Thursday, January 11, 2018

Seymour Paisin Ladies Apparel on Devon and Talman Avenues in Chicago, Illinois.

The Seymour Paisin Ladies Apparel (Seymour Paisin on Devon, Inc.) was located at 2629 West Devon and Talman Avenues in Chicago. Seymour Paisin (1912-1987) and his wife and co-founder Ruth (1914-1977) opened Seymour Paisin Ladies Apparel in 1950, and the shop closed in the early 1980s.

The Paisins began quarter-page advertising in the Chicago Tribune in September of 1951.

Only a little information is available about the store or Seymour. It was "THEE" place to shop for high fashion, second only to Chicago's Downtown.
My mom shopped there a lot! We lived 2½ blocks away, and she would take me out for a walk when I was very young. I can remember sitting in one of their big chairs and looking out the windows, watching traffic go by and people walking on Devon Avenue while my mom tried on dress after dress.
Chicago Tribune, September 13, 1951
Dress Label
Ruth & Seymour Paisin

By Dr. Neil Gale, Ph.D. 


  1. Funny, we grew up in Rogers Park, and I don't remember my mother ever going there. Downtown, yes, and Old Orchard, but never anywhere local.

  2. Very respectfully, but the shop could not have closed in 1980. I was working there that entire year. Seymour had a limited presence by then, but his son-in-law ran operations. Very elderly clientele, with saleswomen who had known many for years, in addition to one or two pretty young Russian or Ukrainian women.

  3. In the 1950's my grandmother had the dress shop directly across the street. It was Lillian's Smart Shop. Along with L Star several blocks west, the three stores formed the high fashion triangle and gave downtown competition.

  4. My Aunt shopped here probably from time it opened in 50s until she died in early 1960s.
    She and husband on N.Lakeview and then in Sauganash. Very Well Dressed Lady.

  5. In the 60’s, I remember Wally Phillips, the WGN morning radio personality, giving away scarves under the Seymour Paisin brand. Seemed that all the ladies wanted one.


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