Bloomingdale's - Upscale department store chain

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Bloomingdale’s is an upscale retail giant in every sense of the word. With its supremely well-located headquarters in New York City and an inventory that boasts designer brands like Salvatore Ferragamo, Diane von Furstenberg and Burberry, the chain’s focus on upscale fashion is clear. Bloomingdale’s offers apparel and accessories for men and women across many categories like tops, tees and denim for the casual folks, and suits, shirts and jackets for the corporate types. Whatever the season, one can also enjoy the great selection of accessories like gloves and scarves for the winter and sunglasses and scarves for the summer. Its shoe department is quite extensive, offering all types of footwear from known brands like Frye, kate spade and Sam Edelman. Fashion-savvy little ones, too, are in luck, as Bloomingdale’s has a kids department to round out a trendy outfit. Home products are also available for the bath, bedroom, dining room and kitchen - and any decorative item in between.

Bloomingdale's - From hoop skirt fad to department store success

Bloomingdale’s has a 19th century fad to thank - the hoop skirt. It was the hoop skirt that brought the early success that brothers Joseph and Lyman Bloomingdale needed to expand their Ladies’ Notions Shop in NYC’s Lower East Side. As the skirt’s popularity declined, the brothers started to sell a variety of garments and European fashions in their East Side Bazaar, during a time when most stores specialized in one item. A brush of luck with real estate and a move uptown near a hub of NYC’s trolley system made Bloomingdale’s flourish. Soon enough, its headquarters became a tourist attraction in its own right as well as a hotbed for designers, becoming the launching pad of now-famous designers like Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Donna Karan. Today, Bloomingdale’s still keeps its emphasis on fashion, which shoppers can still experience and enjoy in its 35 department stores across 12 states.

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