Lord & Taylor is not only at the forefront in
fashion but they also set significant trends in the
retailing industry. They were the first retailer
with the vision to move to Fifth Avenue – and the
first to install an elevator. They were also the
first to open a branch store, the first to develop
the concept of offering personal shopping services
and the first to create Christmas windows for pure
delight rather than selling merchandise, a tradition
that continues today.
And, perhaps their most
significant first is that Lord & Taylor was the
first store to have a woman as president. Dorothy
Shaver was a visionary who made an impact on the
emerging American fashion industry by showcasing the
work of the
American designers who truly shaped American
style. Claire Maccardle, Bonnie Cashin, Norell,
Pauline Trigere, Luis Eztevez and Vera Maxwell all
made their debut in their Fifth Avenue windows.
Since 1826, Lord & Taylor has built a reputation
for service, for quality, and most of all, for
style. By creating a unique mix of the latest trends
and the timeless classics, they have become the
favorite store of generations of shoppers.
The windows of their flagship location on Fifth
Avenue have been making an impact on the New York
fashion scene for more than 90 years and that
influence is only going to grow stronger
as they continue to renew and re-energize Lord &
They are very proud of their tradition for
defining American style and they will most
likely continue that tradition by continuously
redefining classic with a distinctly modern edge.
Lord & Taylor company thinks shopping should
be an enjoyable experience, and they are always
looking for new ways to enhance that
experience. They have introduced new shopping bags
and boxes, they have added to their list of customer
services, and they are continuing to bring you the
best assortments of the designer names you want as
well as their own enhanced exclusive lines. They
have made shopping easier by editing their
merchandise assortments with you in mind.
Lord & Taylor is a subsidiary of the oldest
commercial corporation in North America, the
Hudson's Bay Company.
On July 16, 2008, NRDC Equity
Partners announced that it had purchased the
338-year-old commercial corporation The Hudson's Bay
Company for an undisclosed price, with the intention
of expanding internationally. HBC operates nearly
600 stores under four banners from coast to coast.
The Hudson's Bay store in Toronto is the largest
store in Canada at nearly 1,000,000 square feet
(93,000 m2) making it also one of the largest stores
in the world. The combined company today consists of
Hudson's Bay and Home Outfitters in Canada, Galeria
Kaufhof in Germany, and luxury banners Lord & Taylor
and Saks Fifth Avenue in the United States.
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