how much I hate shopping at "The Mall". I used to enjoy shopping at department stores, but now I avoid them like the plague and will only step foot in one if I am desperate. Franklin Simon was one of the original department stores in New York. The main store was established in 1903 at Fifth Avenue and 38th St. Other store owners laughed at Mr. Simon's choice of opening so far uptown where "no one would shop." Mr. Simon's goal was to import as much of his merchandise from Europe as he could for his discerning customers. The Franklin Simon chain of stores closed in 1979.
The ad shown above is from 1956. "Franklin Simon translates the relaxed refinement of American living with elegant simplicity....turns separates into a magnificently integrated costume!" The cashmere sweater wtih contrast bands came in yellow with gray, champagne with white, or gray with white in sizes 34- 40. Sold for $32.95 in 1956 (about $274 in today's dollar.) The wool flannel skirt came in gray or champagne and was available in sizes 10-18. Sold for $19.95 in 1956 (about $166 in today's dollar.)
If I knew I could walk into a department store today and find this coordinating sweater and skirt displayed together and in the high quality fabrics used in the 50s, I would not hesitate to hand over my credit card. Alas, I know it is not to be. If I find a cute cashmere sweater, the quality will be crap. And I will have to search through the entire store for any skirt that I might possibly find to go with it. Ugh. No thanks.