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Lord & Taylor goes out of business,
ending a nearly 200-year-old legacy

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Posted By: NorthernDog, 8/28/2020 2:36:46 PM

Lord & Taylor, one of the country's oldest department store chains, is going out of business after filing for bankruptcy earlier this month. The retailer was sold just a year ago for $100 million to Le Tote, a San Francisco online clothing rental company, by Canadian parent Hudson's Bay Co. Lord & Taylor will permanently close its remaining 38 stores and shut down its website, the company said Thursday. It is currently holding going-out-of-business sales in stores and online. Founded as a dry goods store in 1826, Lord & Taylor has struggled for years. But the pandemic has changed the


194 years is quite a run. But with internet shopping and COVID, they were doomed.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: earlybird 8/28/2020 2:47:49 PM (No. 523984)
My late beautiful mother-in-law and dear friend was the dress buyer for Lord & Taylor many years ago. She had unerring taste. She got to know designers - Bill Blass was one of her favorites and she often dressed herself in his clothes. She went on to have her own shops in Kennebunkport, Maine, and Delray Beach, Florida in season. Pat Buckley was one of her customers. I heard of L&T’s decline into ordinariness a few years ago. I saw the same thing in Neiman Marcus in Houston. And in the I.Magnin and Bullock’s Wilshire stores in Southern California. We know where ordinariness takes fine stores.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Strike3 8/28/2020 3:07:22 PM (No. 524006)
Pandemic and the mostly peaceful rioting and looting.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Mizz Fixxit 8/28/2020 3:18:12 PM (No. 524013)
Did Lord and Taylor receive a pandemic stimulus from the federal government? If so, how was the money spent?
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Flyball Dogs 8/28/2020 3:19:37 PM (No. 524015)
One if my very favorite stores.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Tptems 8/28/2020 3:20:49 PM (No. 524017)
The bigger issue is that the companies are no longer their own companies. They are owned by conglomerates that drive them into ordinariness while still expecting high prices based on the legacy reputation of the original company. Decisions are made without regard to customer service or a longer term survival strategy. I bet the company would have gone bankrupt anyway because customer and employee loyalty aren’t there. A big corporation not being able to get through 6 months of COVID is an excuse. Every nickel was probably already squeezed out of the organization, even if the buyer lost their investment.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Daisymay 8/28/2020 3:31:13 PM (No. 524028)
Loved Lord and Taylor. I didn't usually go there for my everyday attire, but when I needed a Special Occasion dress for a Black Tie dinner or wedding, that was the store I went to first! #1 is right, once a high end store starts to carry what any other store might have, it loses it's "Special" status! Marshal Fields was another store that was known for it's beautiful clothing and High End Home goods. It also went to carrying things that we could find at Carsons. I'm hoping Dillards is watching and won't let it happen to them!
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Reply 7 - Posted by: AltaD 8/28/2020 3:42:33 PM (No. 524038)
Back in the 1980's and 90's, when we still dressed professionally for work, L&T was my store of choice. At some point though, L&T lost what made it special, the merchandise wasn't much better than what you'd find at a Carson's or Macy's.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: geminale 8/28/2020 3:53:19 PM (No. 524044)
In the 1980s when I was a just starting my career, L&T was my dream store, where I'd do lots of window shopping, and buy a few things. I still remember a Tiffany design umbrella I bought there, and how special it was to me. When everything started coming from China and companies went public and conglomerated all the great stores became as others have said, ordinary. You can't stay in business when your direct competition is Kohls and Amazon and they're selling exactly what you're selling for a fraction of the price, with free delivery. These days I'm shopping on Poshmark and picking up the older "vintage" fashions that were actually quality made. I guess that's the way of things, but it saddens me that these great stores will now only exist in memory.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Ribicon 8/28/2020 4:13:21 PM (No. 524053)
Like communism, massive debt only works when it's done on a large enough scale. Especially so if you can just keep printing money to pay the bills.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Deepthinker 8/28/2020 5:48:59 PM (No. 524115)
Less competition for Bozo's Amazon and more $ for his stockholders like Pelosi
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Reply 11 - Posted by: dadofboys 8/28/2020 6:29:38 PM (No. 524142)
Say hello to Wanamakers and Strawbridge and Clothier for me. :(
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Reply 12 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 8/29/2020 4:19:19 AM (No. 524415)
Very sad. I have often said we love the Royal Family because we used to dress like them. It's horrible to see men in expensive suits and they have no clue a tailor can hem the pants. We are not well dressed or well mannered today. Good thing they closed the store on Fifth Ave last year before the mayhem and pandemic.
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