Marvin Traub, the Retail Pioneer Behind Bloomingdale's, Dies at 87

Marvin Traub, the man responsible for turning Bloomingdale's into a must-shop destination, passed away yesterday at the age of 87 from bladder cancer, the New York Times is reporting. Traub, a war veteran and Harvard grad, began his tenure at Bloomingdale's in 1950, working his way up from the bottom of the chain (manning the bargain basement) all the way to CEO. As CEO of the department store, Traub was known for his innovative and creative methods: Staging lavish celebrity-filled events, and introducing some of the leading designers of the time (he gave Ralph Lauren his first big break).
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Marvin Traub, the man responsible for turning Bloomingdale's into a must-shop destination, passed away yesterday at the age of 87 from bladder cancer, the New York Times is reporting. Traub, a war veteran and Harvard grad, began his tenure at Bloomingdale's in 1950, working his way up from the bottom of the chain (manning the bargain basement) all the way to CEO. As CEO of the department store, Traub was known for his innovative and creative methods: Staging lavish celebrity-filled events, and introducing some of the leading designers of the time (he gave Ralph Lauren his first big break).
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Marvin Traub, the man responsible for turning Bloomingdale's into a must-shop destination, passed away yesterday at the age of 87 from bladder cancer, the New York Times is reporting.

Traub, a war veteran and Harvard grad, began his tenure at Bloomingdale's in 1950, working his way up from the bottom of the chain (manning the bargain basement) all the way to CEO.

As CEO of the department store, Traub was known for his innovative and creative methods: Staging lavish celebrity-filled events, and introducing some of the leading designers of the time (he gave Ralph Lauren his first big break). It was also during his time as CEO, that Bloomingdale's introduced their iconic shopping bags. He retired as CEO from the company in 1991, going on to found Marvin Traub Associates, a consulting firm which counts Ralph Lauren, American Express and the Jones Apparel Group as clients.

And while the retail giant has passed away, the legacy of Traub's life and work will continue to shape Bloomingdale's, and retail as we know it, for years to come.