A Fashion Trend Starts It All
In the 19th century, hoop skirts were all the rage and brothers Joseph and Lyman Bloomingdale catered to the demand in their women’s wear shop located in New York's Lower East Side. This was the first item the retailers carried at a time when shops just offered one type of clothing. In 1872, the Bloomingdale brothers started to think bigger. They decided to carry a wider selection of items, including stylish European designs. The concept of the “department store” was born with the opening of their East Side Bazaar.
By 1886 the brothers moved their store uptown to its present location, which featured large plate glass windows. The displays were innovative for the time, showcasing just one or two pieces of merchandise as props in a scene. Bloomingdale’s holiday windows are legendary and tourists and locals alike flock each season to see the beautiful and artistic scenes on display.