Showing posts with label Kingsmills closing. Show all posts
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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Retail Therapy

It's January, and it's really cold.   And then there's the snow, and the ice....and did I mention how cold it is? 

The thought of spending the next month or two swathed in my big, black, down-filled coat, scarf, hat, mittens, and boots was incredibly depressing, so I made a financially irresponsible, spontaneous decision.  I resorted to retail therapy in order to make me feel better.  This is certainly not the first time I've done this, but usually when I feel this urge coming on, I try to satisfy it with to a trip to one of my favourite thrift stores.  This time, I bought something new, from a high-end retail store....

modelling my new Betsey Johnson, down-filled coat - it's sooooo PINK!

I had twenty minutes to spare before my hair appointment last week, so I ducked into Kingsmills Department Store to check out the winter coat selection.  Within minutes, my attention was drawn to this hot pink down-filled piece of eye candy on the rack (it reminded me very much of Krista's hair!).  The label is Betsey Johnson, not a brand I would have expected to find in a store known for "quality and classic fashion sense" in its selection of women's wear.  The sales assistants are exceedingly polite, if somewhat on the conservative side, and when I picked up the coat, one of them noted that it was "certainly an unusual coat", and that "you would certainly stand out when you were wearing it".  The sight of its glowing fuschia awesomeness in the mirror made me a little giddy, and the fact it was half-price pretty much eliminated any hesitation on my part.
 
 The lining is kinda fabulous, and it's filled with a mix of down and feathers for warmth

Photo of Kingsmills from their Facebook page

Kingsmills has been a fixture in downtown London ever since Thomas Frazer Kingsmill opened his dry goods store in 1865.  I took my Mother there about a decade ago to purchase a winter coat, and I may have purchased two or three things myself there since.  I can appreciate its tastefully elegant displays of high end merchandise (it sells beautiful furniture), and old-fashioned details like a hand-operated elevator with an attendant, and a working pneumatic tube system to send paperwork and change throughout the store.   It is also one of the last family-owned businesses left in downtown London, and to our collective dismay, it was announced last fall that the owner of Kingsmills would be putting the store up for sale.  It's another nail in the coffin of our downtown, which has been struggling to attract new businesses, and customers, for as long as I've lived here.   I'm glad I was able to buy something I really liked from the store before it closes in July.

I got my hair cut and coloured after I purchased the coat, and the bright orange and purple swirl on my head lifted my mood considerably.  It's still really cold and snowy, but for the moment, I'm feeling "in the Pink"!