Our History

The Product | The Name | The Donkey Cart | Buying Trips | International Recognition | Manufacturing in Bermuda | End of Manufacturing | Expansion

International Recognition

The calypso store became internationally recognised after a visit from Fleur Cowles, fashion editor of Look magazine.

Fascinated with the merchandise, she contacted Bonwit Teller, the NY 5th Ave department store who asked that Polly fly over with a suitcase of samples. Bonwit Teller placed huge orders and advertised the Calypso line with huge ads in the NY Times.

Polly struggled through a personal appearance at the opening because she had contracted malaria while working in Jamaica but she saw first hand the great sales success before needing to be admitted to Roosevelt Hospital. After her recovery, she was inundated with orders from Neiman Marcus, Saks, Henri Bendel, Lord & Taylor, Abercrombie & Fitch and Barneys. Calypso fever began to infect the rest of the world.

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