Saks Fifth Avenue Sophie Gimbel’s Inspiration Lives On with Our WIB Salon Series

If you read last week’s Inside the Brand post, you know that we are thrilled about our Women in Business Leadership Circle. This panel of talented, enlightened and lively women have already inspired us tremendously, and the fingerprints of their handiwork can be found at the pulse of this great city.

Our monthly gatherings, The SRQ Women in Business Salon Series, are hosted in an impeccable setting – Sophie’s at Saks Fifth Avenue. When we arrived last Thursday morning, we were captivated by the lovely décor, high level of service…and let’s be honest, the aroma of coffee and bacon. But what we found out about this chic café’s namesake made us realize that Sophie’s is truly the perfect place for us to get together each month.

Inspired by Saks’ own director of couture for over 40 years, Sophie Gimbel is revered and remembered for her influential style, humor and grace. Initially hired as a designer for the Salon Moderne label, Sophie gained notoriety and prestige throughout her career for her keen eye and even designed for the likes of Lady Bird Johnson. As the first American fashion designer to grace the Cover of Time Magazine in 1947, Sophie’s legacy exemplifies the Women in Business Leadership Circle. She was a determined influencer and paved the way for countless female American designers that would follow in her footsteps. Independent with a spirit of ingenuity, she not only was the author of quintessential American style, but got her hands dirty as an avid gardener and canning her own vegetables.

Sophie Gimbel on the cover of Time Magazine; September 15, 1947.  Image Courtesy of Time Inc.  Image Credit: Boris Chaliapin

Sophie Gimbel on the cover of Time Magazine; September 15, 1947.
Image Courtesy of Time Inc. Photo Credit: Boris Chaliapin

The sophisticated restaurant named for Sophie offers refined dishes with globally influenced tastes and polished American cuisine. The dining experience is what one would imagine Saks Fifth Avenue to provide. A curated, elegant ambiance that is perfect for an intimate gathering or a delightful meal between perusing the fabulous wares of the store. Don’t miss the enchanting roof-top patio, the ideal spot to enjoy a specialty cocktail and take in the view.

SRQ | The Magazine would like to thank Saks Fifth Avenue for their sponsorship of Women in Business, and the attentive team at Sophie’s for their gracious hospitality. To find out more about Sophie’s or make a reservation, visit their website at


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