One Christmas Eve back in the late 70s when John Lennon and Yoko Ono called New York City home, Yoko rang the fur salon at Bergdorf Goodman and got the manager, John Cohen. She asked if he would, “… come over to the apartment tonight because John wants to buy some furs for me.”
Since it had been a slow season for fur and this was a celebrity request, Mr. Goodman told Mr. Cohen to oblige the lady. So, he and an assistant carted over several chests of furs and for over two hours Yoko pulled out coat after coat saying to John, “This is for my sister and this is good for you and …” The couple bought close to 80 fur coats. EIGHTY coats for a grand total of over $400,000. Imagine all the people (and animals) who could have benefited from that kind of money.
Mr. Cohen ended the story by saying this had never been done before and that night he slept very well. It was a Merry Christmas after all, for some.
This is one of many interesting tales recounted in the documentary film, Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s by Matthew Miele. Bergdorf Goodman is an iconic NYC luxury department store known for the best in merchandise and excellent personal shopper services.