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Jt Christmas Shopping at.'BROWN'S…


Jt Christmas Shopping at BROWN'S of CHESTER I By a Young Lady of Fashion. I have been spending a short holiday lately with friends in Mid Cheshire, finishing up at my Aunt's house at Tarporley. It has been very pleasant, and one of my experiences has been lomewhat of a coincidence. At each of the houses at which I stayed, I was told that they got most of their things —I mean frocks, hats, and even furniture-at the same place, II Brown's of Chester." This made me quite anxious to see a business-house which evidently was well patronized, and, as far as I could judge from what I saw, not without good reason. I expressed my desire, and so my Aunt promised to motor me into Chester some Saturday afternoon. The Chester Rows have always had a fascination for me, but I had not teen them since some years before the War. However, the day arrived, and we went into Chester. I was surprised I had no idea that there was so fine a shop in the Rows as Brown's appears to'be. ♦ The windows were really very at- tractive. The hats in one of them were most artistic in design, and yet their beauty lay in their simplicity. In another window there was an attractive display of blouses, both wool and silk, and some with very pretty edging of black, terra-cotta, and yellow—a marked contrast to the white material of the blouse itself. Looking in another window I could not help remembering that someone has said: A woman's desires consist of three things-Lingerie. Lace and Lavender." The dainty confections I saw, and noticed there, were in proxi- mity to some equally dainty bottles of perfuitie in one corner, which I thought was a very skilful setting, and quite illustrative of the phrase I have mentioned. Yet another window attracted our attention. In it were the most elegant bedspreads and a number of table covers of quaint designs. I noticed that some had Dutch windmills printed on them in Wedgwood blue; everything was so dainty and remarkably moder- ate in price that we thought it might be even more interesting within, and as my Aunt is a frequent customer at u Brown's" there was no difficulty in my seeing everything I wished to, and indeed the attendants were courtesy itself. The Christmassy atmosphere was at once apparent. It is quite evident that Brown's" have laid themselves .out to give their customers every opportunity of obtaining dainty and select gitts for their relatives and friends As motor- ists, we were at once attracted by the lovely gloves suitable for motoring or driving-so warm to feel, so soft, so comfortable, that with these, one could brave the coldest weather with im- punity. Then other gloves of suede and doeskin were to be seen, equally alluring. What charming gifts And in their fancy department, such lovely lamp shades of artistic colour and quaint designs, and some set off with beaded fringe, which heightened their at- tractiveness. Handbags and vanity bags in pro- fusion, such as a duchess would covet. Some of these had tortoiseshell or ivory frames, some plain, some carved, but all equally attractive. And the sachets, which only a woman could appreciate to the full-they were beautiful. Manicure sets, so essential to every lady of taste, these were to be had in ebony, ivory and silver. This was indeed a wonderful shop, and to come within its portals was to admire and to obtain. At Christmas time our heart strings are loosed, and with them the strings of our purses. We think more of others than our- selves, and that is the real joy of Christ- mas and as I wandered round I 9 thought of the boys who were back with us again, and I thought surely they will be remembered this year by those who missed them for so long from the fireside. Be they husbands, brothers or sweethearts, there is ample opportunity here to select something for them, Attache cases, note-books, letter-cases, crocodile and pigskin bags, dainty silver ornaments of every kind. I saw some sweet little silver candle- sticks which would look just lovely on a writing table-there is no lack of gifts for the boys." In France, Christmas Day is called the day of new clothes," from an old French custom of giving those who belonged to the Court new clothes on that day. In the time of Louis IX. it is recorded that u at the chapel door each man received his new cloak, put it on, and went in." Messrs. Brown's is the place for new clothes for Christmay Day There are some frocks and dresses so delicate that they cannot be shown in the window, only, inside. Well, I have seen such things both in London and Paris, and I hardly expected that the ancient city would vie with the Capitals in this respect. We were shewn such wonderful dresses, suitable either for dinner or dance occasions. The designs were perfect the dresses were dreams of loveliness, in all colours, so vapoury in their look, so silky to touch, that I really did wonder if the people of this City of Chester knew what was within their reach. It WAS a climax to our little tour. My Aunt made quite a number of purchases, end at a moderate expenditure. I imitated her, I have so many gifts to bestow at Christmas, but I am quite py about it-I think that I have chosen. the right things-I know that I have chosen good things of good material and of one thing I am quite sure— I shall tell all my friends that if they want real good value in their Christmas shopping, well,—TRY II Brown's of Chester." LOUISE. 34-40 Eastgatc Row, RROWN Ar Cn I trl.