Iris Barrel was born in Queens in 1921. Her dad was in glass-and-mirror business and her mom owned a fashion boutique. Let’s say that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. At the age of 27 she married Carl Apfel. Together they launched the textile firm Old World Weavers. But that wasn’t the only thing she did during her long and interesting career. As a young women she worked for Women’s Wear daily and interior designer Elinor Johnson. Also, she took part in diverse design restoration projects, including several ones at the White House. Even after she retired in 1992, she kept working on different projects.
As we already said in the introduction, Iris Apfel was a pioneer in many ways. While other women followed the traditions (whether or not willingly), she made a difference.