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STEPPING DOWN: Saks Fifth Avenue’s longest-serving employee, Nena Ivon, is retiring after 53 years at the Saks store on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, where she started as a sales associate in “debutante sportswear,” now called contemporary sportswear, rising to fashion director and last serving as manager of special events. “I’m not going to tell you my age, but I started at Saks in 1956 when I was in high school,” Ivon said. “I want to write a book about what I have done over the years and the fun I had with designers, the store and the city of Chicago. Retail is retail. It hasn’t changed. We still sell clothes, but how we do it is different.”

She introduced many top designers to Chicago including Norman Norell, Stan Herman, Carolina Herrera, Ralph Lauren, Oleg Cassini and Emilio Pucci, typically staging fashion shows to sell clothes and support charity. Among her most memorable events was a Christian Lacroix show in 1989 in the lobby of 190 South Lasalle in the financial district. “He decided he didn’t want to use live models. I didn’t know this until a week before,” Ivon recalled. “He wanted mannequins on a stage, in 50 outfits, on live was extraordinarily dramatic.”


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