Julie Lynne Zipper

World Trade Center

Defining Her Own Style

For most college students, a nice dinner out is a burrito and a beer. But not for Julie Zipper and Rick Klein, who met at the State University of New York at Binghamton. At a time when brown rice and steamed veggies were in vogue, they went to the nicest French restaurants they could afford.

Even then, Ms. Zipper had style, said Mr. Klein, who married her 24 years ago. She was a passionate shopper who bought clothes on sale just before they were cleared out, when the markdown was lowest. She wore them to Sunguard, a brokerage software company, and to parties, where she talked with everybody.

Ms. Zipper and Mr. Klein went to Europe on their honeymoon and returned with their children, 4 and 12. The children, it seems, have style, too. They were as happy in northern Italy as they were at Disney World. Their favorite food, Mr. Klein said, is salmon — the same as their mother's.

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on September 28, 2001.

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