If you’re ever in San Francisco you have to visit Union Square. While there, don’t only pay attention to the big, huge, stores in the square but wander down the side streets and check out some of San Francisco’s institutions such as Gump’s. Great department store for gifts, home decor, furniture, tableware, jewelry, and more.
Just One Gump’s
While Gump’s has seen big changes over the years, our devotion to exquisite craftsmanship and international designers and artisans remains just as strong today as it did 150 years ago.
In 1861, the Gump brothers, Solomon and Gustav, graced San Francisco with their mirror and frame shop. Newly minted millionaires from the California Gold Rush showed an interest in the shop and the brothers expanded their collection of old world art and new world design. S & G Gump was born—and the tradition of excellence continues today.
Our Buddha signifies change. With the beginning of a new century, the Gump brothers handed over the reigns to Solomon’s son, Alfred Livingston. Soon thereafter, the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 forced A.L., as he was known, to rebuild and restock the store. He looked to the Far East for new inspiration, sending buyers to Japan and China to find exotic rugs, porcelain, silks, bronzes and jade. Among the most prized acquisitions, a Ch’ing Dynasty gilded wood Buddha, still gazes serenely over the first floor of Gump’s. It remains the largest of its kind outside of a museum.
Synonymous with a city. By the 1920’s, San Francisco was roaring right along with the rest. Gump’s and The City had become intertwined—our store synonymous with San Francisco in its elegance, worldly style, and maverick spirit. Then in the 1950’s, Gump’s broke new ground, pioneering and launching our catalog. Now everyone could access the inspired products and refined ethos that is Gump’s. Our reach grew. Our mission remained the same.
A century and a half in the making. Today we’re a leader in direct-to-you shopping with an award winning catalog and website showcasing everything from exquisite jade and freshwater pearls to the best in cut crystal, tabletop design, and home décor. Shoppers around the world can experience the singular and memorable shopping experience that San Franciscans have known for almost 150 years. After all, there is just one Gump’s.