|Selfridges' Department Store|
What really intrigued me during my search and discovery of Selfridges' history was the PBS special entitled, "Secrets of Selfridges". The special is a tribute to the Department Store's adaptability, innovation, and excellence, let's not forget Harry Gordon Selfridge, who's legacy remains a world leader in fashion and experience.
Remarkable, isn't it? The credits, headlines, and pedigree continue and yet......I want to take you back to nearly the beginning of the Selfridges' legacy......
For London’s women it was particularly liberating. For the first time they could go out alone and still be respectable and comfortable. Incredibly, Selfridges was the first ever store in Britain to provide women’s toilets. Soon the suffragettes, campaigning for the female vote, found a key ally in Selfridge and his store. Selfridge also broke down entrenched British class barriers. His innovation of discounts and the bi-annual sale are taken for granted now. In 1910 it had upper class ladies and working women scrambling for the same goods. He took the risk of bringing cosmetics out of hiding and placed it right by the ground floor entrance.At this time in history, Selfridge seemed to key into the needs of women and I'm quite sure our amazing cabin trunk (in stock at FMF Compagnie) was used by those same women in London who had a need for travel accessories.
Imagine how stunned Beth and I were to find the trunk's original key, with the Selfridges' tag still intact!
When it comes to great design, Beth and I agree, using something today that comes with such amazing history and significance adds to the charm of our homes.
Like the Selfridges legacy reminds us, give your home elusive quality and be steadfastly glamorous!
You can find this trunk along with a great selection of steadfastly glamorous antiques and vintage pieces on our website: www.FMFCompagnie.com.
And now, it's your turn! Please share your story with us! Is there a wonderful trunk or train case that you use in your home? Do tell! We'd love to hear about it!