of study: Design, Art History and French. Those years served him well throughout his long and continuing career within the world of fashion. Mr. Felner has been intimately involved with everything from textile design to directing the design department for Timex decorative clocks. Fashion is made up of many facets including merchandising (Elizabeth Arden) , buying and selling at both retail (Giorgio Armani) and wholesale, of course, designing whether it be apparel or home accessories or fashion jewelry (Miriam Haskell) all of which was concentrated in the luxury sector and all of which have has had his imprimatur at one time during his career. During this chapter, his close associations with Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Joyce Hong Kong and Saks Fifth Avenue became his calling card for brand success. He was instrumental in the relaunch of Miriam Haskell jewelry, Paloma Picasso accessories while working closely with private label manufacturers in the USA and Europe. As a buyer/retailer he was revered for his good taste by designers such as Claude Montana, Thierry Mugler, Valentino, Emanuel Ungaro, Jean Muir, Zandra Rhodes, Jean Paul Gaultier, Giorgio Armani, Luciano Soprani and many more. The 21st century has allowed Mr. Felner to expand his fashion knowledge by being a book reviewer for the New York Journal of Books where his myriad of reviews have been lauded and respected by both publisher and author alike. One of his greatest pleasures is to have been able to seek out new talent as well those who built the business of fashion and shine a spotlight on them by exposing them and educating the fashion inclined. Many of his discoveries are on the trajectory to fame and notoriety but may have not quite yet arrived. Additionally, the encyclopedic knowledge and actual experience within these worlds has allowed him to speak loudly to the subject of fashion. His articles and reviews as an International Style and Fashion authority are read by hundreds of thousands of hungry “fashionphiles” from around the world on an almost daily basis. Not only are they read by spectators of the business but by the designers (Bill Gaytten of Dior, Ralph Rucci, Christian Lacroix to name a few) themselves who have taken the time to react and praise Mr. Felner for his acumen and insights. Privately his advice is sought by some of the most notable international designers. To say that Mr. Felner has created a niche for honest, innovative, informative and intelligent fashion reportage is to say that the Mona Lisa is just another painting. Illustration portrait by Marc-Antoine Coulon