Bonnie Glogover, business innovator and entrepreneur, conceived of the I REMEMBER BRACELET to pay lasting tribute to the memory of her adored late father, Stanley (Szlamek) Jackson Glogover, 1925 –2013, who was a survivor of the Holocaust.
Bonnie also took the declaration of “never forget” to heart, successfully lobbying the House of Representatives in 2000 to establish a National Holocaust Remembrance Day on the US calendar that is now marked each Spring. She honors her father’s memory daily through hard work, determination, and strategic thinking.
Early in her career, she traveled the nation visiting produce terminals as an executive with Produce News. In her role selling ad space to wholesalers, growers, distributors, shippers, and packers, she forged strong relationships with leading produce manufacturers.
Fashion innovation in women’s underwear is a tradition in the Glogover family. Stanley Glogover, (whose parents once ran a clothing store in Poland), invented the maternity bra and nursing bra for new mothers during his time as a leading designer in the garment industry in New York City.
Bonnie went on to patent and manufacture a versatile pantyhose called CONVERTIBLES; the first ever performance hosiery with a unique solution. Bonnie’s design developed in collaboration with her fathers’ textile know how, to offer women new options in wearing hosiery: as a closed or open toe, or at ankle-high length.
Bonnie has also patented and manufactured a line of wearable accessories called SILVERPRO that offers a revolutionary way to manage pain without medicine. The accessories utilize a fabric with built-in conductive silver yarns and carbon technology.
Today Bonnie credits her father with showing her to never give up and to always believe in her vision. Imprisonment obliterated her father's teenage years, but his survival and courage are a lesson to all those who endure genocidal regimes, that they may live with fierce will and endurance.
He would say that his time served in Auschwitz ( prisoner # 81481 ) taught him how to “Make my love useful." His words will remain with Bonnie forever. The two Glogovers shared an incredible “father and daughter” bond and Bonnie carries on her father’s legacy of making a difference in serving others.
Her websites are www.glogoverhosiery.com and www.gosilverpro.com
Philip J. Weisner
Diamond expert and jewelry designer, Philip J. Weisner, is a third generation family jeweler in New York City’s diamond district. His exclusive design of the I REMEMBER BRACELET was inspired by the railroad tracks that led to the infamous selection platforms at Auschwitz-Birkenau. However, his design is symbolic and dedicated to all victims of exile and genocide around the world, both past and present.
Philip began working in the industry some 34 years ago, at the Diamond Dealer’s Club, an internationally recognized trading floor. Running around with packages of diamonds tucked into his cowboy boots, he steadily gained a reputation for his keen eye for quality, securing a spot in the jewelry exchange until he was able to move into his first small store on 47th Street.
He built his business of Kestenbaum and Weisner on a strong foundation of acquiring and selling quality diamonds and jewelry combined with an exceptionally keen eye for design and outstanding customer service. He is known in the industry for his hands-on approach and is involved in every stage of design and production.
As the grandson of Jewish immigrants, Philip, comes from talented jewelry artisans on both sides of his family. His mother, Ella, was living in the Netherlands when the Nazis invaded. As Philip explains, “The Germans were coming to arrest people house by house, taking the Jews out.”
Despite such circumstances, Ella was hopeful, determined, and fortunate to have a mother who was an American citizen. Philip recounts that “My mother and family literally escaped through the streets carrying their 48-star American flag to get out of the town. The flag, now framed, still hangs proudly in the family home. They were able to make their way to Lisbon, Portugal, and onto boats headed to America.”
Philip’s father, Henri Michael, grew up in Antwerp, Belgium. Descended from a long line of diamond cutters, he immigrated to Cuba in 1940 to escape the war and became successful enough to run diamond factories of his own. From there he was able to reach the USA, where he met Ella. Their meeting was serendipitous, as Philip explains: “Both sides of my family were diamond cutters and immigrants that arrived during the war, but they came from very different paths and met each other here coincidentally." Today, Philip sits comfortably in his showroom on 5th Avenue, his desk covered in an assortment of designs, loose diamonds, an eye loupe to examine the qualities of gems, and a scale to weigh carats. He has known the community and the culture of the diamond industry all his working life. “It’s in my blood; it’s the fabric of my every day, whether I like it or not, and I like it!”
Philip’s creative process is marked by his respect and desire for his customer’s complete satisfaction, to realize their vision of a customized piece of jewelry. He’s committed to revitalizing the old-time relationship a customer once had with his jeweler. “Here at Kestenbaum & Weisner,” Philip says, “crafting diamonds and precious metals by hand is our specialty and is exactly how we’ve built our reputation for over 30 years. At K & W, we’re focused on creating fine, elegant one of a kind pieces of jewelry.”