Experince the Original Saks Fifth Avenue Opening in 1924 April 19 2022
Okay, I’ll say it. If you’re looking for a feel-good fashion experience—a real look-around-in-awe sort of moment—Saks Fifth Avenue is the place to go. Especially during the holiday season when the windows have all been magically transformed into miniature wonderlands and you could spend forever and a day watching the light show across the exterior of the building—but that’s another topic for another day. No, Saks is one of the best places to go if you’re looking for luxury and class and a touch of fabulousness.
The first Saks Fifth Avenue was opened in 1924 by Horace Saks and Bernard Gimbel back in a time when New York City’s Fifth Avenue was more of a residential area than the bustling shopping mecca it is today. Their goal was to provide the finest quality clothing and accessories available, and offer exceptional customer service; these goals have obviously remained paramount to the company’s objectives today. Since then, Saks has grown to be an international brand, with 43 stores in 23 states, and 4 leased international stores. Since then, they have also launched an online store and over 60 Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th outlet stores—and as hard as I’m listening, I hear no one complaining.
The best way to get the Saks experience is, of course, the flagship store on Fifth Avenue. If you are fortunate enough to be able to pay a visit to the store, just think about all the fashionable and trendy men and women who have walked in those same doors for almost 90 years—and then walked out with Saks bags stuffed with Gucci loafers, Givenchy pumps, and Diane von Furstenberg dresses. I mean, come on—it’s an entire city block and it has 10 floors—what could be better?!
So I guess what I’m trying to say is this—if you’re looking for me, try the Eighth Floor of the original Saks Fifth Avenue. That’s the shoe floor. It’s so big it has its own zip code. Drool.