In 1891, Siegmund Harzfeld and the Parisian Cloak Company introduced a new era of commerce and fashion to the residents of Kansas City. Women no longer needed to make lengthy and expensive appointments with dressmakers to maintain the latest fashion trends; the ready-to-wear movement had begun!
Join historians Joe and Michele Boeckholt as they uncover the story behind Harzfeld’s department store, from its first offering of coats, blouses, petticoats, and furs to the beloved Petticoat Lane flagship location and regional network of satellite stores. With archival photographs and memorabilia, personal narratives and interviews, and a wealth of local and historical knowledge, the history of this local landmark franchise is revealed, one seam at a time.
|Publisher:||History Press, The|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Joe and Michele Boeckholt are both practicing graphic designers living and working in the Kansas City metro area. Originally from Iowa, they met at Iowa State University in a foundations drawing class, and relocated to Kansas City after graduating from the College of Art and Design. Joe and Michele share an appreciation for local history, popular culture, and the visual arts. The pair can be found exploring the city’s antique shops, flea markets, and other collectible outlets.
Joe and Michele first started researching and collecting items related to the Harzfeld’s specialty store over ten years ago. They acquired ephemera that originated from the estate of their 1940s display director, Erasmus (Raz) Beall. They were fascinated by the history and impressed by the style of the fashions, ads, and displays.