Harriet Selwyn

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Selwyn, Harriet
January 18, 1931 - October 18, 2012
Harriet Selwyn passed peacefully in her Beverly Hills home surrounded by loving family and friends. She is predeceased by her beloved daughter Jane Cohen. A native New Yorker, Harriet found freedom in a move to Los Angeles in 1971 where she developed a high concept fashion collection called Fragments. It was a capsule grouping of 7 components, washable and wrinkle-free, ingeniously merchandised in a soft tote for easy portability of multiple wardrobe options for an on-the-go modern woman. Harriet pioneered the one-sized "system of dressing" concept as well as instore videos and graphic "how-to" charts. She also created seminars at participating retailers to promote her philsophy "Keep It Simple**Keep It Comfortable**Make It Beautiful"...and that she did! In addition to career success, Harriet was a successful human devoted to friends and family, an avid collector of people, a partymaker extraordinaire and a supportive mentor to design talents that included LA's Peter Cohen, Rozae Nichols, Cynthia Vincent and the late Willi Smith. She will be missed by her two brothers Freddie and Steve; her sister-in-laws Marcia, Jane and Sandy; nieces Fran, Jennifer, Miranda, Tracy and Isabella; nephew Dylan; the rest of her loving family and the wide circle of friends who became her family.
A private memorial will be held. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Hospice Partners of Southern California (www.hospicepartnerssc.org) in her name.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Oct. 23, 2012
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