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Remembering Brenda French – March 24

March 24, 2018 @ 11:45 am - 2:45 pm


March 24, 2018
11:45 am - 2:45 pm
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Please join The Trusteeship for an informal “Celebration of Life”

for long time member, Brenda French.


Trusteeship member, Sandy Gooch, and her husband, Harry Lederman, have arranged for a luncheon for Trusteeship members who would like to celebrate the colorful life of Brenda French.
The luncheon will be held at the California Yacht Club (CYC) on Saturday, March 24 in a private space in the main dining room which will begin at 11:45 and end at 2:45.
We hope you will come dressed in your favorite French Rags outfit in celebration of Brenda.
Payment information is below.

Please advise Julie about your attendance four days before the event (March 20th) so she can let the club know the headcount.

Saturday, March 24
11:45am – 2:45pm
California Yacht Club (CYC)
4469 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
The CYC will bill each attendee individually. The lunch menu is attached here for your reference and please know these prices do not include tax and gratuity which will be added at the CYC.
The club accepts MasterCard and Visa only.
 Brenda’s story is the classic American dream story…born of women who worked in the factories in England, and in two generations, became the Owner and CEO of her own knitwear design company.
Brenda was born in the Manchester area, where her grandmother and great aunt had worked in the woolen mills. They were hired, at lower wages than the men, and had the advantage of smaller hands, so they could more nimbly fix the machines that jammed or broke down.
Brenda came to the US in the 60’s, ultimately settling in Los Angeles. She designed and manufactured in her own factory in West LA, turning out great clothes for decades that graced many a red carpet and many a high-placed woman (including Hillary Clinton, who as First Lady wore French Rags to a State Department Dinner at The White House).
She joined the Trusteeship in 1995, and any time thereafter, a good number of our members could be seen in the array of brightly colored jackets that Brenda had created.
Brenda moved to Santa Fe in 2010, but kept her ties intact to The Trusteeship up to her passing on December 2nd from complications of cancer.
She is survived by her son Nicholas. To read Nicholas’ full message and Brenda’s obituary, please click Here.
Also, find a beautiful tribute letter from Hylan Booker, Charlotte Schiff Booker’s husband who worked with Brenda for many years. Click Here.

“When I joined The Trusteeship, I had spent my whole life in government service and nonprofit organizations. The Trusteeship has introduced me to previously unfamiliar worlds (corporate, military, film, international) and the wonderful women who populate them, and in the process helped me better appreciate their work and my own.”

– Ruth