Thursday, August 24, 2006

DeSoto Square Mall - Vintage Denim



Bradenton, Florida - photos March, 1974

This guy's here to chew bubblegum and wear denim--and he's all out of bubblegum!

Yeah, in the 1970s, real men wore flannel shirts and denim jeans--and this County Seat clothing store worker in DeSoto Square Mall is certainly up to his armpits in it, as he tends the Levi's stock. Apparently he's not only the manager, he's also a client.

Mall history: 1973 - present
Current website: here
Current aerial view
Previous entries: 1

(image courtesy the Manatee County Public Library Historic Photograph Collection)



10 Comments:

Blogger Kittenwtw said...

I remember stores like that! My uncle use to buy his Levis cord bell bottoms and elephant flares in a store like that!

Thu Aug 24, 07:57:00 AM  
Anonymous didi said...

I miss County Seat. They were a great place to buy clothes. I still have and occasionally wear a dress I bought there ten years ago.

Thu Aug 24, 11:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Matt said...

County Seat was one of the larger 'jeans' chains, but I also recall Just Pants and Chess King as national names.

These were very popular in the mid/late 1970s / early 1980s. County Seat ceased operations in 1999 after struggling to stay afloat for a few years prior to closing.

Thu Aug 24, 02:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Rob said...

George Lucas would feel at home.

Thu Aug 24, 03:39:00 PM  
Blogger Steven Swain said...

Looks like some sort of denim leisure suit in the second picture.

Sat Aug 26, 12:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Heidi said...

All you had to say was "County Seat". I agree with Didi, I remember buying clothes there. Awesome photos. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

Wed Aug 30, 11:31:00 PM  
Blogger Chris Sobieniak said...

I miss that Levi's logo. :(

Fri Sep 01, 02:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is so weird, I live in Bradenton and that is our mall! I remember in the mid to late 80's going to that very county seat! of course it looked different, and probably closed about 10 years ago. That mall sucks now though, all these ucky cheap stores.
Erin - Bradenton

Mon Sep 04, 07:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MAY BE YOU OR SOME ONE CAN CLEAR THIS UP DID A GIRL GET MURDERED IN ONE OF THE FIRE EXITS IN THIS MALL IN THE EARLY 70'S I WORKED THERE FOR ABOUT 10 YEARS AND ON MORE THAN 1 OCCASION SAW WHAT I BELIVE ARE GHOST IN THIS MALL

ANTHONY
OLD STORE MANAGER OF AUNTIE ANNE'S DESOTO SQ MALL

Sat Feb 21, 03:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was wondering what happened when the store disappeared in the local mall and was replaced by American Eagle about ten years ago. I liked the clothes from there when I was a kid. By kid, I mean a teenager. In fact, I'm wearing a shirt from County Seat right now ca. 1995. Can't go wrong with a plain black T that refuses to wear out! That's why I looked it up...wondering what the heck happened. Ah well, things come and go as they say.

Tue Sep 22, 07:29:00 AM  

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