Every fashion-obsessed New Yorker knows the three “B”s: Barneys, Bendel’s, and Bergdorf’s.
It’s that last “B” that’s the focus of a new documentary, Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s. Director Matthew Miele tells the history of the iconic department store and offers up an inside look at what goes on behind-the-scenes today.
Movie-goers get to see the making of those awe-inspiring holiday windows and find out how much a sales associate can make (no one would say on record, but it’s estimated at an amazing $400-$500 thousand a year!). Plus, there’s a lengthy bit about legendary (and hilarious) Bergdorf Goodman personal shopper Betty Halbreich (who is also the subject of Lena Dunham’s next HBO project).
Still, Bergdorf’s would just be a beautiful empty shell without the incredible designers stocked there, and there are plenty in the film sharing personal stories about the store and how it felt to have their designs at Bergdorf’s for the first time.
One of the designers featured is sound-byte machine Karl Lagerfeld, who stars in this exclusive outtake from the film. He doesn’t disappoint. (Does he ever?)
Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s will be released May 3, 2013 in New York City, with other cities to follow.