Erica Wertheim Zohar
 
 

About ERICA

Erica Wertheim Zohar is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a connector. She first started American Groove, Inc., her women’s and children’s sportswear and private label clothing manufacturing company in 1995, at the age of 23. Serving as the company’s CEO, she grew the company’s brands to be sold in nearly 1,000 retail outlets, and manufactured for some of the country’s largest retailers.  

Mrs. Wertheim Zohar is currently active as an investor and advisor to many start-up companies, and serves as her new role as Contributing Editor to Town & Country Magazine.  

Mrs. Wertheim Zohar also serves as a Director of her family’s foundation, The Dr. Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Family Foundation. The Wertheim Foundation has given more than $100 million towards funding higher education, medical research, and community projects, most recently partnering with the University of Florida in its naming of the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, and Miami’s Florida International University in establishing the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and the Nicole Wertheim School of Nursing

Her family is a member of the Giving Pledge, started by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, and Mrs. Wertheim Zohar is an active member of the Next Gen Group of the Giving Pledge.

Mrs. Wertheim Zohar sits on several boards and is a long-standing member and former Chapter Chair of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).  

Ms. Wertheim Zohar's love for entertaining and educating the people around her is what she truly enjoys. Her ability to curate and connect is one that has awarded her a title as a lifestyle ambassador for luxury brands and an advocate of charitable causes. 

Another passion of hers is traveling with her family around the world. Her gift to both her children is to have taken them to every continent in the world which has given them an understanding of the countries and their people through being immersed in their culture firsthand. From hiking in the remote islands of Southeast Asia to kayaking in Antarctica, the real education is not only through the pages of a book, but through the entire sensory experience.

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TOWN & COUNTRY ARTICLES

I am very excited to be a part of the Town and Country team as a Contributing Editor. I have been reading Town and Country since I was 16 when the magazine had come to do a piece on the island I grew up going to in the Bahamas called Cat Cay. I love the magazine's modern take on luxury and lifestyle even though it just celebrated it's 172nd birthday. I look forward to highlighting everything that is "so T&C" from my home in Los Angeles as well as my many travels abroad. 

Baby2Baby Hosts its Seventh Annual Gala Despite Tragic Wildfires

BY ERICA WERTHEIM ZOHAR

Contributing Editor

In the wake of a devastating week for Los Angeles—between the Woolsey fires and the shooting in Thousand Oaks—not even the ash-filled air could keep the Los Angeles celebrity and philanthropic community from coming out to support nonprofit Baby2Baby at their annual gala, held at 3Labs in Culver City. Baby2Baby founders and co-presidents Kelly Sawyer-Patricof and Norah Weinstein welcomed a star-studded crowd to the event, including board members and gala chairs Jessica Alba and Kelly Rowland. “Tonight, with these devastating fires right here in our hometown, it’s more important than ever to support the work of Baby2Baby,” said Rowland, in addressing the attendees.

While the fires and resulting devastation were clearly on the minds of all in attendance, this year’s Baby2Baby Gala, led by title sponsor Paul Mitchell, raised a record $4.3 million dollars for the organization, which provides diapers, clothing, and other basic necessities to low-income children in need. Amy Adams was honored with the organization’s Giving Tree Award. In accepting her award, Adams noted that Baby2Baby was working overtime to help families who have been displaced by the fires. “I’d like to take a moment to send my thoughts to those affected by the fire. It’s such a reminder of the importance of an organization like Baby2Baby, who has already provided essentials to evacuation shelters for children in need,” Adams told the celebrity-filled crowd.

Town & Country's contributing editor Erica Wertheim Zohar attended the event; others included Katy Perry, Kobe Bryant, Zooey Deschanel, Anastasia Soare, Olivia Culpo, Jennifer Garner, Jenna Dewan, Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde, Ali Wong, Rachel Zoe, Sterling K. Brown, Leslie Mann and Judd Apatow, Olivia Munn, Jordana Brewster, Ryan Tedder, Sam Worthington, Rachel Bilson, Kat Dennings, Ayesha Curry, Johnny Knoxville, Lauren Conrad, Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent, Sara Foster, all pledging to donate to the organization, which has provided over 6.4 million basic essentials to children affected by natural disasters and emergency situations.

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Inside the Chanel Beauty House Celebration in Los Angeles

BY ERICA WERTHEIM ZOHAR

Hollywood and Beauty influencers converged Oscar week to kick off the four day Chanel Beauty event launching their @welovecoco instagram page at the pop-up Chanel Beauty House, a 1936 Art Deco home right on the Sunset Strip. This celebrity-studded party celebrated this new user-generated online community by adventuring into different rooms of the house that allowed the guests to immerse themselves into all things Coco. Lay on a neon pink bed and look at yourself in a mirrored ceiling, try on virtual lipstick colors through a magic mirror, bathe in a bath full of pearls, or write on a virtual mirror with a lipstick stylus, guests felt as if they were taken back to a chic time where Coco would have been there herself but with a modern twist.

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An Intimate Dinner for L.A.’s Most Influential

On Friday, October 20, an intimate group of 30 well-heeled guests joined Town & Country, Bentley Motors Inc., and Erica & Lior Zohar for a celebration of exquisite design.

Guests enjoyed exclusive driving experiences with Bentley to and from the event, as well as cocktails and live music on the patio, followed by a farm-to-table dinner on the grounds that overlooked the city of Los Angeles.

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ENTERTAINING IS AN ART

Only through experience as a host and being hosted can you really understand what makes a great party. Carefully curated to bring all types of personalities, expertise, and fun takes skill. I love entertaining and educating my friends. Using the best caterers, locations, and resources, my guests know to expect a fun time that will be engaging and out-of-the-box.  

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OUR DINNER PARTY FOR TOWN AND COUNTRY AND BENTLEY MOTORCARS

This was one of the most perfect Fall evenings. Everyone arrived in a Bentley that was provided to them for the week. A large farm table along was set on the lawn with custom blankets adorning the rose gold chairs just in case the guest became chilly. The five-course meal was all organically prepared with the best farm-to-table ingredients. Many of the guests did not know each other but had us, as the hosts, in common. Everyone left chauffeured back to their home in the Bentley they arrived in feeling like they had made new friends and learned so much from each other. 

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