Kal Ruttenstein Moves to the Big Department Store in the Sky

It's a bit outside our usual zone, so we don't really have the insight to add much to the news, but longtime Bloomingdale's fashion director Kalman Ruttenstein died today. He was a fashion legend and a retail legend and genuine New York character, and, regardless of what field they work in, it always makes us happy to have old-fashioned brilliant eccentrics still calling shots in our increasingly corporate city. He was 69, the cause was complications from cancer, and now Bloomie's is, sadly, a bit more like every other store in the world.

Bloomingdale's Ruttenstein Dies at 69 [WWD]