Monday, April 26, 2010

Richmond Retail (1860-1950)

There is no shortage of history in Richmond and that’s one of the things that I like most about this city… The majority of the current buildings were built in the 19th/early 20th centuries (the Ledbury showroom was built in 1866)… There has been a strong push for re-urbanization over the last 5 years and much of the buildings have been preserved and tastefully updated.. Tobacco warehouses have been turned into condos and box factories are now art galleries. The movement back downtown has been slow, but organic (there is not an TGI Friday’s within 10 miles of downtown) I’m a strong believer that we are decade away from being one of the great American cities if the push continues… (more on this to follow)

I had lunch at the Valentine Richmond History Museum a couple of weeks back and could not have been more impressed with the collection. Besides possessing one of the largest textile collections in America (think George Washington’s Cane, Robert E. Lee’s boots) there photo archive of Richmond is extensive… So as a new Richmond retailer, I thought we would give a little nod to the past and start a small collection of 19/20 century photographs Richmond men’s retailers.. the following prints are a small sample of Richmond tailors, cobblers, haberdashers over the last 150 years….

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