Jim Shulman: The Paris shop was the go-to place in Pittsfield for ladies’ fashions | History


The Paris shop was opened in Pittsfield in 1921 by Abraham Schwartz and his stepfather, Isadore Koblinsky, on North Street. It operated 58 years, becoming one of the city’s most popular local apparel shops. 

In the 1950s and 1960s downtown Pittsfield had over 100 retail businesses, with the bulk of them apparel stores.

One of these that always puzzled me, at least for its name, was The Paris shop. The store was a small family-run operation that stocked the latest in women’s outfits, dresses, skirts, blouses, sweaters and more.

My mother and sisters were frequent customers for the latest fashions. Many of my classmates got their high school prom gowns there and eventually their wedding dresses as well.

The store was popular and the salespeople were helpful people. One of my friends recently shared when shopping for her wedding gown in the 1970s, she picked out a beautiful dress and the clerk quoted her a very reasonable price.

My friend gave a deposit and when she returned, she learned the wrong price was given. The correct price was nearly four times the amount she was quoted. Despite the error, the store owner made good on the original offer.

This owner was Abraham “Abe” Schwartz, who was not only a nice guy but a hard-working and honest businessman and the uncle of my close friend, Rhoda Pomerantz. Abe was originally from Tarnow, Poland, and came to this country in 1910 at the age of 10.

His mother, Pauline, a young divorcee, wanted to find a better life and place to raise her son. They settled in Chicago where she met and married a skilled tailor named Isadore Koblinsky. He and Pauline had three more children including my friend Rhoda’s mother, Ann.


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TikTok can’t get over huge Indiana school with fashion room, auto shop and natatorium

The size and amenities of an Indiana public high school were shown off in viral TikTok videos, and the internet is amazed.

The Carmel High School DECA club took TikTok viewers on a tour of the school, which offers plenty more than a typical high school.

Their gyms and cafeterias — plural — only touch the surface of what the Indianapolis-area school provides students. If the gyms weren’t enough, they also have their own wrestling room and natatorium, an indoor swimming center.

Carmel High School features a spacious auditorium and modern library, along with a cafe, planetarium and its own TV studio and live radio room.

The tour continued, as viewers got a peek into the school’s auto shop, wood shop and one of their many cooking rooms.″ data-ylk=”slk:A second video;elm:context_link;itc:0″ class=”link rapid-noclick-resp”A second video showed multiple symphony rooms and rooms dedicated to fashion, e-sports and jewelry.

“Might as well be its own city,” one TikTok commenter said.

“This is where movies are filmed,” another said.

The videos captured the attention of TikTok, where they were viewed more than 6 million times. They’ve also circulated on Twitter, with one being watched more than 24 million times as of Wednesday, Feb. 15.

Carmel High School has an carmelhigh-school-7151″ data-ylk=”slk:enrollment of 5,414;elm:context_link;itc:0″ class=”link rapid-noclick-resp”enrollment of 5,414 and is ranked among the top high schools in Indiana, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Carmel is also one of the wealthiest cities in Indiana, with a median household income of $115,109.

The tour was getting some commentators the itch to re-enroll in school.

“I’m 25 and I wanna go here,” one person said.

“Can I attend Carmel High School as a 20-year-old,” one commenter asked.

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Kevin O’Connor, Wine Garden and Doggy Fashion Show: Here’s what you can expect at the PA Home and Garden Show March 2-5 | Sponsored Content

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If you’re heading to this year’s PA Home + Garden Show, here are a few tips:

Come with a lot of questions, an empty stomach, and enough room in your vehicle to take home your plant and home decor purchases.

And come prepared to be inspired.

After a two-year hiatus, the PA Home + Garden Show returns to the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg March 2-5 under new management and with a new emphasis on offering fun, educational and inspirational experiences.

Gone are the days of strolling through row after row of vendor booths. Today’s customers want something more, says show manager Jenna Naffin of Marketplace Events, the new producer of the PA Home + Garden Show. Marketplace Events produces over 75 similar shows across the country.


“We know what the trends are in renovations and focus our features on it,” Naffin says. “It’s really about learning what the customer wants.”

It’s also about helping show exhibitors find new ways to reach those customers – not just a table and chairs, but a product to touch, to feel and experience.

With that in mind, visitors to this year’s show will get to walk through professionally designed bedrooms, discover how a recycled shipping container could be the answer to much-need home office space, make their own flower arrangement, purchase plants, sample local wine and whiskey, get expert answers to questions about everything from real estate to invasive species, and meet Emmy Award-winning PBS host Kevin O’Connor of “This Old House” and “Ask This Old House.”

And much more.

The PA Home + Garden show will feature more than 165 exhibitors, covering everything from flooring, roofing and appliances to landscaping, pools and home decor. Here’s a closer look at some experiences to expect:

Pop-up Flower Market

Hydrangea Haus

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Gabrielle Union’s Daughter Kaavia Shows Off Her ‘Pretty Girl’ Walk to Model Her New Shady Baby Shop

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Kaavia James is a star (duh!), and what does every star need? Their own merch, of course! Now, Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade’s 4-year-old daughter has a brand-new collection of toddler and kid clothes in her new Shady Baby Shop — and it’s exactly as cute as you think. The mini fashionista showed off her new namesake sweatshirt yesterday, and she’s a natural.

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Shady Baby’s taking over the fashion scene, one stylish piece at a time!” the video posted to Kaavia’s official Instagram account was captioned. “The official Shady Baby shop is here!” (EEEEEEEEE!!!!) The excitement is so real.

In the video, Kaavia struts her stuff down the living room to Big Boss Vette’s “Pretty Girls Walk.” She’s wearing a Shady Baby sweatshirt, a metallic pink mini skirt, and matching pink high-tops. She holds a pink magic wand in one hand as she struts, pauses, turns, and strikes a pose. Then Kaavia turns back and walks off. She did not come to play.

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“She said this is all I’m giving you, This walk, a look back and no smile,” one person commented. “Staying true to her brand…shady baby!”

Another wrote, “It’s the confident walk & neck turn.💖😂”

“Omggggggg we have a fashionista in the house!! Looking absolutely magical!” someone else said.

Others couldn’t get over the pieces in her new collection. “Does this come in an adult 14? Asking for a friend who may/may not be a baby,” one person wrote.

“Ok so is there an age limit on who wants to be a shady baby? Just for research purposes lol,” another asked.

For now,

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Fashion icon, influencer: Who is Hong Kong socialite Abby Choi?

Less than two weeks ago, Ms Abby Choi was on the cover of fashion and luxury lifestyle magazine L’Officiel Monaco, looking glamorous in a nude-coloured gown.

By Tuesday, the 28-year-old model had been reported missing. And on Friday, her headless body was found in a village house in Tai Po, a suburb in Hong Kong.

Ms Choi, who was a fashion icon and media personality, had made a name for herself as one of the most sought-after influencers in the industry.

She had a keen eye for style and an ability to mix and match pieces in ways that made her a trendsetter. With more than 84,000 followers on Instagram, Ms Choi had fans not only in Hong Kong, but also around the world.

She was a regular attendee of Paris Fashion Week and had been featured in numerous big-name magazines such as Elle, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Ms Choi was reportedly pictured with celebrities such as rapper and producer Pharrell Williams.

“I am a person who keeps absorbing inspiration and always tries new styles. Sometimes, I also try to dress up more extravagantly by mixing and combining different looks,” said Ms Choi in an interview with L’Officiel Monaco published earlier this month.

Born and bred in Hong Kong, she had a reported net worth of around HK$100 million (S$17.2 million) and hailed from a wealthy family with business dealings in China.

One of Ms Choi’s closest friends was Ms Moka Fang, the wife of Hong Kong singer-actor Aaron Kwok. Reports say Ms Choi and Ms Fang often spent time together shopping, travelling and attending parties.

In fact, Ms Choi was a regular at the Kwoks’ mansion, and was reported to have celebrated Mr Kwok’s birthday with his family and friends.

Ms Choi had two children with her former husband,

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Shop today’s best deals at Amazon, Samsung, Kate Spade

Shop the best Presidents Day 2023 deals on mattresses, appliances, tech and so much more.

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Presidents Day 2023 may be over but the deals are still alive and well. If you missed the best markdowns yesterday, you can take advantage of extended deals right now. Whether you’re after discounts on mattresses, appliances or fashion essentials, you can save big at the likes of Amazon, Transformer Table, The Farmer’s Dog and so much more. 

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10 best Presidents Day sales: You can still save at Amazon, Lowe’s, Zoma, lululemon and more

The 10 best Presidents Day 2023 deals you can still shop

From startups to online shopping giants, nearly every retailer out there is offering extended Presidents Day discounts. Presidents Day 2023 has crazy deals on mattresses, appliances, tech, fashion and more and many deals are still available today. 

  1. Omron 3 Series Automatic Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor at Best Buy for $34.99 (Save $20.51)
  2. Adidas Women’s Essentials Fleece 3-Stripes Full-Zip Hoodie at Adidas for $36 (Save $24)
  3. lululemon Align High-Rise Pant with Pockets at lululemon from $59 (Save $39 to $69)
  4. Eufy by Anker 25C Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum at Walmart for $89 (Save $260.99)
  5. Brooklinen Full/Queen All Season Down Comforter at Brooklinen for $322.15 (Save $56.85)
  6. Kate Spade Leila Medium Triple Compartment Satchel at Kate Spade Surprise for $139 (Save $260)
  7. Whirlpool 3.5-Cubic-Foot High-Efficiency Agitator Top-Load Washer at Lowe’s for $498 (Save $201)
  8. Samsung 55-Inch QN90B Smart Neo QLED 4K UHD TV at Crutchfield for $1,297.99 (Save $600)
  9. Samsung 55-Inch Odyssey Ark 4K
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Akinyi Odongo: Fashion guru who dressed Margaret Kenyatta, Martha Karua

 Akinyi Odongo has dressed people of note including former first lady Margaret Kenyatta and Martha Karua.

When it comes to fashion, Akinyi Odongo, OGW, is a name to reckon with. She has dressed people of note, from former first lady Margaret Kenyatta since 2013, to Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua, and many other dignitaries.

When former US President Barrack Obama visited during his summit, she was the only fashion designer that participated at the United Nations and exhibited her work. Her work in fashion also saw her receive the Order of the Grand Warrior (OGW) award last year.

It shouldn’t be a surprise, therefore, that once again, she was the only individual from the fashion industry who was recently appointed as part of the newly unveiled Talanta Hela committee, but how she ended up there is a lesson in courage and in the power of speaking up.

In an interview with Standard Group’s Charles Otieno for the KTN Show, History Makers, Akinyi tells the story of how the appointment came about.

“Last year in November there was the Creative Summit that was done at the Kenya National Theatre. The CS was the guest of honour and it was a space where creatives were supposed to put in their views and talk about their challenges and the things they wanted the ministry to get involved in,” she says.

She was present at the meeting as somebody had invited her, but the more she listened, the more surprised she became – the conversation was mostly about music, yet the creative industry entails a lot more than that.

“Of course, the problems in the music industry are genuine problems and they are great concerns but then I asked myself, ‘Creative summit?’ The creative economy is quite wide – there is music,

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11 beauty trends you can buy from the catwalk

Some of the best hair and makeup looks at New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2023.

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New York Fashion Week (NYFW) has returned, and with the new collections on the runway comes a deluge of beauty inspiration for the upcoming fall and winter seasons. From slicked-back buns to smoldering eyeshadow, these beauty looks offer several hair and makeup ideas that you can easily recreate at home. Plus, the products used for each look can be found wherever you shop for beauty. Here, a glimpse into some of the beauty looks that caught our eyes so far at NYFW. 

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1. The drugstore hairspray behind the “rosie twist” bun at Christian Siriano

The "rosie twist" (seen here on model Coco Rocha) was the look du jour at the Christian Siriano Fall/Winter 2023 show.

Roses were the romantic muse behind the “rosie twist” bun at the Christian Siriano Fall/Winter 2023 show. “We were inspired by the hand-crafted floral accents found throughout the collection to echo this in the hair by creating a rose-like twist, with a ‘stem’ of hair weaving down the crown of the head, meeting the rose-like bun in the back,” Lacy Redway, Unilever stylist and celebrity hair artist, explained in a statement. 

To hold the look in place, Redway leaned on the Tresemmé Freeze Hold Hair Spray. The styling product claims to work on all hair types and textures as a means to prevent frizz and keep hairstyles intact. 

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2. The colorful eyeshadow at Prabal Gurung

Bold washes of red and orange from M.A.C. Cosmetics were used to accentuate the brows and eyes of the models at Prabal Gurung.

A sea of colors and textures strutted down the runway at Prabal Gurung, and there was a bold makeup look to accompany each outfit. Makeup artist Sil Bruinsma created three “Tribal Punk!” looks, and one of them involved a bold wash of color above

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The Guide to Eating, Drinking, Shopping and Soaking Up Culture During London Fashion Week

What to watch

“The Sleeping Beauty”

“The Sleeping Beauty” was the first ballet performed by the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House after World War II. A revival of the original staging, this repertory combines magic and fairy tale with Tchaikovsky’s tunes and Frederick Ashton’s references to Marius Petipa’s emblematic choreography.

The Royal Opera, Bow Street, London WC2E 9DD

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“Romeo and Julie”

Staged at the National Theatre, Gary Owen and Rachel O’Riordan direct the modern love story of Romeo and Julie, characters inspired by Shakespeare’s play. Romeo struggles being a single dad while Julie is working toward accomplishing her dream of studying at Cambridge. Despite being each other’s first love, being together becomes complicated when life and family enter the picture.

The National Theatre, Upper Ground, London SE1 9PX

Jim Steinman’s “Bat Out of Hell”

Jim Steinman’s "Bat Out of Hell"

Jim Steinman’s “Bat Out of Hell.”

Jim Steinman’s “Bat Out of Hell” has arrived at the Peacock Theatre. Set in a post-apocalyptic New York City, the musical’s plot is loosely inspired by Peter Pan, set to anthems “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That),” “Paradise By The Dashboard Light,” “Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad,” and others by Meat Loaf.

Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London WC2A 2HT 

What to see

Donatello: Sculpting The Renaissance

Donatello: Sculpting The Renaissance

“Donatello: Sculpting The Renaissance”

The V&A’s newest exhibition explores Italian Renaissance sculptor Donatello’s body of work — which ranges from mediums of marble, stone, and bronze to wood, terracotta, and stucco.  The show offers perspective into Donatello’s growth as an artist, from his beginnings as an assistant goldsmith to the sculptor he’s known as today.

V&A South Kensington, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

Alice Neel: Hot Off The Griddle

Geoffrey Hendricks and Brian, 1978

Geoffrey Hendricks and Brian, 1978

A retrospective on boundary-breaking painter Alice Neel (1900-1984) is taking

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Jeans4you.Shop Unveils A Stylish Collection Of Jeans For Men…

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LEWES, DELAWARE, UNITED STATES, February 25, 2023 / / — is proud to announce the launch of its latest jeans collection for men. With a wide range of styles and sizes to suit all shapes, budgets, and tastes, the store offers customers fashion-forward pieces that are perfect for any occasion. The store has something for everyone, from denim jumpsuits to jeans dungarees, and denim rompers.

Customers can find exclusive denim wear at affordable prices, including men’s red jeans , men’s biker jeans, men’s patchwork jeans , men’s embroidered jeans, oversized denim jackets for men, men’s black jean jackets, hooded jean jackets, and grey ripped jeans. In the online store, shoppers can also purchase denim overalls, shorts, pants, and jackets in men’s and women’s sizes, ranging from 28 to 44 inches. In addition, they offer stylish overalls, jean dresses, and denim skirts made of denim for women. The store also features an incredible selection of biker jeans, patchwork jeans, ripped jeans, denim dresses, long denim skirts, jean jackets, and more, available in various styles, fits, and colors, ranging from Xs to 9Xl.

‘We are proud to offer our customers an unparalleled online shopping experience when it comes to purchasing denim clothing,’ said the founders. ‘Our new collection of jeans for men features the highest quality materials and a great fit. We are confident that our customers will be pleased with our jeans’ selection and value, as well as our convenient return center and product reviews.’

The online store offers customers a unique shopping experience, featuring high-quality denim clothing in every shape, size, and style possible. Crafted with durable cotton denim in various colors and sizes, the relaxed fit provides freedom of movement and comfort. Customers can take advantage of product descriptions

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