As shoppers flood the stores today, Black Friday, for the official start of the holiday shopping season, I thought I would offer a few gift ideas of my own. Over the next few weeks, I have some great present suggestions for those of us who have run out of original ideas. Some of them are local companies that offer great products, some are super original, and others just a lot of fun!
Last Friday night, I attended a book signing for a new book by Jon Tiffany called Eleanor Lambert: Still Here. The book signing was held at Luna, a trendy boutique on Sacramento St. in the Presidio Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. Ian Mackintosh, the Director of Public Relations for the Academy of Art University’s school of Fashion, invited me and worked alongside Tiffany, for the iconic Eleanor Lambert. Miss Lambert, as Tiffany always refers to her, was a public relations extraordinaire, before most people knew what a PR person was. Tiffany is animated and fun to talk to and has an easy going way about him. He speaks enthusiastically about both Miss Lambert and the book. It’s easy to see that this book was a labor of love that started with an idea, was originally going to be a documentary, and ended with this beautiful “coffee table” book.
Amazon.com describes the book: Eleanor Lambert: Still Here is a look into the life, career, and accomplishments of world-renowned American press agent Eleanor Lambert, as told through the experience of her assistant and fashion historian, John Tiffany.
John Tiffany has over 20 years of experience in public relations, event production, branding, marketing, and sponsorship projects around the world, founding his own consulting business in New York. Early on, Tiffany was mentored by the legendary Eleanor Lambert.
Mackintosh also worked for Miss Lambert in New York for 6 years. Mackintosh worked for other well known fashion PR firms before making the move to San Francisco to head up public relations for the school of fashion at AAU in Downtown San Francisco.
The book has received great coverage from Harper’s Bazaar, Women’s Wear Daily, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and others.
Some Eleanor Lambert trivia:
-She organized the semi-annual Fashion Press Week in New York as a coordinated schedule of designer collections for the international press. She initiated a similar schedule for the European fashion capitals establishing the coordinated centralized showings now followed around the world.
-She founded the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and initiated the idea of the Costume Institute Gala, the preeminent social event for decades in New York.
-She founded the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)
-She founded and coordinator of the International Best Dressed List (now coordinated by Vanity Fair magazine)
The book is available at amazon.com and makes a GREAT holiday gift for the fashionista in your life.