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The glory of department stores - Mary Kenny

Regulars | By Mary Kenny

Toby Morison illustration

Le Bon Marché in Paris, which opened in the 1850s, was the first modern department store and Mary Kenny longs to shop there again

It was sad to see the closure of Debenhams, with the loss of so many jobs. The department store, as an institution, no longer aligns with modern habits of shopping. Even before the pandemic, that trend was apparent. Every fashion has its day – but the department store should be recognised as having played a key role in the emancipation of women. ...


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