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another was shopping for clothing "off the rack" so to speak.


I don't know how widespread it was, but some of the most major stores in the major cities sold clothes off the rack, so to speak, as early as the end of the 17th century. I'm not sure when exactly they began implementing this practice, but the Echigo-ya (predecessor to Mitsukoshi department store) was established in Kyoto in 1673, and in Edo sometime later, and is known for doing things this way. Could have been fairly widespread by the 1860s...
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