R.I.P. Loehmann's...

Sunday, January 19, 2014



If you are a Jewish female like me, chances are you were raised going into the communal dressing room at a Loehmann's Store. 

Loehmann's was the place I bought my first suit for my first day working at a law firm.   Loehmann's was where I  bought a whole sweater wardrobe for my honeymoon. Loehmman's was the place that I would go to buy designer dresses for parties at discount prices while getting the honest opinions of half-naked old ladies trying on sportswear. (They never lied).

Over the years,  I spent (and saved) plenty of money there buying really good luxury shoes, handbags and clothing. It was never easy (you really had to pick through the racks) but most of the time the work paid off and great bargains were had.

Loehmann's is going out of business forever.  According to The Wall Street Journal, The store is closing its 39 U.S. stores after unsuccessfully finding a buyer. They were in business since 1921.
They cited stiff competition from big discounters like Marshall's/TJ Maxx and outlet malls. I guess there is only so much actual discount designer supply to go around. 

I won't be heading over there for their going out of business sale. I hate those kinds of sales, they always seem depressing to me. People picking through the bones of a now dead store while workers who are about to lose their jobs are supposed be friendly and helpful.

You  won't see my tears because I'll be wearing my Tory Burch Sunglasses that I snagged at Loehmann's for $34.99 (retail price $200)! 

R.I.P. Loehmann's! 




3 comments:

Beth said...

It is always sad when a store that you love either goes out of business or closes their store in your town, I have had that happen several times so I know how you are feeling. I can't imagine any pair of sunglasses being worth $200.

angryparsnip said...

I have never been to Loehmann's but even I know the name. I had plenty of friends tell me about this store. Very sad.

cheers, parsnip

Pam Moore said...

This is really very sad. But your deal on Tory Burch sunglasses- NOT SAD AT ALL! Seriously, though, I just read a fascinating book- totally not the type of book I would normally read, but you might appreciate it esp in light of Loehmann's closing- "The Wal-Mart effect." It described what Wal-Mart has done to the world economy in a really readable, interesting way. And just so you know what kind of reader I really am, right now I am reading the latest Bridget Jones novel "Mad About the Boy."

 
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