready-to-wear, making Bergdorf Goodman the destination
for premier American and French fashion.
1928 Bergdorf Goodman moves to its present
location, the former site of the great Cornelius Vanderbilt
mansion. With Goodman's son, Andrew, as President, the store
continues innovations such as an incomparable fur salon, the
exclusive Bergdorf Goodman Number Nine perfume, and Miss
Bergdorf, a ready-to-wear line for the younger customer.
1953 Goodman retires as the most
celebrated merchant of his time, with many accolades including
the Legion of Honor from France.
1986 "The Decorative Home on Seven" is
created to house antiques, porcelains, silver, crystal, linens,
stationery, home furnishings, and delicacies from around the
world. Today, the floor is home to Jane Stubbs' first-edition
and one-of-a-kind books and prints, along with a special
collection of books from Assouline. Luxury stationers Smythson
of Bond Street, along with a bridal salon and gift registry, are
also housed there.
1990 The Men's Store opens its doors
directly across the street at 745 Fifth Avenue.
1997 Formerly the Goodman family
residence, the penthouse atop the store, is converted into the
John Barrett Salon and Susan Ciminelli Day Spa.
1999 The Beauty Level opens directly below
the main floor, offering 15,000 square feet of luxury with eight
spa rooms exclusively for facials, skincare consultations and
special treatments, and Goodman's Cafe, serving lunch and
2002 Artisans and craftspeople begin a
dramatic restoration of the Main Floor of the Women's Store.
2003 New boutiques open for
Giorgio Armani, Gucci, and
Yves Saint Laurent.
BergdorfGoodman.com debuts in Fall 2004