RIP Loehmann’s


It’s been quite the day. First we find out that a fault line runs under Hollywood and now we hear news that the discount retail chain Loehmann’s is closing up shop permanently. In memorandum, I asked Los Angeles magazine staffers to share their most memorable Loehmann’s purchases and what they will miss most about the 93-year-old outlet when it’s gone (a liquidation sale is now underway). Here’s what they had to say:

From our Marketing Department:
“Ahhh I’m so sad! Been texting with my bff in NJ about it all day. I used to scour the Back Room for Catherine Malandrino pieces as every once in a while I could find something great. I will never forget a Poleci red and white trench I bought at the store on La Cienega. It became my go-to spring jacket for many years. Still have it. Still wear it. Think it was $79.99. The rust cord blazer I’m wearing today also came from there. Can you tell I was a loyal Loehmann’s girl? Countless hours in that store…and countless dollars spent. And the sales! I lived for those, especially around the holidays, and can’t forget the 15% off birthday discount!

From Our Online Department:
“Every time I stepped into Loehmann’s, usually with a steal-searching friend in toe, I was hunting for something for a special occasion—on a budget. And each and every time, I walked out with new underwear instead. Why? They carried Honeydew, a brand I know my size in (skipping the dressing room is key) and at a price that made picking up something new a must. I also loved rummaging through the store’s bag and wallet bins. A little bit of luxury for a little bit of dough always goes a long way.”

From Our Editors:
“I liked Loehmann’s. For me it was all about the hunt. And they did certain things really well. I could always find high-end designer jeans for a reasonable price and they had good shoes. I bought a pair of grey patent leather, pointy-toe Coach flats there that I loved.”

“I’ll remember a pair of nude, embossed leather Marc Jacobs booties that I bought for a trip to New York some years ago and wore every day for two weeks, all over the city’s streets. I think I paid something like $89 for them. While bragging about them, one of my friends told me that discount stores like Loehmann’s don’t actually stock real designer brands, that they get cheaper stuff and get licenses to slap name brands on it. I don’t know if this is true, but I think of it every time I wear the boots.”

Not everyone will miss the bargain chain—this came in from our Copy Department:
“I guess my favorite purchase was a white linen Theory shirt that I found for $79. I had purchased the same top at Saks for $170. But I won’t miss the rude staff and the fact that you have to spend hours plowing through stuff to find something decent. Sorry to be negative, but it’s a lotta work to find something there.”

Whether you think it was the greatest thing to come out of Brooklyn since the Dodgers or not, it’s always sad when an institution is shuttered. To cheer you up, check out this clip starring a fellow Loehmann’s lover: