NEW YORK — Two years later, retailers are still commemorating 9/11, yet taking more minimalist approaches in the form of window tributes and moments of silence.
Saks Fifth Avenue will have its Fifth Avenue windows draped in black and the words “With Remembrance.” The store’s corner windows will contain floral arrangements. In addition, Saks is running a tribute ad in The New York Times. “We’re also having a a moment of silence in the store for our associates,” said a spokesman from Saks.
Barneys New York is installing memorial windows in its Madison Avenue store for the day, while at Henri Bendel, American flags will hang in the windows adjacent to the store’s front entrance.
“We’re observing a moment of silence in all of our Bloomingdale’s stores across the country,” said a spokeswoman from the retailer, also noting this would be done at 9:50, just before the stores open.
Macy’s was honored on Tuesday by the New York City police museum for its charitable contribution. The retailer donated $100,000 to the “9.11 Remembered” exhibit.
On Aug. 28, Bergdorf Goodman unveiled its Sept. 11 memorial. The three windows on 58th Street house an art installation by New York City-based artist Manju Shandler, which honors the victims of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
While retailers in New York are marking 9/11, none will close for part of the day, as they did last year, when some retailers didn’t open until 11 a.m. or later to give their employees time to remember the event in their own ways.