Harding, Howell & Co.

Harding Howell and Company's Grand Fashionable Magazine was an 18th-century department store at 89 Pall Mall in St James's, London. Open from 1796 to 1820, it could be considered a forerunner of the modern department store.[1]

Harding, Howell & Co., a contender for the title of first department store in the world

The shop was divided into four departments, selling fur and fans, fabric for dresses, haberdashery, jewelry and clocks, perfume and millinery.[2]


  1. ^ "A history of the department store". BBC Culture. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  2. ^ Christopher Breward; Edwina Ehrman; Caroline Evans (2004). The London Look: Fashion from Street to Catwalk ; [published in Conjunction with the Museum of London Exhibition, The London Look: Fashion from Street to Catwalk, 19 October 2004]. Yale University Press. p. 24. ISBN 978-0-300-10399-1.