Sidney Garber loved beauty, grace, and elegance. The son of a watchmaker, he launched his own jewelry store in 1946 when he was still in his 20s. His daughter Brooke stood behind the counter as a little girl. By the time Brooke was a teenager, Sidney Garber was an elegant boutique on Michigan Avenue in Chicago.
Sidney Garber was known for his extraordinary eye. He brought great rigor and attention to detail as he worked with unique artists abroad to create the jewelry he sold exclusively. He instilled in Brooke that same love of design, detail, and fine execution as she traveled with him to the great ateliers in Milan and Paris. Sidney remained deeply involved in the business until well into his 80s.
In 2008, Brook Garber Neidich inherited Sidney Garber Fine Jewelry. Today, she continues her father’s tradition. Times have changed since that first store opened in 1946. Today, Brooke gives all her profits to non-for-profit organizations dedicated to children’s mental health, the arts, racial justice, and ending gun violence. In 2015, she was elected to the CFDA, The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc.