A Detroit Tradition Since 1907
Fashion-Forward Styles by Emerging Indie Designers in Detroit and Worldwide
Himelhoch's Department Store is your one-stop shop for Detroit fashion. We are here to support Detroit’s rich legacy of creativity and culture. UNESCO recognized the talent in our city in 2015 because the organization designated Detroit as the only City of Design in the United States and among 31 design cities and a network of 180 cities striving to drive sustainable development worldwide. We bring Detroit's top fashion designers to you and to the global stage, where they deserve to be positioned. You can find them here, at himelhochs.com. Each designer has their own designer page in Himelhoch's® so you can discover, mix-and-match your favorite designers. You will also find their designs in our general collections.
We Curate a Diverse Assortment of Fashions by Newly-Emerging Designers
Many designers and artisans are developing cutting-edge fashions worldwide. We curate styles from Indie designers around the world to ensure exquisite quality and fabulous design. Our collections focus on women’s, men’s, and children’s apparel, accessories, footwear, and home fashions.
Himelhoch's Today Is True to Our Yesterday. Here Is How it All Began.
Himelhoch's has been family owned for 150 years. In the early 1870s, Wolf Himelhoch and his four sons settled in the thumb of Michigan, coming from Latvia. The family sold goods on a push cart they transported between Caro and Bay City, often sleeping in the same barn in which they stored their merchandise. They opened their first store in Caro in 1876. Wolf Himelhoch formed a close relationship with the Marshall Field organization during buying trips to Chicago. In 1907, with the backing of Marshall Field’s, Himelhoch's opened its first store on Woodward in downtown Detroit. We built our reputation there and in seven branch stores through 1979.
Himelhoch's is proud of our tradition of helping to launch the careers of many successful fashion designers for almost 100 years. Herman Himelhoch created the famous steamer coat for Henry Fredericks in the 1920s. Herman recognized a need for its fox collar, tweed fabric, and tubular silhouette during one of his steamship crossings to the Paris market. Himelhoch's featured the steamer coat, and its enormous success nationwide made Fredericks a wealthy man.
Charles (Chuck) Himelhoch, later third-generation CEO of Himelhoch’s, helped to launch the early career of Calvin Klein when Klein was starting out designing coats and suits. Chuck featured his coat collection across Himelhoch's stores. As Estee Lauder was launching her cosmetics line in department stores across the country, she spent a week in each store (including Himelhoch's Detroit flagship store), meeting customers and training salespeople to understand her line deeply. We have had a tradition over the years of supporting the careers of emerging fashion designers. We fourth-generation Himelhochs are excited to continue this tradition of indie-design and personal service, contributing to the current growth of Detroit's fashion design movement and providing opportunities for fashion-forward Indie designers worldwide.
Dec. 7, 2020. Charles Himelhoch (1919-2020) was our much beloved father. Kind, smart, witty, huge-hearted, and always ready to help others, he is our inspiration. Thank you, Dad.
We are currently featuring our fashion partner, MINU Jewels.
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