Hedda Kleinfeld Schachter Dies at 99; Built an Empire of Tulle and Satin

She was a savvy businesswoman who helped make her family's bridal business into a successful enterprise.

Hedda Kleinfeld-Schachter, who, with her husband Jack, built an empire of tulle, satin, and bridal products known as Kleinfeld’s, a bridal superstore which for decades attracted women from around the world to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn in an unlikely location, died March 29, 2009, in Manhattan. She was 99.

Robert Schachter, Robert's son, said that the cause of her illness was an intestinal obstruction.

I. Kleinfeld & Son was a formal name for a family-owned business. It was originally a small fur company started by Isadore Kleinfeld, the father of Ms. Schachter. It was Miss Hedda Schachter and her husband, who was known by his initials J.S. but was known as Mr. K., who turned it into the largest and most renowned bridal emporium of the world.