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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
Overview 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
Overview 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
Overview 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
Overview 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
Overview 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
Overview 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 10, 1950-1990

 File — Box: B097.01.0010
Identifier: B097.04.0010
Overview (1) framed photo of Fashion Bar store front; (1) framed photo of 15th annual Christmas party (1951); (1) small framed photo of downtown Greeley store; (1) large advertising copy scrapbook (1980s)
Dates: 1950-1990

Box 12, 1900-1993

 File — Box: B097.01.0012
Identifier: B097.01.0012
Overview (1) framed photo of Denver Street James Hotel, future site of first Fashion Bar store (c. 1900); (1) framed photo portrait of Jack Levy (c. 1970).
Dates: 1900-1993

Box 15, 1950-1970

 File — Box: B097.01.0015
Identifier: B097.04.0015
Overview (1) large bound scrapbook
Dates: 1950-1970

Box 16, 1938-1953

 File — Box: B097.01.0016
Identifier: B097.02.0016
Overview (1) large ledger containing Fashion Bar sales 1938-1953
Dates: 1938-1953