RETAIL TRADE: Fifth Avenue's Finest

When Henry Kaiser bought a mink coat for his wife during the war, he was astonished to hear that it would take three weeks to make. "But I can build an oceangoing ship in a week," he protested. Answered the storekeeper coldly: "Mr. Kaiser, you are a great man. I am only a furrier."

The furrier was Edwin Goodman, owner of Manhattan's Bergdorf Goodman, a store which Edwin Goodman calls, with some reason, the "most elegant specialty shop in the world." Last week New York's W'hitneys, Sloans, Rockefellers and 850 other guests turned out to dine & dance at Manhattan's...

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