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Mark Shale Through the Years

Since 1929, when we opened our doors as the Al Baskin Store, the fashion industry has seen a lot of changes…and so have we. The store was initially named for our founder and later changed to Mark Shale, after Al’s 2 children. The Baskin family still owns Mark Shale today. Check out some of our favorite memorabilia.

Mark Shale In the News

October 24, 2014
Mark Shale, a Chicago retailer that closed in 2012 after 83 years, announced the launch of a personal shopping and advice site. The new website,, will cater to both men and women by identifying en vogue pieces and links to places where customers can buy the looks.
Mark Shale Launches Personal Shopping, Advice Site (Fierce Retail)
Mark Shale Launches Advice Site (Women's Wear Daily)
The well-known Chicago retailer, which had an 83-year run before shutting down in 2012, has launched, a fashion advice and personal shopping site for men and women. The site identifies what it believes are trend-right pieces and links to places where customers can buy the looks.
October 23, 2014 
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Mark Shale Tries a New Life Online (Crain's Chicago)
Mark Shale, one of Chicago's most well-known clothiers for more than eight decades, went bankrupt two years ago. Now the company founder's grandson and longtime CEO is back, trying to turn the Mark Shale brand into an online lifestyle site.
October 10, 2014 
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Mark Shale Launches Fashion Advice Website (Second City Style)
Mark Shale has been a leader of the fashion industry in Chicago since 1929. Although the retail business closed in 2012, that hasn’t stopped Mark Shale at all! In August it launched its very own website,, that will offer both valuable fashion advice and personal shopping resources.
October 10, 2014 
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