As I was a lowly visual merchandising assistant in Furniture and Model Rooms at Bloomingdales' (Manhattan)~ it just so happened that he flew over the big pond, along with Andree' Putman and Jacques Grange- to create some model rooms back when the store still had them.
These model "rooms" were a huge draw- and Barbara D'Arcy had been the one who came up with the concept- a four times a year proposition! That certainly kept me and the rest of the furniture visual staff busy! Mr. Pinto was born in Casablanca, Morocco. I recall him being in a wheelchair at the time we met, and oozing a kind of charisma not often seen. At the same period in time, Ivana Trump was often seen shopping in the Manhattan Bloomingdales, and I loved her in a red suit with her bright blonde French twist bouffant. She oozed 80's glam! The excitement! The sizzle!
After work, I would then walk to the Vertical Club for my work out, and there I would see Donald Trump, (with his trainer) - Brooke Shields, Mary McFadden, Fabio, and Dr. Ruth ! All working out together with little old me! Sometimes, as I was leaving the gym, I'd see Mr. Trump leaving also, and sliding into his long black limo. Can I tell you- I loved it then and I love it now! Looking forward to my next trip with Billy to the big apple! That's all for now, folks! XXOO DF