Kaia Gerber’s Dad Was a Model, Too


PARIS — Maybe the gods were jealous.

A storm drenched the courtyard of the Hotel de Sully, a 17th-century mansion in the Marias district, just as Cindy Crawford; her 16-year-old daughter, Kaia Gerber; and 18-year-old son, Presley Gerber, took the stage at a Paris fashion week party in September.

As the new brand ambassadors for Omega, the family was as perfectly sculpted as the allegorical figures of the four seasons, carved into the building’s facade. But there was some confusion when, after it was Ms. Gerber’s turn to speak (“Omega always takes such great care of our family,” she said), the M.C. tried to wrap up the presentation prematurely.

“There’s a fourth member of the Gerber family,” said Ms. Gerber, who had emerged as one of the world’s most in-demand celebrity models, ever since she made her runway debut in New York a few weeks earlier.

Oh, right.

Standing alongside, but almost lost amid their sheer wattage, was the family’s 55-year-old patriarch, Rande Gerber. Tall, fair-complexioned and background-handsome (think Kevin Costner in “The Bodyguard”), he exuded the patience of a man who was used to being overlooked.

Mr. Gerber, a former model, took the mic and, with the modesty of a supporting player, thanked Omega for employing his family. “Because now I can retire,” he said, to polite chuckles. “They’re all working.”

The family at a party for Omega in Paris. Kamil Zihnioglu/Associated Press

In fact he may have been one of the richest men at the party.

Casamigos, a tequila brand that he created with the actor George Clooney and the developer Michael Meldman, was acquired last June by Diageo, the multinational beverage giant, for $700 million to $1 billion. The deal was a new high in Mr. Gerber’s successful career as a night-life entrepreneur, which began in the 1990s with a string of hip bars, with the Morgans Hotel Group, that defined an era.

Source: The New York Times