Happy 111th Birthday, Bergdorf Goodman: A Brief History in Numbers

As Bergdorf celebrates its 111th anniversary with a cavalcade of events this fall, including a book and documentary both entitled Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf Goodman, as well a star-studded gala, TIME breaks down at the famous store by the numbers

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What began as a partnership between a talented tailor, Herman Bergdorf, and his young apprentice Edwin Goodman has blossomed into a fashion mecca on 5th Avenue: Bergdorf Goodman. It has become a singular name among the pantheon of New York City department stores, and this fall, Bergdorf’s celebrates its 111th anniversary with a cavalcade of events, including a book and documentary both entitled Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf Goodman. TIME culled through the tome—and other books on the iconic store—to break down Bergdorf’s by the numbers.

5th and 58th: cross streets of the store, which sits on the former site of Cornelius Vanderbilt’s mansion

160,000: estimated visitors per month

9: number of floors at its 5th Avenue store

190,000: square footage of the store

$600 million: estimated annual sales

23: age of Edwin Goodman when he came to Herman Bergdorf’s shop in 1899 to learn tailoring. They formed a joint enterprise, the business began to flourish and Goodman eventually bought Bergdorf out. The older tailor promptly retired to Paris.

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17: rooms in the penthouse above Bergdorf’s that Edwin’s son Andrew Goodman, his wife Nena and their family lived in for more than half a century. After Andrew’s death, the apartment was converted to a John Barrett hair salon.

$100: price per couple for a plate at Bergdorf’s champagne dinner before their Golden Anniversary Ball at the Plaza in 1951. All the money was donated to the New York City Cancer Committee, as the store underwrote the entire cost.

2: hours that an unannounced Grace Kelly spent selecting her wedding invitations at Bergdorf’s in 1956

60+: fur coats purchased by John Lennon and Yoko Ono just before one Christmas in the ’70s. The luxe garments were personally brought to the Dakota by the fur department buyers on Christmas Eve.

4: number of looks a young Michael Kors showed Bergdorf’s fashion director Dawn Mello during a meeting in 1981. After Mello was quickly sold on his talent, Kors would go on to create his first eponymous collection exclusively for Bergdorf Goodman

18: average number of hours to install a normal set of window displays at the store

300 to 350: window designs that are produced each year

2500: salads that are served in a busy month for the in-house restaurant BG and the café Goodman’s. Naturally, they are the most popular menu item.

50th: Bergdorf’s previous anniversary celebration. Nothing was done to commemorate the 75th anniversary, and the 100th was skipped in the wake of September 11th.

$75,000: cost of the most expensive item in Bergdorf’s exclusive 111th Anniversary collection, a one-of-a-kind satin Dolce and Gabbana dress that was painted by hand

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