Happy Holidays from Deluxe Redux!
Every Christmas season, I get inspired to decorate my tree with a theme. This year, I was feeling nostalgic and chose Marshall Field's, an iconic department store that put Chicago on the map as an international destination.
For Chicagoans, Marshall Field's was world famous for its architecture, Christmas windows displays, high-end merchandise, Walnut room restaurant and exceptional service - all the makings of an unprecedented shopping experience. Marshall Field's is also credited for many "firsts" including the first bridal registry.
Marshall Field's existed for over 150 years from 1852 - 2006. Two of the first stores burned down during the Chicago Fire in 1871 and 1877. The Marshall Field's flagship store located on State Street, downtown Chicago opened in 1914.
Marshall Field passed away on January 16, 1906, in New York City. In his honor, every State Street store closed and the Chicago Board of Trade suspended afternoon on the day of his funeral.
Marshall Field's went through a few ownership changes starting in 1982 which included Target and Macy's. The store was eventually rebranded and renamed Macy's on September 9th, 2006. I have not shopped at Marshall Field's since the renaming. To this day, Chicagoans protest the current ownership of Macy's and would love to see Marshall Field's become the landmark department store of Chicago once again.
Marshall Field's was synonymous with Christmas and was a holiday tourist attraction for both visitors and locals alike.
What's in Store
I had the pleasure of spending the day with Mr. and Mrs. Paul Brockmann in Los Angeles last weekend. Paul holds the Guinness World Record for most clothing labels in a collection and is the subject of the documentary "The Man Behind 55,000 Dresses".
I sat down with Mr. & Mrs. Brockmann for a closer look at the love story that inspired this extraordinary collection. My vintage gown pictured above is by award-winning American fashion designer Victor Joris.
Stay tuned for my future blog post. Until then, here's a short video sampling Paul Brockmann's vintage dress collection favorites.