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111 Years of Bergdorf Goodman

This year, Bergdorf Goodman is set to ring in its 111th birthday with parties, champagne and the debut of the documentary Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's. Of course, when you're 111 years old, you build up quite a history. And over the past century, BG has played host to some of the world's most glamorous people, thrown some of the most elegant parties and offered the most luxurious retail therapy to people all over the world.

In honor of its birthday, we took a look back at the life and times of one of our favorite department stores. Click through for more.

1901: A Humble Beginning

Before it became one of the world's most luxurious department stores, Bergdorf Goodman began as a tailor shop run by Herman Bergdorf and his business partner, Edwin Goodman. It wasn't on the Upper East Side, either, but much further downtown on 19th Street.

Images courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman and the New York Public Library Digital Archive

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