After a five-year battle against bile duct cancer, Carolyn Kelly passed in her New York home at the age of 60 and the industry had lost a veteran of more than 40 years. Her career began in 1974 when she became a divisional merchandise manager and buyer at Bloomingdale’s for 15 years, learning the trade as she went.
During the 90s, she became a friend and business colleague of Peter Webster, the president of Roberto Coin. Webster spoke of Kelly with great reverence, saying that “She was one of the icons of the industry.”
Her longtime friend Myriam Gumuchian expressed her sympathies, reminiscing over the times she spent with Kelly. “I am blessed to have had [Carolyn] as my friend. She will be forever in my heart, which is very heavy right now,” she said. “I will never forget our fun, crazy times together, whether at trade shows, 24 Karat (Club) events, or in my house with my family and friends. She surely knew how to enjoy life. I will miss her and her wisdom ... until we meet again!”
Kelly is survived by her three sisters, Lauren, Nancy and Suzy Kelly; her mother, JoAnne; one niece, Suzanne; one nephew, Gregory; and all of her loving friends.