Linda Bretti, the President of Linda Richards Inc. always knew she would be a designer. Since high school, she was determined to make a mark in this industry and impact the way women dress in the United States. Being a member of the B. Altmans Junior Fashion Board was a launching pad to what would become a lucrative career in the world of fashion.
Her first true foray into the fashion world was at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York where she won the prestigious Lucille Coleman Scholarship for Excellence in Fashion Design & Merit in Textile Science.
While at the Fashion Institute, Linda worked at Barney’s New York where she started in Designer Men’s Wear. Her responsibilities grew at Barney’s and with her keen sense of design and focus on customer service, she landed an opportunity to work as a personal shopper for famous Americans and to be a merchandiser for daytime TV dramas as well as a major motion picture.
After the Fashion Institute of Technology, Linda was accepted into the Executive Training Program at Bloomingdale’s where she eventually helped to open up Boulevard Four. Linda worked for the most part in women’s fashion as an assistant buyer focusing on the designs of Calvin Klein, Anne Klein, Jenny, Complice and Missoni. She also worked closely with Donatella Girambili developing a designer business in White Flint near Washington D.C. for Bloomingdale’s and co-bought one of the first collections for Donna Karan.