The Ledger Series - A Look at Sarah Tomerlin: Meet the woman who pioneered luxury design
We are so honored to have served the New York City area for over 89 years, establishing fantastic relationships with some amazing talents along the way. Our ledger is chock full of influential artists, actors, and designers, and we are lucky to consider most of them lifetime clients of J. Pocker. Last week when we came across Sarah Tomerlin Lee's name in the historic J. Pocker ledger, who was a famous fashion editor and interior design, who left a prominen mar on the design industry- I knew we to share her story.
Sarah Tomerlin Lee made her way to New York City in 1936 and quickly gained momentum in the fashion. For about 30 years, she shuttled between the advertising world, where she worked alongside some incredible visionaries: Helena Rubenstein, Elizabeth Arden and Leona Helmsley. She then went on to become an iconic magazine editor, where she became a colleague of major fashion figures, including fellow J. Pocker client Diana Vreeland, and Carmel Snow. She was also an editor at Vogue Magazine, and then managing editor at Harper's Bazaar. Her book: American Fashion: The Life and Lines of Adrian, Mainbocher, McCardell, Norell, and Trig 'Ere relives some key moments in her career as well as an overview of American mid-century fashion design.
Following her career in fashion, Sarah was head of the interior design division of the architectural firm of Beyer Blinder Belle from 1993 to 1997, the design firm responsible for restoring major New York landmarks such as Ellis Island and Grand Central Station. Under her leadership, the firm took charge on the interior design of over 40 hotels and inns all over the country, including the Helmsley Palace in Manhattan, the Willard in Washington and the Bellevue in Philadelphia. Other projects ranged from Canada to Australia.
These projects eventually led her to J. Pocker (here she is pictured in our store on the Upper East Side) where she worked with Marvin Pocker and our team to oversee all her custom framing, mirror, and design projects. We've heard her personal art collection was legendary! A true visionary and innovator in hotel design, Sarah definitely changed the standards for what we now consider a "luxury stay".