Doer's Profile: Lester Gribetz
Lester Gribetz is a
kingpin of the tabletop—
This year marks his 60th
in the “biz,” having jumpstarted
his career in
the training program
rising to become its
VP of Home within
10 years and then its
Vice Chairman for nearly 20 years until
forming his own consultancy
in 1992. In 2009,
he was named President
of Lenox Corporation,
where he’s been instrumental
in adding to the
company’s portfolio with
prestige brands such as
Donna Karan, Kate
Spade and Marchesa.
What china pattern/brand
do you use in your home?
I have about eight different
sets, but I primarily use
Lenox’s “Tin Can Alley” bone china, Muriel
Grateau’s ceramics (she’s an acclaimed
Parisian jewelry and tableware designer)
and Jasper Conran at Wedgwood White.
If you could host a dinner party for
six famous guests—living or dead
—who would you invite?
Though he’s passed, my mentor former
Bloomingdale’s Chairman Marvin Traub, its
current Chairman Michael Gould, former
President Bill Clinton, Leonard Lauder, even
though I work with him every day my boss
Peter Cameron, wellness expert Dr. Andrew
Weil, and Bette Midler. OK, that’s seven,
but I’ve got to include a woman.”
What’s the last gift you purchased for
someone, and the occasion?
For my architect for his wedding, he and his
partner registered for Donna Karan Matte &
Shine, so I gave them the dinnerware,
glassware and flatware.
What is your favorite getaway destination
St. Barts, because of the great beaches,
great weather, great food and it absolutely
takes me away from what I normally do
What’s the last book you
I just finished The Patriarch
about Joseph P. Kennedy
by David Nasaw.
What profession other than your own
would you like to attempt?
There’s no other profession I’d like more
than retailing and marketing, though I originally
studied and have my degree in clinical
What one thing about you might surprise
I own and drive a 2002 Maranello Ferrari –
in shocking red!
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