Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Vol 53 for VIP

t’s a sad kimono tokyo week for that first wave of career women from the ‘70s and ‘80s, as the woman who first outfitted them in great suits and sportswear, Liz Claiborne Ortenberg, passed away this week after a long battle with cancer. Claiborne started her namesake company in 1976, and when she retired in 1989 to do philanthropic work, the company made over $100 million in profits annually. Her company has gone on to be a powerhouse player in the brand game, owning Juicy Couture, Ellen Tracy and Narciso Rodriguez. (Click to see photo.)