Pierre Wertheimer - Wertheimer was designer Coco Chanels partner in the perfume manufacturing end of the business. During WWII, Chanel tried to wrest control of the business away from him by using Vichy laws that prohibited Jewish-run businesses. She failed because Wertheimer fled to the U.S. and signed temporary control over to a more honorable German collaborator. (Chanel also had a three-year affair with a German officer & would have been tried for collaboration, but had important friends who got her off the hook). Wertheimers grandsons, Alain and Gerard, now control both the fashion & perfume wing of Chanel. We do not know how "Jewish" the third generation is. If someone does, tell us.
Rande Gerber - Former male model and husband of Cindy Crawford. We just ran into this story and since it makes way "too" beautiful look silly--we thought wed share it with the rest of us. Rande, who is Jewish, married Cindy in a non-Jewish ceremony on the beach in Hawaii. Everyone was barefoot. But Rande was supposed to step on a glass. No shoes, no way to break the glass. Bummer, man. (Maybe it is just as well, the 1999 National Safety Council report says that 32 people were injured in church when grooms stepped on improperly wrapped glasses.)
Ronald Traeger - An American, Traeger became one of the top fashion photographers of "swinging" London of the 1960s. He was known for his ability to infuse models with a spirit of "real life". Twiggy and Jill Kennington were two of his top models. He was only 31 when he died of cancer in 1968.
Shaun Tomson - See also Sports/other) Tomson, a South African Jewish fellow, was one of the greatest riders in the history of surfing. In 1979 Tomson founded Instinct, a surf-sportswear company that was one of the pioneers of the booming surf industry thru the 80s. He sold the company in 1990 and retired from professional surfing. He later worked as the Merchandise Director for Patagonia & then moved on to work as the Marketing and Sales Director at ONeill Sportswear. He currently owns surf clothing company Solitude with his wife Carla.
Womens clothing designer whose clothes, under the name "Laundry", are found in many leading department stores. Her brother is Robbie Benson, the actor and director. Robbie was born Robin Segal.
Beautiful Israeli supermodel who appears in many leading magazines. People have asked us about models and the only ones we know are Tal, 70s top models Marisa and Berry Berenson, and Cindy Margolis (see actresses). Also Sandy Bar, Israeli model (but not a "Super model") and possibly Wilhelmina. There is also Rande Gerber, a former male model, who is Cindy Crawfords husband. (She is not Jewish). Anyone know more? (See Michaela Bercu.)
Former Seinfeld girlfriend now has her own fashion line. Will Monica be next? UPDATE: We kid you not, Monica has stated she will be selling her handbags thru the Internet. Did Jewhoo call it?
Son of a cab driver whose company now controls such famous names as Jones New York, Evan-Picone, Saville, and others. A major benefactor of the Holocaust Museum, among other charities. Forbes Mag. reports he plans to donate all his money.
Top Paris fashion designer whose career began around the same time as the 1968 Paris riots and, in some sense, personified that spirit. She is well-known for her sweaters and other high fashion clothes that are easier to wear than most high fashion clothing. She is the daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants to France.
The daughter of (Beatle) Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney is the head designer for Chloe, the famous Paris fashion house. Ms. McCartney, who has real talent, was hired in 1997. If genetics mean anything, Ms. McCartney is well-equipped for the half show biz/half clothing world of high fashion. Her father, who is not Jewish, obviously has the show-biz part down. Linda was Jewish and her grandfather, Max Linder, was the owner of the largest womans clothing store in Cleveland and later became a manufacturer.
Maker of womens shoes. Found in stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstroms.
Founders of GUESS?. The three brothers who founded and run the company come from a Jewish family from Southern France (now in Calif.). Maurice is CEO. Paul is Chief Operating officer, and Armand is Exec. V.P. The Guess Foundation spts. Jewish and secular charities.
Famous clothing designer who was born in the Bronx in 1942. His parents were immigrants from Europe. Klein was always known as the best dressed boy on the block. He began his company in 1968 with $10,000 and the help of his childhood friend, Barry Schwartz. The rest is fashion history.
Karan, born Donna Faske, is a design mogul. She began with Anne Klein and took over as chief designer of that firm with Kleins death in 1974. Ms. Karan is one of many celebrities reported to be studying kabbalah, Jewish mysticism.
Bauer was born and raised in the state of Washington, he was a husband, a father, a businessman, an innovator and a true outdoorsman. Eddie Bauer lived a full life filled with ideas and inventions.
Lauder was a famous cosmetics manufacturer who was born Josephine Esther Mentzer in Queens, NY. Her married name, Lauter, was later changed to Lauder. Named to Time Magazines list of the 100 most influential business people of the century. She built the company from scratch; based on great service, free gifts, and a great sense of the market.
Mizrahi ia an American TV presenter, fashion designer, and was the creative director of Liz Claiborne. He is best known for his eponymous fashion lines. As a child Mizrahi attended a yeshiva.
Cole is a famous shoe designer. Rather than sell from an exhibitor space, he registered the company as a movie production company with NYC officials. He thus got permission to park a forty foot trailer in midtown and sold 40,000 pairs of shoes out of the trailer in a matter of days. Cole has recently been reported to be studying with the orthodox group Aish Ha Torah.
Bakst was born Lev Rosenberg in Russia in 1864. Bakst was his mothers maiden name. He converted to Christianity as a young man, but later returned to Judaism. Bakst was the principal costume designer for Diaghilevs famous Ballet Russes.
Strauss is a German-Jewish founder of the Levi Strauss Company. The company, which began in San Francisco in the 1850s, made clothes gold miners wanted. His sisters descendants, the "Haas" family, still control the company.
Jacobs is an American fashion designer. As one of todays premier clothing designers his line can be found in Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bergdorf Goodman. He has been the creative director of the French design house Louis Vuitton since 1997. Jacobs is on Time Magazine's 2010 Time 100 list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Azria is a French fashion designer of Tunisian Jewish descent who founded the contemporary women's clothing brand BCBGMAXAZRIA. Azria is also the designer, chairman and CEO of BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP, a global fashion house that encompasses over 20 brands. He is based in Los Angeles.