This newsletter is dedicated to “Born to Shop” Suzy Gershman who died on July 25, 2012 after a brave but ugly battle with brain cancer. Suzy affected the lives of people she never met through her books, travel bibles to many, and the lives of those who knew her because she was Suzy.
We met pre-Internet in California and ran into one another when she was in Paris in 1992 covering the opening of Euro Disney. (We used to laugh about the small world coincidence considering the tens of thousands people at that event.) Suzy stood out of the crowd sporting pink satin “Chanel” mouse ears that she’d made and decorated with sequins. That was pure Suzy straight up—no ice, no mixers, not even a little straw. She had an incredible ability to make work fun. As soon as she signed a contract to work for Galeries Lafayettes, she asked me about the possibility of Bonjour Paris hosting an online magazine for the store. “Mais oui.” I said. Was another answer possible? Not if you knew her.
After Suzy moved to France, my life took a different turn. She was an integral of so many aspects of life in Paris and she bought a house in Provence, seven minutes away from mine. Frequently the phone would ring advising me that we were going here or there to research a shopping destination. A destination as in Paris, Provence or London, but just as likely in China, Vietnam and other parts of Asia.
I kept telling Suzy I wasn’t a dedicated shopper, a fact that fell on deaf ears. And after all, I did show up. As she’d say, “c’est la vie.”
In reality, Suzy was the best of friends to many people and will be sorely missed. Her joy in life and living was the greatest gift she gave to countless numbers. I’m lucky to be among them, still and always.
Karen Fawcett, Bonjour Paris – Publisher
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