From a miracle on 34th Street to malls in the 'burbs, this is middle-class America's own department store.. In Short In 1857, R.H. Macy opened his eponymous dry goods store in New York City. These days, under the aegis of Federated Department stores, Macy's anchors malls coast to coast. Crowded displays boast second-tier labels: Lauren and Polo by Ralph Lauren, Reaction by Kenneth Cole, Allen by ABS. The shoe department features many upscale selections: Via Spiga, DKNY and Martinez Valero for the ladies and Cole Haan, Skechers and basic Bass loafers for the fellas.