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Fashion Bar (Denver, Colo.)

 Organization

Siblings Hannah, Jack and Edward Levy immigrated to America in the 1920s. Jack Levy came to America in 1923, headed to Denver, and began working at his uncle's business, Hilb and Company. Edward Levy reached Denver in 1925 and also started working for Hilb and Company, eventually becoming the president. After working in New York City for 20 months at menial jobs, Hannah moved to Denver in the fall of 1927. Jack started as a traveling salesman for the Hilb company and Hannah as a shop-girl at Neusteters Department store, before Jack opened a hosiery store, which evolved into the Fashion Bar Corporation. Despite the Great Depression, the enterprise flourished, and within three years, Fashion Bar grew to five clothing stores. William Weil, a distant cousin, became a salesman for the company, and in 1968, he became president of the company. By the 1980s, Fashion Bar employed over 1700 people in over 84 specialty clothing stores. Fashion Bar became the largest privately owned chain in Colorado. Hannah and Jack Levy remained involved in the business until their deaths. The Fashion Bar Company was sold in 1992. Hannah and Jack Levy remained involved in the business until their deaths. The Fashion Bar Company was sold in 1992.

Sources: https://www.immigrantentrepreneurship.org/entry.php?rec=268 (article by Jeanne Abrams (2016). Tales of a Little Trunk by Hannah Shwayder Berry. Obituaries.

Found in 24 Collections and/or Records:

Bill Weil, between 1960-1970

 Item
Identifier: B063.08.0051.00079
Abstract Formal studio portrait of Bill Weil, manager of Fashion Bar.
Dates: between 1960-1970

Bill Weil, between 1940-1960

 Item
Identifier: B063.08.0051.00080
Abstract Formal studio portrait of Bill Weil, manager of Fashion Bar.
Dates: between 1940-1960

Bill Weil, between 1940-1960

 Item
Identifier: B063.08.0051.00081
Abstract Formal studio portrait of Bill Weil, manager of Fashion Bar.
Dates: between 1940-1960

Bill Weil, between 1970-1990

 Item
Identifier: B063.08.0051.00082
Abstract Formal studio portrait of Bill Weil, manager of Fashion Bar.
Dates: between 1970-1990

Bill Weil, between 1980-2002

 Item
Identifier: B063.08.0051.00083
Abstract Formal studio portrait of Bill Weil, manager of Fashion Bar.
Dates: between 1980-2002

Box 1: Brown Leather Suitcase, between 1938-1993

 Item — Box: B097.03.0001
Identifier: B097.03.0001.00001
Abstract A brown leather suitcase with two leather straps across the sides that buckle at the top. Two metal snaps are along the side of the top and a metal latch with a lock is featured in the middle. Originally belonged to Hannah Levy.
Dates: between 1938-1993

Box 3, 1960-1990

 File — Box: B097.01.0003
Identifier: B097.02.0003
Abstract (6) file folders include: Hannah Levy; Fashion Bar correspondence; articles and clippings; employee material. (1) framed dollar bill from Boulder Chamber of Commerce; (1) News article remembering Fashion Bar in 1933 mounted on wood; (1) Jack Levy membership metal of the ADL; (1) United Airlines 100,000 mile club plaque for Hannah Levy; (1) Rose Medical Center plaque; (1) Keymatic rolodex.
Dates: 1960-1990

Box 4, 1938-1993

 File — Box: B097.01.0004
Identifier: B097.02.0004
Abstract Administrative and financial papers of Fashion Bar Inc.; (2) bound sales ledgers (1944-1947) & (1957 01965).
Dates: 1938-1993

Box 5, 1960-1990

 File — Box: B097.01.0005
Identifier: B097.04.0005
Abstract (21) Mounted photos of interior of Fashion Bar clothing store.
Dates: 1960-1990

Box 6, 1938-1993

 File — Box: B097.04.0006
Identifier: B097.04.0006
Abstract (7) file folders include: photographs of Fashion Bar buildings, events, logo images, employees, and Hannah and Jack Levy. Photos of trips to Hong Kong, Italy and Israel with Golda Meir. Also a photo with May D and F visible.
Dates: 1938-1993