Iris Apfel is in the news so often these days that I thought it’s high time for us all to get to know her better and profile her on this site. She is a perfect example of how you can still be very active and hip at old age. It’s hard to believe that Iris Apfel is already 93 years old!
Born Iris Barrel in Astoria, Queens, New York, Apfel is the only child of Samuel Barrel, whose family owned a glass-and-mirror business, and his Russian-born wife, Sadye, who owned a fashion boutique. She studied art history at New York University and attended art school at the University of Wisconsin. As a young woman, Apfel worked for Women’s Wear Daily and for interior designer Elinor Johnson.