Selfridges in London: Fun on PBS, Even Better in Person

  • Selfridges: A London Landmark

    PBS's Masterpiece Theater and lead actor Jeremy Piven have really showcased the drama surrounding the origins of Selfridges Department Store, the shopping heartbeat of London, and the first department store the city had seen when it launched in 1909.  Bold American entrepreneur Harry Selfridge shook up the city when he turned his vision into a bricks and mortar reality.  Today it remains a London landmark.

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  • Fragrance Hall at Selfridge's

    The fragrance hall is perhaps the closest thing to the counters one sees in the PBS show Selfridges.  In the show, the shop girls were all dressed in black, and they discreetly gossiped and giggled in the time between customers.   But when a customer approached the counter, the Selfridges staff were trained to provide top-notch service and present selections to touch and try: a novel concept at the time.  

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  • Selfridges Windows Remain Legendary

    Masterpiece Theater played up the fact that Harry Selfridge was a true innovator when it came to merchandising.  Harry's commitment to spectacular window displays changed the world of retail in London and around the world.  Today, the windows at Selfridges are no less amazing, always surprising, and are seen by 125,000 people per DAY.   Pictured here is a window from the store's "No Noise" campaign.  

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  • Menswear feels Modern in Historic Setting

    Although the Selfridges building is historic, its interior is a pleasing blend of old and new.  Rich architectural details occasionally allude to the building's 100+ year history (and remind Masterpiece viewers of the show's first episodes, when Selfridge was looking for investors and then building his store).  But today's interiors are very modern, as evidences by the menswear department.   

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  • Men's Shoe Department

    Selfridges provides a luxurious setting for its customers, including the gentlemen who come in to peruse shoes in the world's largest mens shoe department.  The view is London's famed Oxford Street, one of hte busiest shopping streets in Europe, and lying in the Village of Westminster.  Selfridges is also the second largest store in the UK.    

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  • Womens Designer Galleries

    Internationally renowned fashion designer Alexander McQueen, who sadly took his life while at the apex of his career, is one of the British fashion designers whose lines you'll find in Selfridges designer galleries.  Another good bet might be Stella McCartney's line (and yes, her dad is THAT McCartney).  

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  • Selfridges "Beauty Hall"

    The London store's 'Beauty Hall' is the most successful in the world.  Women from around the globe regularly patronize Selfridges makeup counters, knowing they'll find quality products and the superior service for which the brand is famous.  The  MAC brand sells more product in the London store than anywhere else in the world.   The Beauty Workshop offers 15-minute blow-outs, spray tans and hair extensions.

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  • Sheer Luxury: Personal Shopping

    In the Selfridges TV show, each senior department head acted as a personal shopping assistant, as we saw in the episode where the King of England actually came to shop while the store was closed to the public.  Today's version of manager Mr. Grove (on the show) hires dedicated personal shoppers to help recognizable customers    (think royalty and celebs) and any shoppers who want to splurge on the service.  Lavish dressing areas are included.

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  • World's Largest Shoe Department

    Although married to a woman he loved, Harry Selfridge was allegedly quite the ladies man, if we're to believe the monogamy-challenged character that PBS and actor Jeremy Piven present.  The American tycoon portrayed in Masterpiece theater would have, no doubt, preferred to occasionally check in with the ladies patronizing his shoe department.  It holds 100,000 pairs of ladies shoes, os which 7,000 pairs leave the store weekly.  

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  • Men's Shoe Department Trumps All

    What man, fashion-conscious or not, could ultimately resist the department which caters to his comfort?  Selfridges makes shoe shopping a luxurious experience for the gentlemen who visit.  It offers 250 brands . . . over 120 exclusive product styles . . . and the luxurious option to order bespoke (custom) shoes, making Selfridges a must-do for men across the globe.  

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  • Selfridges: A London Landmark

    Harry Gordon Selfridge's legacy lives on today.  His baby becoming world-famous was always the plan, so he'd be delighted at the store's longevity, success and recognition.  Any trip to London should include a stop at Selfridges.  After all, the store's window displays are a major attraction for Londoners.  Find yourself hungry? Selfridges even has 13 restaurants, cafes and bars.

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