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A Tour of (What Used to Be at) Fifth Avenue's Shopping Destinations

Shirtless Abercrombie staffers now live at one of the former Vanderbilt Mansions, images via <a href="http://www.luckymag.com/shopping/2011/08/fifth-avenue--then---now#slide=9">Lucky Magazine</a> and <a href="http://www.businessoffashion.com/tag/abe
Shirtless Abercrombie staffers now live at one of the former Vanderbilt Mansions, images via Lucky Magazine and

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Ever wonder what used to live at the home of Fifth Avenue's Juicy Couture before tacky sweatsuits did? Lucky Magazine took a tour of Fifth Avenue and pointed out where some of the neighborhood's most famous buildings used to be, before they became the stores that they are now.

For example, the building that Bergdorf Goodman resides at was formerly just one of the Vanderbilt mansions. The aforementioned Juicy Couture is also in one of the Vanderbilt houses—"The Triple Palace"—both of which saw their fair share of fancy parties and now see their fair share of fancy and not-fancy clothes, respectively. Moving further down the block, Louis Vuitton is appropriately housed in a former French Neo-Renaissance style building that was once known to have very ornate windows. Now, not so much.

And then some are less appropriate, like another Neo-Renaissance building that has been turned into an Abercrombie & Fitch. Yep, what was once Corinthian columns and grand arches is now the brand's flagship of shirtless staffers drenched in cologne. To educate yourself further, check out the rest of the slideshow here.
· Fifth Avenue: Then and Now [Lucky Magazine]

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