RETAIL TRADE: No. 3 for Hoving

In a gilded age when sables were a princess' best friend, the nation's best place to buy sables was Manhattan's C. G. Gunther's Sons. Founded in 1820 by a German immigrant associated with Fur Trader John Jacob Astor, Gunther's not only combed Siberia for the finest sables, but bid in the London market for the finest ermine, sent its agents across Canada on the lookout for mink. Even men coveted the Gunther's label. Gunther's long operated the only men's fur department in Manhattan, offering coats made of every kind of fur, from...

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