Stylish and unfailingly honest, Betty Halbreich is the personal shopper we dream of guiding us to a better wardrobe. The 85-year-old legend has worked at Bergdorf Goodman since 1976, dispensing no-nonsense style guidance in the Solutions department. She's direct, but warm, and her decades of experience have given her an uncanny ability to size up someone — literally and figuratively. Basically, when Betty talks, you don't just listen; you want to hear more.
That's why we were beyond excited to enter Betty's corner office, where she showed us all sorts of amazing things: Bakelite brooches, personalized gifts from legendary designers, and some of the most stunning vintage pieces we've ever seen. (Dior, anyone?) Even better, Betty invited her dear friend, makeup wunderkind Edward Bess, to share in the storytelling. Since launching his cosmetics line at Bergdorf's back in 2006, he's been building a beauty empire — and he's quick to point out that he couldn't have done it without Betty.
Read on to see Betty's to-die-for collection of art, jewelry, and (surprisingly delightful) bargain perfume — and don't be surprised if you develop a sudden urge to make an appointment at Bergdorf's....
Photographed by Sunny Shokrae