item 11 - Marvin S. Traub interview, 1987 January 16

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US NNFIT SC.FITA.3.20.4.9.3.11

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Marvin S. Traub interview, 1987 January 16

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  • 1987 January 16 (Creation)

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  • MPEG file: 71.8 MiB
  • 52 minues, 15 seconds. Original Media Format: Cassette (Marvin Traub interview is only 38 minutes and 22 seconds). Separate archival notes indicate additional recordings timed at 00:09:22, 00:52:15, 00:09:19,

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In this conversation, Marvin S. Traub talks about his start at Bloomingdale's, and details his first seven positions at the company. He describes the Bloomingdale's customer as being someone who is interested in change and forward fashion, someone who "likes different things at different times" and who expects Bloomingdale's to alert them to the newest trends. Traub expresses his pride at helping to develop the careers of some of the industry's influential designers and executives and credits Bloomingdale's success to its team of talented and respectful employees. Traub talks about the role his wife has played in his life and he discusses his three children and their endeavors. In discussing some of the major changes at Bloomingdale's during Traub's tenure, there is mention of the Country Promotions, the branded shopping bags, the in-house boutiques, and Bloomingdale's role as a cultural center within a community. Traub referes to several different people as role models and peers, including Jed Davidson, Martha Graham, Bill Blass, and his wife, Lee.

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Sound quality is really bad on this and all of the Marvin S. Traub recordings. Voices are very quiet, with a litte bit of an echo and there is a lot of air noise.

At 38:24, a totally separate interview begins with Estelle Ellis interviewing two men- not sure who these are

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  • Legacy audio file ID: AOH168
  • Legacy transcript ID: T88

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