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10 Brand Names Gone, But Not Forgotten

Merry-Go-Round/Chess King
If you were a fashionably dressed teen in the '80s you probably relished a trip to the mall. Girls would head to Merry Go Round to pick up their Cyndi Lauper-inspired fashions (fingerless gloves!) and the boys would load up on whatever they thought their pseudo-Valley Girl would like (skinny leather ties!). If the outfit was really, like, oh my god, radical, it would be off to Glamour Shots to be immortalized in soft focus.

Fashion is fickle and styles constantly changing. Most retailers are able to adapt by rotating merchandise. But Chess King (which actually had been around since 1968) and Merry Go Round, owned by the same parent company in their later years, seemed trapped in the amber of the New Wave era. Once the market for parachute pants, suspenders and Velcro wallets dried up, so did their sales, and they went out of business in 1996.

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