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Our History

Saks Fifth Avenue was the vision of Horace Saks and Bernard Gimbel, who operated stores independently on New York's 34th Street at Herald Square in the early 1900s. Their dream was to build a store that would become a symbol of fashionable, gracious living. On September 15, 1924, Saks Fifth Avenue became the first large retailer located in a primarily residential district. By offering the finest quality men's and women's fashions, and placing an emphasis on exceptional customer service, Saks Fifth Avenue became the byword for taste and elegance.

Saks Fifth Avenue has had a rich history as a fashion innovator: from selling ski equipment in the 1930’s to launching Estee Lauder’s cosmetic line in the 1940’s; from decorating the 1969 White House Christmas tree to introducing saks.com, our on-line shopping experience, in the summer of 2000. In 2007, Saks Fifth Avenue started 10022-SHOE, the designer shoe salon so big, “it has its own ZIP code.”  With the opening of our first prototype Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH store in 1992, we began to further expand in the off-price luxury business, offering value-priced designer clothes and accessories.

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