In retail history

field_leiter__co-_later_marshall_field_building_by_j-_bullock“The formal opening by Field, Leiter & Co., of Potter Palmer’s new marble palace on the corner of Washington and State streets, last evening, was the grandest affair of the kind whichever transpired, even in Chicago, the city of grand affairs,” reported the Chicago Tribune about the opening of the Field, Leiter & Company’s new store on Chicago’s State Street on October 12th, 1868.

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The shops, the service and the charm of Old World Retailing

France - By David Monniaux - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

France – By David Monniaux – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

I just returned from a trip to Europe.  My travels took me to Paris to Reims to Lyon and finally, Geneva.  While the purpose of my trip was personal, I did take the opportunity to visit a number of retail stores and boutiques while traveling.

Over the next few weeks, I will be posting about some of the shops that I visited and the things I observed in the old world.

Je vous invite à lire les messages à venir.

(I invite you to read the upcoming posts.)