A time when opulent department stores and exclusive boutiques came on the scene, and the shopping landscape was forever transformed.
Today we are taking you back to the Gilded Age, a period in history marked by extravagant spending, when shopping transcended mere necessity, and became symbol of status.
The mid to late 1800s saw the rise of a new type of shop, one which existed only to fulfill the desires of a growing upper class, and one who happily parted them from their money.
These were the palaces of consumption boasting fabulous architecture, glamorous interiors, while making a grand spectacle of everything. Those who turned the act of shopping into a cultural experience.
If you’re unapologetically bougie, or just plain curious about where high society shopped during the Gilded Age, then you’ve stopped at the right video.
Without further ado, here are the 9 most luxurious shops of the gilded age.