I love the big department stores of Midtown Manhattan; I started visiting them at a very young age, when my mother would bring me to see the holiday windows, and I still shop at some of the remaining stores: Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue. (Gone, but not forgotten: B. Altman and Bonwit Teller!)
I didn’t know until recently that Saks Fifth Avenue offered its own women’s fragrance, called Paradis, in the 1980s. I have no idea how Paradis may have smelled, but the ad claims it was “an Eden of florals, of luxury and romance…”
I don’t normally slow down when I pass the various bead and trimming stores in west Midtown, but this sign made me laugh. I can never resist a reference to New York City history.
I’m sure the real story is more complicated, but still — very clever.
(This post goes out to my friend Leslie—New Yorker, historian, and craftsperson extraordinaire.)
Images: photo by Tinsel Creation; detail of postcard (1909) from the Museum of the City of New York archives, reproduced here.
I passed the Hermès flagship boutique on Madison Avenue one day last week and paused to take this photograph. I wasn’t impressed by the overall window display—I don’t really understand the connection between the stacks of books, the geological print on the seated mannequin’s dress, and the arrow—but I recognized the small sculpture perched on one of the teetering book piles.
I decided to stop by Barneys on my way home tonight, to check out the newly renovated Foundation (the beauty and fragrance level) and maybe to perk myself up with a new lipstick. I entered from Madison Avenue, passed this interesting sneak peek, and descended the steps…
It’s that time of year again, only slightly later: Barneys’ annual fall beauty bag event has been delayed slightly due to major renovations at the Madison Avenue flagship store, but you can still Love Yourself from October 15-19 .
As you can see from the mailer above, the minimum purchase to receive a gift-bag full of samples has risen yet again, to $250. Ouch. On the other hand, if you’re in New York and just need to pick up one or two little things this month, you can still enjoy experiencing the newly unveiled Foundation, the beauty and fragrance floor. I visited a few weeks ago and saw a few counters that had already been completed, and they really did look promising. I’m looking forward to getting the full effect on my next visit.
**UPDATE: For a peek at the bag’s contents, visit Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog.**
Image: photo by Tinsel Creation