Barbara Anne Warner, a well-known merchant in Southampton and New York, died of cancer on Jan. 27 at Calvary Hospice in the Bronx. She was 65.
“She had wonderful taste and style and also had a great instinct for business,” Calvin Klein, one of her former colleagues and a friend, said.
Ms. Warner was the owner of H Groome, a luxury lifestyle shop on Southampton’s Main Street. Opening her store in 2001 brought to fruition her dream of living full time in Bridgehampton, where she had bought a house in 1983.
Born to Dorr and Anna C. Warner on May 28, 1946, in Binghamton, N.Y., she graduated from Skidmore College with a bachelor’s degree in government. She taught for a time, but then found her true passion in retail merchandising, a career that began at Bloomingdale’s.
Climbing the retail ladder, Ms. Warner worked for Bonwit Teller and then Barneys New York, where she served as senior vice president and general merchandising manager from 1980 to 1986. Retaining those titles, she moved on to Bergdorf Goodman and then was a vice president at Calvin Klein.
Her friends said she was happiest poolside in her Maple Lane, Bridgehampton, backyard on a carefully chosen chaise longue, although her life’s travels had taken her all over the world.
Ms. Warner is survived by her mother, a brother, Dorr W. Warner, a niece and a nephew, and by many close friends and colleagues.