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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘Caroline Kennedy’
Posted: March 25th, 2014

GeigerThe brand outfits the famous: Caroline Kennedy, Queen Elizabeth, the queen of Sweden, Elizabeth Von Trapp, Gorbachev, and teams from the 1956 Olympics. If you’ve never heard of Geiger coats, get ready for a terrific introduction during a trunk sale Thursday, March 27, from noon to 5 p.m. at AJ’s in the Colony Plaza, 2636 West Eighth St.

The Austrian brand is impressive, and I got a phone interview with one of the iconic family members – Hansjörg Geiger a third generation owner.

The brand started with his grandmother, Barbara Geiger, in 1906 with a collection of leggings and cardigans and moved on to sweaters and more with her son, Peter, who took the reins in the 1920s. The brand evolved into a global fashion statement with skirts, suits, coats and more. In 1978, Hansjörg Geiger, became president and brought the brand to Middlebury, Vt.

So how does a brand carry on for more than a century? “When you create two lines every year, you have a lot of innovations,” Hansjörg Geiger said. He said they always adds bright colors like kelly green. “There’s always a different shade of green,” he said. “Green and black are very important. With black –nobody can miss — it flatters your body, makes you slim, and it is timeless.”

Born in 1943, Hansjörg Geiger said the fourth generation of Geigers also work at the company with his children, Barbara Geiger-Singer, Elisabeth Geiger and Peter Geiger are involved in the company.

Hansjörg Geiger calls Austria home, but he visits the U.S. four time a year for shows.  What does he say about the fashion industry? “Success is to be always present in the market and to forecast what it will be – nobody knows.  It changes – it’s like wakes in the ocean. It rolls down, and then there’s another wake. What wake will be higher or lower?”

Check out the wake of fashion at AJ’s on Thursday.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: April 16th, 2013

nat'l library weekIt’s National Library week, and I remember great times with my kids at many of Erie’s public library locations. We often visited the West Erie Plaza branch, and we were regulars at the Blasco Library on the bayfront.

One celeb that most impresses me with what she has done in regard to reading is Honorary Chair of National Library Week Caroline Kennedy. She has visited schools, throughout the years, and started interesting high school groups with her own book “Poems to Learn by Heart.” Check out the video above.

In Erie, events at Blasco Library, 160 E. Front St., include: Ed Palattella and Jerry Clark (April 18, 7 p.m.); and Holly Jacobs and Nancy Kay (April 18, 2-3:30 p.m.); as well as Debbi Lyon and Sandy Sagala. Call or visit the library’s website for more information on Library Week schedule. Cost: Free. Info: 451-6927, www.erielibrary.org

Ken Springirth, local author of 20 books about railroads and trolley cars, wrote an article for the Erie Times-News that discusses the Darby Public Library, outside Philadelphia. It is the oldest continuously operating public library in the U.S. His article also discusses that the Erie Public Library’s roots on Perry Square date back to Feb. 16, 1899. Read his entire article here.

We went to the library for books, vidoes and much more. Whatever you do this week, grab a few minutes at one of the branches of the public library. I guarantee you will return.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three and stepmom to three. 


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