Nicola “Niki” Curwin Lombardi, founding father of Provender Worldwide which imported preserves, chutneys, teas and biscuits, died at dwelling on November 14. She was 78.

Niki was born on March 13, 1940 in Crowborough Sussex, England the place her mother and father, Alfred and Rita Curwin had been compelled to maneuver throughout the bombing of London.  After the battle she was raised in London, attending college at Queens Home, Queensgate.  She continued her training in Paris at a ending college.  That is the place she turned fluent in French.   Frequent journeys to Italy together with her household made her fluent in Italian too.  She attended Industrial School in London acquiring a level in Normal Enterprise Research.  Her profession was launched with Revlon Worldwide Corp., which from 1961 to 1971 was primarily based in London and Rome, beginning on the floor flooring degree and taking up growing duties inside the export and worldwide advertising departments. 

In 1972 she relocated to New York the place she joined the Charles of the Ritz group, and remained there by means of 1980 as vice chairman of Worldwide Advertising and marketing.  She managed eleven individuals between New York and Europe and developed advertising packages for 3 manufacturers: Charles of the Ritz, Yves Saint Laurent, and Jean Nate, overseeing new merchandise, packaging, and promoting.  She was promoted to vice chairman of Worldwide Advertising and marketing.  This new place concerned worldwide touring which she liked.

She met her husband, Joe Lombardi in 1972 on a ski weekend in upstate New York.   They have been married on October 4, 1973 on the Kensington Registry in London, and held a reception at The Inn on The Park, London.  In 1975, she gave start to her daughter Lauren.  Ladies’s Put on Each day positioned a start announcement of their journal, and their headline unhappy all of it, “Chauvinism Takes a Vacation.”

In 1985 she shaped an organization referred to as Provender Worldwide, importing three manufacturers of preserves, chutneys, teas and biscuits, from her brother’s firm English Provender. The manufacturers have been referred to as English Provender, The Nation Diary of an Edwardian Woman, and The Nice British Eccentrics.  The Merchandise have been bought to specialty shops, reward retailers, and shops and mail order catalogs. In 1999 the enterprise was bought to a Chicago primarily based importer.

In 2000 she and her husband moved to East Hampton full-time, persevering with Provender by representing varied home and overseas manufacturers within the New York market.  Though Niki retired in 2015, the enterprise continues to achieve success, run now by her daughter Lauren.

Niki was a member of The East Hampton Trails Preservation Society Inc. The President’s Award was given to Niki in 2003 for arranging all their social occasions for 4 years. Marina previously of the East Hampton Chamber of Commerce requested Niki to guage the Christmas parade two consecutive years.

She is survived by her husband Joe Lombardi, her stepmother Doreen Curwin, her brother John Curwin, daughter Lauren Piver, son-in-law Andrew Piver, grandchildren Daniel and Sam Piver, stepbrothers Phillip and Jonathan Powell, nephews Ben and Daniel Curwin. 

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