Wednesday, November 10, 2010

RIP Bonwit Teller

Long gone are the days we head into town to spend the day at the Fancy Department Store. With online shopping and clothes fresh off the runway, we no longer have to look to the department stores as Titans of the Fashion Industry.

Although Saks, Neimans and Bloomingdales still exist, one of their kind has gone the way of the dinosaur. Bonwit Teller was a hip, happening store in New York, founded in 1895. Andy Warhol even designed their window displays in the 1960s! How groovy. Sadly, they declared bankruptcy in 1990. But their styles live on in the world wide web, and also on television; our very own Joan Holloway took a job at Bonwit Teller on Mad Men!

Here are some of my favorite Bonwit Teller styles:

Navy Nurse Peacoat by Bonwit Teller on Pink Suitcase Vintage.
Bonwit Teller designed the naval overcoats for the nurses during WWII. This one is in great shape! The epaulets on the shoulders and the eagle engraved on the buttons make this a one of a kind find.

1940s vintage Bonwit Teller flecked wool riding jacket by allencompanyinc on Etsy.

And finally, poor Joanie forced to work at Bonwit Teller after quitting her job at Sterling Cooper because she thinks her fiance is going to be Chief Resident. Fabulous dress, though.

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