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Bloomingdale’s is an upscale chain of department stores currently owned by Macy’s, Inc. Founded in 1861, its primary competitors are Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys New York, Lord & Taylor and Nordstrom.Bloomingdale’s started in 1861 when brothers Joseph and Lyman G. Bloomingdale started selling hoop-skirts in their Ladies Notions’ Shop on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The pair were sons of Benjamin Bloomingdale, a Bavarian-born salesman who had lived in North Carolina and Kansas, and settled in New York City. In 1872, the Bloomingdale brothers opened their first store at 938 Third Avenue, New York City.As the popularity of the hoop-skirt was declining, the brothers closed their East Side Bazaar in 1872 in a small row house on Third Avenue and 56th Street, selling a variety of garments such as ladies’ skirts, corsets, “gent’s furnishings”, and European fashions. At the time the East Side was a working-class neighborhood with shantytowns, garbage dumps, and stockyards. Most of their customers and competitors were in the Upper West Side, and at that time most ‘respectable stores’ only specialized in one trade.Within a few years after opening the store, the Metropolitan Museum of Art opened, the new St. Patrick’s Cathedral was dedicated near the store after moving from its downtown location, Central Park was completed, and the IRT Lexington Avenue Line began construction. These additions brought wealthy customers to the East Side, who built brownstones that surrounded the new park.Bloomingdale’s current rewards program, “The Loyallist”, was launched on Monday, February 27th, 2012. The program is offered in four different “levels”, “Membership” is the lowest level, customers are issued a plastic white and purple card with a barcode on it, this level is free to sign up for.
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Bergdorf Goodman is a luxury goods department store based on Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City. The company was founded in 1899 by Herman Bergdorf and was later owned and managed by Edwin Goodman, and later his son Andrew Goodman.Today, Bergdorf operates from two stores situated across the street from each other at Fifth Avenue between 57th and 58th streets. Bergdorf Goodman’s main store, which opened at its current location in 1928, is located on the west side of Fifth Avenue. A separate men’s store, established in 1990, is located on the east side of Fifth Avenue, directly across the street.Bergdorf is a subsidiary of Neiman Marcus, which is owned by the private equity firms TPG Capital and Warburg Pincus.The company traces its origins to 1899 when Herman Bergdorf, an immigrant from Alsace, France, opened a tailor shop just above Union Square in downtown Manhattan.Edwin Goodman, a 23-year old, American Jewish merchant, based in Lockport, New York, moved to New York City to work as an apprentice for Bergdorf. Within two years, Goodman had raised enough money to purchase an interest in the business, which was renamed Bergdorf Goodman in 1901. In 1906, Bergdorf Goodman moved to a new location on 32nd Street, just west of Fifth Avenue and “Ladies’ Mile”. While Bergdorf preferred the less expensive side street location, Goodman prevailed with the new location and bought out Bergdorf’s interest in the company. Bergdorf would retire to Paris.Although Goodman had developed a good business as a ladies’ tailor on 32nd Street, in 1914, he decided to move uptown. Goodman constructed a five-story building at 616 Fifth Avenue, on the site of what is today Rockefeller Center. In 1914, Goodman became the first couturier to introduce ready-to-wear, making Bergdorf Goodman a destination for American and French fashion.The store moved to its present location at 5th Avenue and 58th Street in 1928, building its Beaux-Arts style store on the site of the Cornelius Vanderbilt II mansion. As he was unsure of the success of the new store’s location, (it was uncertain whether customers would follow the store uptown), Goodman designed the new store so that it could be broken up into sections with different storefronts that could be rented out if needed. Early tenants included Van Cleef & Arpels, the Grande Maison de Blanc and Dobbs the Hatter.During the Great Depression, however, Goodman thrived, buying the entire building. Throughout the 1930s, Goodman purchased the mortgages of the surrounding businesses, eventually acquiring the entire block.
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Lord & Taylor, colloquially known as L&T, or LT, based in New York City, New York, The USA, is the oldest upscale, specialty-retail department store chain in the United States. Concentrated in the eastern U.S., the retailer operated independently for nearly a century prior to joining American Dry Goods (later renamed Associated Dry Goods Corp.). Today, Lord & Taylor is the sole surviving department store nameplate from Associated, as well as from May Department Stores. Lord & Taylor is wholly owned and operated by NRDC Equity Partners. NRDC bought the chain from Federated Department Stores in October 2006 as Federated sought to concentrate on the Macy’s chain after their purchase of May Department Stores (with all May department store nameplates having been converted to Macy’s), and because the Lord & Taylor brand conflicted with Macy’s and especially the Bloomingdale’s brand.Following its acquisition of Lord & Taylor, NRDC Equity Partners has since acquired Hudson’s Bay Company in Canada. In 2008, NRDC’s portfolio of retail companies became components of a new multinational limited partnership, Hudson’s Bay Trading Company, L.P. On January 23, 2012, The Financial Post reported that Richard Baker had dissolved Hudson’s Bay Trading Co., and Hudson’s Bay Company would operate both Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor.Lord & Taylor consists of 50 stores and lordandtaylor.com. Lord & Taylor’s main competitors include the Barneys, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue department store chains. The company’s logo was designed by Andrew Geller, at the time working with Raymond Loewy.Since the beginning of the new decade, Lord & Taylor has shown strong signs of turning around its financial position. On September 17, 2010, Women’s Wear Daily reported in an article that sources within the company said that Lord & Taylor was looking towards its first expansion in 10 years with a second site in Westchester County, NY being sought. The Scarsdale branch in Westchester County is currently the chain’s second highest performing store (behind 5th Ave.) with annual sales between $90 million and $100 million.
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An unerring eye for what’s next in fashion. A relentless drive to exceed expectations. For more than 100 years, Nordstrom has worked to deliver the best possible shopping experience, helping customers possess style—not just buy fashion.Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer offering compelling clothing, shoes and accessories for men, women and children. Since 1901, we’ve been committed to providing our customers with the best possible service—and to improving it every day.
In 1887, at the age of 16, like many other Swedes in the late 19th century, John W. Nordstrom immigrated to the United States in search of opportunity. He was born in the village of Ale, close to Luleå in Northern Sweden. His name at birth was “Johan Nordström” which he later anglicized to John Nordstrom. After landing in New York, he first worked in Michigan. After working a series of menial jobs as he moved across the country, he saved enough money to purchase a 20-acre (81,000 m2) potato farm in Arlington, Washington, close to Seattle. In 1897, he joined the Klondike Gold Rush in Canada’s Yukon Territory, leaving Seattle with countless others. After two years of prospecting and doing whatever it took to continue, he finally struck gold, but sold his disputed claim for $13,000.Returning to Seattle with his newfound wealth, he married Hilda Carlson and looked for a business venture, finally settling on a shoe store that opened in 1901, called Wallin & Nordstrom. Carl F. Wallin, the co-founder of the store, was the owner of the adjacent shoe repair shop. John and Hilda had five children, three of whom followed him into the family business, Everett W.(1903), Elmer J.(1904) and Lloyd N. Nordstrom. By the time Wallin & Nordstrom opened their second store in Seattle in 1923, Elmer who recently graduated from the University of Washington had already had enough hands-on experience to be put in charge of its opening.
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Saks Fifth Avenue was the brainchild of Horace Saks and Bernard Gimbel, who operated independent retail stores on New York’s 34th Street at Herald Square in the early 1900s. Their dream was to construct a unique specialty store that would become synonymous with fashionable, gracious living.The combined financial input of these great merchant families led to the purchase of a site between 49th and 50th Streets on upper Fifth Avenue, then jointly occupied by the Democratic Club and the Buckingham Hotel. With the opening of its founders’ “dream store” on September 15, 1924, Saks Fifth Avenue became the first large retail operation to locate in what was then primarily a residential district. By offering the finest quality men’s and women’s fashions, as well as an extraordinary program of customer services, Saks Fifth Avenue has become the byword for taste and elegance.In August 2007, the United States Postal Service began an experimental program selling the plus zip code extension to businesses. The first company to do this was Saks Fifth Avenue which received the zip code of 10022-SHOE for the eighth floor shoe department in its flagship Fifth Avenue store. Today, the New York flagship store accounts for a significant amount of the entire chain’s annual revenue.Saks continued expanding its physical presence throughout much of the 1980s and 1990′s, resulting in Saks being saddled with a number of underperforming locations. Since 2000, Saks has closed a number of locations, including White Plains, Garden City, and Southampton in New York, Minneapolis, San Diego, Portland, Oregon, and suburban Chicago locations. Since 2010 another 10 stores have closed or are scheduled to close, including Pittsburgh (despite local efforts to save it), Denver, Charleston, South Carolina, Stamford, Connecticut, Dallas Willow Bend and Orlando which will close in 2014. Additionally, the company closed its location in Tampa, operated since 1996, in April, 2013 and its last Dallas location in June 2013 to implement the “strategy of employing our resources in our most productive locations.”
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Barneys New York is an American chain of luxury department stores headquartered in New York City. The chain owns flagship stores in New York City, Beverly Hills, and Chicago, all of which have restaurants operated by third parties. Smaller stores can be found in other locations across the United States.Brands sold include a number of high-end labels such as Saint Laurent Paris, The Row, Balenciaga, Rick Owens, Burberry Prorsum, Dries Van Noten, Thom Browne, and Bettanin & Venturi, as well as Barneys private label merchandise.The Barneys New York CO-OP is a smaller, more compact version of a traditional Barneys store, featuring an edited assortment of contemporary brands for men and women and averaging 8,000 square feet (740 m2). The CO-OP concept originally began as a department within the Barneys New York stores, and soon became their own freestanding concepts in the early 2000s. After growing to more than 20 locations throughout the US, Barneys has begun closing their CO-OP stores or converting them to smaller Barneys New York boutiques, with plans to eventually phase out the CO-OP label. CO-OP stores have been closed across the country, including in Illinois, Georgia, Michigan, and Texas.Barneys has long been known for an elitist attitude, expensive prices, and very unconventional clothing. On an episode of Friends, Phoebe, Ross, and Rachel are shown shopping at the New York City location. Phoebe mocks the environment of the store and declares, “this place is awesome. Everyone is so mean.” While Ross states he isn’t going to wear anything with silver, hair, or padlocks on it.In the season one episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, “Ted and Mary,” Larry David shops at a Barneys store in California with Mary Steenburgen and her mother and purchases a shirt-jacket recommended by Mary. Later he tries to return the shirt-jacket without Mary knowing. Larry also gets into a confrontation with the shoe salesman at Barneys after canceling an order.
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Neiman Marcus, originally Neiman-Marcus, is an American luxury specialty department store owned by the Neiman Marcus Group, headquartered in Dallas, Texas. The company also owns the Bergdorf Goodman department stores, and operates a direct marketing division, Neiman Marcus Direct, which operates catalogue and online operations under the Horchow, Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman names. In the US, Neiman Marcus competes with luxury retailers Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York, Lord & Taylor, Nordstrom, and Bloomingdale’s. Neiman Marcus is currently owned by CPP Investment Board and Ares Management.Herbert Marcus, Sr., a former buyer with Dallas’ Sanger Brothers department store, had left his previous job to found a new business with his sister Carrie Marcus Neiman and her husband, A.L. Neiman, then employees of Sanger Brothers competitor A. Harris and Co.. In 1907 the trio found themselves with $25,000 from the successful sales-promotion firm they had built in Atlanta, Georgia, and two potential investments into which to invest the funds. Rather than take a chance on an unknown “sugary soda pop business”, the three entrepreneurs rejected the fledgling Coca-Cola company and chose instead to return to Dallas to found a retail business. For this reason, early company CEO Peb Atera was quoted in 1957 as saying in jest that Neiman Marcus was “founded on bad business judgment”.
15% Off Your Entire Purchase for New Customers. Paste the coupon code: GET15OFF at checkout when you are done shopping.Founded in 1998, Bluefly, Inc. is a leading online retailer of designer brands, fashion trends and superior value. Bluefly is headquartered in the heart of the Fashion District. In 2011, Bluefly expanded its portfolio, launching Belle & Clive, a members-only shopping destination that presents highly curated selections of important brands via limited time sale events. Bluefly is a pioneer in offering the best in designer brands and fashion trends at a value customers love in an online environment that is fun to visit and easy to navigate. A guy by the name of Ken Seiff and a team of six people are the ones who founded the website Bluefly, they did so in the year 1998.As of February 27, 2013, the prices of the kids, women’s, and men’s apparel range anywhere from $10 to $150, plus tax and shipping.
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Sign up at Very,paste this code 3UMEL at checkout and get £30 Off for Orders over £60.Very.co.uk is an online department store operated by Littewoods Direct and offer “buy now, pay later” on most purchases (subject to status).Here you’ll find the latest & greatest in fab womens, mens and kids fashion. Plus homewares, electricals and our competition news!They’ve got all the top brands like G Star, Forever Unique, French Connection and Lipsy,etc. Very.co.uk changed their name from Littlewoods Direct to give a new and more modern feel to the brand name and also this now avoids confusion with their flagship brand Littlewoods.The original Littlewoods brand was a shopping catalogue and retail business headquartered in Liverpool, and was bought by the Barclay brothers in 2002.In 2009, Littlewoods Direct was rebranded as Very.co.uk, shifting its focus to online retailing and a younger market.The website launched officially in July 2009. A year later a mobile enabled version of the site site was launched, upgrading to include video and images in 2011.In the first quarter of 2013/14, mobile sales accounted for over a third of total online sales.