Delman Shoes…..Dorothy Draper..and Mom

14 Nov

Updated with a few photos

retail fix

Delman now there’s a name that’s been around. It conjures visions of  Bonwit Teller, Franklin Simon, Kelly Kitt and other “Specialty” women’s stores of the post war era. Elegant stores with mezzanines, tea rooms and millinery departments with personal dressing tables. These were the shops that [under protest] my mother dragged me through as a child. Little did I know that 50 years later I would be trying to recreate that ambience.I remember the chandeliers, elaborate plaster embellishments, bold stripes and hand painted birds on the ceiling.

The black uniformed sales women who carried their own receipt pads and always referred to clients as Mrs. or Miss.who never spoke above a hush.”Is this going to be cash or house charge?” Would you like this delivered? Is Madame planning to wear this tonight? That’s all a distant memory in retail history, yet when the name Delman popped up recently in a clients shoe store…

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