Ready to Wear: A History of the Footwear and Garment Industries in St. Louis

Ready to Wear is the story of two wearable industries in St. Louis, Missouri—footwear and garments, alike in their end products but drastically different in their production processes. The book takes a unique look at footwear and clothing through factual narrative, seldom-told stories, and detailed vintage images.

Through historical narrative, personal connection, and local lore, Valerie Battle Kienzle transports the reader to the Washington Avenue of yesteryear nicknamed Shoe Street USA—located in the heart of downtown. The book uncovers a surprising fashion industry hub right in the heart of the Midwest and delivers a lengthy and impressive history of renowned fashion innovators on every page.

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