1985 – 1996
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Merry-Go-Round was the darling of Wall Street and the suburbs where Jessica sold $70 rayon shirts for minimum wage plus commission. Its 536 stores comprised Merry-Go-Round, Dejaiz, Cignal, and Chess King, the latter an acquisition made a few years before its demise. One blogger called the apparel “faux upscale” and wrote of the chain’s merchandise, “the cheesiest, sleaziest, ugliest and most eye-searing ’80s clothes you could possibly find. Velcro closures? Check. Mesh designs? Check. Excessive use of leather? Check. Odd-colored thick v-neck sweater vests? Check.”

  • Want to pay your last respects? Add a memory or pee on the gravestone?