Laurie Haspel Aronson



Laurie Haspel Aronson is the President & CEO of Haspel, a family-owned, fourth-generation business of menswear started by her great-grandfather Joseph Haspel, Sr. in 1909 in New Orleans, credited with inventing and popularizing the seersucker suit.  Today, Haspel is sold at the nation’s top men’s retailers and at  Laurie is also the President & CEO of Lipsey’s, a family-owned sporting goods wholesaler, and is active on several community boards, both locally and nationally.



2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
State Capitol, House Committee Room 5
Milk and Sugar: The Complete Book of Seersucker

3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


Milk and Sugar: The Complete Book of Seersucker

Bill Haltom's definitive guide to the quintessential Southern fabric covers all things seersucker. From the origins and history of the seersucker suit to the many different ways, places, and reasons people wear it, Milk & Sugar has it all. Haltom dives into traditional ways to wear the puckered fabric as well as the unconventional styles of today. Along the way, he also chronicles the celebrities, politicians, and average people who champion seersucker fashions. There's something for everyone — longtime fans as well as newbies will enjoy Haltom's anecdotes and history lessons, and that doesn't exclude the ladies (an entire chapter is devoted to ladies who've made seersucker their own).


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