The Beginnings of Saks Fifth AvenueThe Saks chain operates over 50 branch stores across the U.S. but the flagship location on Fifth Avenue is a retail institution. Its history of offering high-quality merchandise and an elegant shopping atmosphere dates back to the early 1900s, when two independent merchants joined forces to open their dream store. Horace Saks and Bernard Gimbel ran separate shops in New York’s Herald Square on 34 th Street and decided to pair up in order to make their retail vision a reality- an upscale specialty store that sold high-quality apparel and offered superior customer service. They bought a site on upper Fifth Avenue between 49 th and 50 th Streets and opened Saks Fifth Avenue on September 15th, 1924. Click to book your Fashion on Fifth Avenue Shopping tour.
A New VisionAdam Gimbel, Horace Saks’ assistant and the cousin of Bernard Gimbel, became president of the store when Horace died suddenly in 1926. He had a vision for Saks Fifth Avenue which he brought to life by redecorating the store in a new design inspired by the opulence of the 1925 Paris Exposition. Gimbel was determined to keep Saks Fifth Avenue special and searched all over the globe for unique and quality merchandise to offer its customers. Gimbel not only made Saks Fifth Avenue a special and luxurious place to shop, but he turned Saks into a retail empire with many locations across the country.
Shopping At Saks Fifth AvenueThe main floor of Saks features jewelry, accessories and an amazing selection of cosmetics and fragrances, from La Mer and Laura Mercier to Clarins and Clinque. Designer sportswear can be found on the 2 nd floor and high-end designer apparel as well as the fur salon is located the 3 rd floor. Looking for the latest Christian Louboutins and Manolo Blahniks? Head straight to the women’s designer shoe section on the 4 th floor. Things get a bit more casual on the 5 th floor, which houses women’s denim and a selection of contemporary activewear and accessories. It’s all about the men on the 6 th and 7 th floor, which features men’s clothing and accessories including formalwear. The men’s selection is often said to be the best in New York. The 8 th floor features the bridal salon and wedding registry, as well as home furnishings and giftware. There is also a cafe with a great view of the city on this level. Up on the 9th floor, customers will find lingerie and petite fashions, and a plus-size collection is located on the 10 th floor.
Visiting Saks Fifth AvenueNothing says New York like Saks Fifth Avenue. This luxury New York department store is located right across from Rockefeller Center and is legendary for its style and service.
Location: 611 Fifth Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets, New York City, NY, 10022
Click here to visit Saks Fifth Avenue official website.Published On: 2016-10-10
Updated On: 2016-10-10
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