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BillBoard Short Hudsons Furs DIFF
Welcome-New Eden Squ-Hudsons
"Best for fifty years"
―advertising copy[src]

Hudson's Fine Clothing[1] is a clothing retailer operating out of Columbia in BioShock Infinite.

HistoryEdit

Hudson's Daily Docking Schedule
Hudson's Advertisement

An advertisement for Hudson's Fine Clothing.

Hudson's was a long-established business before coming to Columbia, but the owner found the allure of the flying city too tempting to pass up, and so brought the business to the sky. The clothing company catered to the needs of Columbia's middle and upperclass citizens and soon flourished. The retailer set up a permanent shop near the Market District next to the bank and a mobile one on a hovering island.

Like many self-propelled stores in the flying city, it travels to different locations. However, it is always scheduled to dock near the statue of Zachary Hale Comstock at New Eden Square, a popular shopping district in the city, during the hours of 8, 12, 3, and 6. In addition to selling everything from suits and dresses to cloaks and furs, Hudson's performs in-house hat cleanings and shoeshines. With its designated station so near to the Church of Comstock, the store is always very welcoming to the new pilgrims of Columbia.

BioShock InfiniteEdit

Hudsons Bargains sign
Main article: BioShock Infinite

Town CenterEdit

Moments after Booker DeWitt arrives in New Eden Square, so too does Hudson's. Inside, a citizen receives a shoeshine and who complains about incomplete landscaping problem. The store has a radio, a Voxophone, and a Kinetoscope to interact with.

Downtown EmporiaEdit

A different picture presents itself in Downtown Emporia on the pathway between the Financial District and the Market District. The store has been consumed by fire while the floor has partially collapsed into the basement. A lockpick can be found at the bottom of the bookcase at the top of the stairs.

Visiting here is required to locate the Code Book to decipher the Vox Cipher in the Bank of the Prophet. Next to the exposed piping is a crate is a Locksmith Bag along with a Safe.

New DiscoveriesEdit

Single Use EventsEdit

VoxophoneEdit

KinetoscopeEdit

GalleryEdit

Town CenterEdit

Downtown Emporia Edit

Behind the ScenesEdit

  • The complaining citizen receiving a shoe-shine appears to be based on Frederick Law Olmsted and Daniel Burnham, the designers of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair which served as the inspiration for Columbia. As detailed in The Devil in the White City, enormous effort was put into the fair, but was still unfinished on opening day. The "fountain is full of rainwater" comment parallels Olmstead's observations on the unfinished Columbia Fountain and the week of torrential rain prior to the opening.[2]
  • The song playing on the radio in the New Eden Square location is "(What Do We Do on a) Dew-Dew-Dewey Day" by Charles Kaley.
  • An early iteration of the Hudson's poster is labeled "Baxter". It is not directly seen in the game, but can be seen in the miniature Columbia model in the Soldier's Field Welcome Center or by no-clipping out of the map to inspect low-poly versions of Columbia used in the skybox.
    • The current version of the Hudson's poster is labeled "BillBoard_Fat_Baxter" in the game files.
    • PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale also features the poster of Baxter, suggesting they were provided an early set of assets to use in creating a level based off the game.
  • The Hudson's poster is based off of a clothing advertisement for the Fall and Winter 1916-1917 season.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Name obtained from docking station sign and Bradygames BioShock Infinite Limited Edition Strategy Guide, p.86
  2. Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City, p. 229

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