Yvonne Beecher has lived in Greenwich most of her life. And that’s how she became director of marketing, publicity and style for Rogers & Goffigon, which specializes is selling beautiful wools and linens to the design trade. “Jamie Gould [one of the owners of R&G] and I met at Eastern Middle School in Greenwich, and we’ve been friends ever since,” said Yvonne, who went on to study illustration and textiles at the Rhode Island School of Design.
While Yvonne worked in New York as crafts editor at Woman’s Day, James Gould and his business partner John Flynn began their textile company in Greenwich. “As they started getting busy Jamie asked me to help him out, so I worked part-time for his company,” said Yvonne who continued working in the city for various crafts magazines. “I used to be a knitter, but now I mostly sew,” she said. Yvonne makes tote bags, which are snatched up as gifts by friends.
After 9/11, Yvonne decided the New York City was no longer the place for her. Jamie Gould and Jack Flynn were happy to have her back working full time at Rogers & Goffigon, and their new company, DeLany & Long, which sells distinctive fabrics for outdoor applications.The company has expanded during the 20 years it's been in business and now has showrooms in design centers throughout the company.
“When I’m not working, I love competitive cycling,” Yvonne says. This past summer, she joined a group of cyclists on a trip to Corsica and Sardinia. “We rode 350 miles of mountains in 10 days. I was totally out of my comfort zone, with people I didn’t know, but I had a wonderful time. It was a beautiful trip!”