Saturday, June 21, 2014

From the Los Angeles Times:

"For more than 30 years, Susan Lieberman has sold turn-of-the-century women's wear to costume designers for blockbusters such as "Titanic," to brides-to-be for their special days, to museum curators for their exhibits and to any passerby on Santa Monica's Main Street curious enough to walk into her period store, Paris 1900. But for all her customers, no matter what they bought or for what reason they came, the journey began at one place — the storefront.

A curving, hand-crafted, Art Nouveau wooden structure wraps around the windows of Paris 1900's fa├žade, asserting itself among the small shops of Main Street. Just inside, three rare 1930s mannequins stare outward, dressed in elegant 1920s silk chiffon dresses and broad-brimmed summer hats. In 2012, the city of Santa Monica designated as a city landmark the historic Biedler-Heuer Building where Paris 1900 is located and named the window a Main Street "familiar visual feature," protecting it for a long time to come.

But the same is not true for the inside. The classic shop is in the process of liquidating its items for closure, as Lieberman prepares to retire. The store's rare collections could be gone by summer's end."

See the full story here.


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