Mrs. James Ward Thorne and the Thorne Rooms

Mrs. James Ward Thorne and the Thorne Rooms

The word “amateur” has taken on a very negative connotation in our culture, which is a shame. It used to mean someone who had passion for a certain field, and studied it to such a degree that they were exceedingly adept, almost approaching (and sometimes surpassing) a professional proficiency. Amateurs were often women of means who, because of societal strictures, were not allowed to...
Gloria Vanderbilt

Gloria Vanderbilt

To be a stylemaker, you clearly need to make a splash, but there are a gutsy few who actually blaze trails. Gloria Vanderbilt is just such a woman, whose inimitable style has been leaving a path of stunningly scorched earth behind her for nearly nine decades. As befits a style icon, Gloria Vanderbilt has been capturing the world’s attention from the moment she was an...

Doris Duke

Twelve years old and $80 million to burn. No, it’s not another episode of MTV’s “My Super Sweet Sixteen,” but rather the true headlines from 1925 concerning Doris Duke, heiress to the American Tobacco Company fortune. Armed with her father’s deathbed advice (“trust no one”) and an unfathomable sum of money (over $1 billion in today’s terms), Little Doris set off to discover the...