Linda Fargo talks personal taste: Part One

As the tastemaker for New York’s Bergdorf Goodman, Linda Fargo is responsible for the store’s cutting-edge fashion and unique ambience

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My personal style signifiers are clothing in a leopard print, Holiday Red lipstick by Dior, chain-link gold jewellery by Vaubel and a touch of black mink. I feel most myself when I’m wearing these things and I buy variations of them over and over. They are timeless classics with a bit of bite. Dior Holiday Red lipstick, £25; Steven Vaubel Designs, +1718-875 4858.

Fargo’s pendant from Grazia Vozza
Fargo’s pendant from Grazia Vozza | Image: Circe

The last thing I bought and loved was a baroque-style pearl and oxidized silver cross pendant from Grazia Vozza on Capri. They are chic jewellers – and twin sisters – who I met while vacationing there several years ago. Via Fuorlovado 38, 80073 Capri (+3981-837 4010;


And the thing I’m eyeing next is a pair of matching Maltese Cross cuffs by Verdura, although I know I should renovate my kitchen instead. Fulco di Verdura first designed these sculptural pieces for Coco Chanel, and I find their beauty and character both enduring and dazzling. From $37,500;

Paris in the 1920s with Kiki de Montparnasse by Xavier Girard
Paris in the 1920s with Kiki de Montparnasse by Xavier Girard | Image:

The sites that inspire me are bustling flea markets all over the world. These are my favourite go-to places for personal and professional ideas. I love the serendipity and the energy of markets such as Les Puces in Saint-Ouen, Paris.

Balthazar Bakery’s peasant bread
Balthazar Bakery’s peasant bread

The best gift I’ve received recently is a gem of a book, Paris in the 1920s with Kiki de Montparnasse by Xavier Girard, from Assouline. I fall in love with all of Assouline’s books because they transport you to such authentic places and celebrate the most exceptional and beautiful things in the world. This one, however, may be my favourite of all time.

Fargo’s Franck Muller Master Square watch in rose gold, £16,500 
Fargo’s Franck Muller Master Square watch in rose gold, £16,500  | Image: Circe

An unforgettable place I’ve travelled to in the past year is St Barths. I recently returned from a festive wedding party there – a “funny-moon” – where 30 friends holidayed with the bride and groom. We stayed in a hilltop villa overlooking Gouverneur Bay with a friend who happens to be a gourmet chef. There’s something so unique about being able to get flaky croissants, pâté and great French wine in the middle of the Caribbean. Visiting in the off-season is the secret to enjoying this tropical French outpost.


And the best souvenir I’ve brought home is a part of the original Ritz hotel in Paris. Something has to be inexpensive for me to consider it a true “souvenir”, and I love my scented Ritz candles and Hemingway Bar ashtrays that I’ve saved over time. The Ritz was such a special place – and hopefully it will be again after its two-year renovation. I hold on to my memories of it through these candles, as there’s nothing like a particular smell to recollect a place. 15 Place Vendôme, 75001 Paris (+331-4316 3030;

In my fridge you’ll always find wine, Parmesan cheese, eggs and Balthazar Bakery’s peasant bread for toasting. I find these ingredients perfectly satisfying for any time of the day or night, and I get a little panicky if I don’t have them on hand in the house. Balthazar Bakery, 80 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012 (+1212-965 1414;

An object I would never part with is my Franck Muller rose gold watch, which was given to me by a special friend on a special birthday. Master Square watch, £16,500;

The people I rely on for personal grooming include Edward Tricomi at Warren-Tricomi Salon, who I entrust with my silver bob. He’s a true tress-master. For make-up, I always see Miriam at Laura Mercier in our store – she makes me feel my most beautiful. I’m also crazy about the manicures at Tres Bien Beauty Salon; the proprietress, Fanny, not only keeps the salon open until 11pm, but also plays amazing music mixes. Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10019 (+1212-753 7300; Tres Bien Beauty Salon, 981 First Avenue, New York, NY 10022 (+1212-980 8828). Warren-Tricomi Salon, The Plaza, 1 West 58th Street, New York, NY 10019 (+1212-262 8899;

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