Bergdorf Blondes was the first novel of Plum Sykes, an English-born fashion writer and New York “it girl”. It was initially published in the USA by Miramax Books, as well as in Britain by Viking, in 2004. Penguin published a paperback edition in 2005.
Bergdorf Blondes was a quirky and really successful example of “chick lit”, selling more than a quarter of a million copies worldwide. It was set among the smart Park Avenue “in-crowd” of Upper Manhattan, New York, with which Plum Sykes herself was associated as a contributing editor of American Vogue. Among the 44 private acknowledgements in Sykes’ preface, the first was of Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue who recruited Sykes from its British counterpart in the mid 1990s, now the last, the entrepreneur Toby Rowland, whom Sykes married in 2005.