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Farewell, Mr. Lansky

Thu Nov 15, 2012 5:47 pm

Bernard Lansky passed away this morning, 11/16/12, at his home in Memphis. The Peabody lobby will never be the same.

http://wreg.com/2012/11/15/founder-of-l ... tore-dies/

Re: Farewell, Mr. Lansky

Thu Nov 15, 2012 6:05 pm

Sad news indeed.

Re: Farewell, Mr. Lansky

Thu Nov 15, 2012 6:11 pm

RIP

Re: Farewell, Mr. Lansky

Thu Nov 15, 2012 6:22 pm

Oh that is sad, a crucial, crucial part of the story. Elvis defined himself with fashion before anything.

At least he got to live a long life though. I actually thought he was much older. When he and his brother opened that store he wasn't that much older than Elvis.

RIP

Re: Farewell, Mr. Lansky

Thu Nov 15, 2012 6:55 pm

RIP, Mr. Lansky.....you are missed...:(

Re: Farewell, Mr. Lansky

Thu Nov 15, 2012 7:00 pm

.R.I.P Mr Lansky -

''Clothier To The King ''

Re: Farewell, Mr. Lansky

Thu Nov 15, 2012 7:35 pm

Sad news. R.I.P Mr. Lansky.

Re: Farewell, Mr. Lansky

Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:35 pm

elvisjock wrote:Bernard Lansky passed away this morning, 11/16/12, at his home in Memphis. The Peabody lobby will never be the same.

http://wreg.com/2012/11/15/founder-of-lansky-brothers-clothing-store-dies/

Mr. Lanksy lived a pretty good life; he made it to 85. May he R.I.P.

http://www.lanskybros.com/

Re: Farewell, Mr. Lansky

Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:59 pm

R.I.P.

I met Bernard 20 years ago. Still have a shirt I bought. A very nice guy.

Re: Farewell, Mr. Lansky

Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:03 pm

Sad news. Rest in peace, Mr. Lansky.
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Bernard Lansky Dies today

Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:10 pm

Rest in peace

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Bernard Lansky, the Memphis retailer who helped a young Elvis Presley establish his signature clothing style of pegged pants, two-toned shoes and other flashy duds in the 1950s, has died. He was 85.

Julie Lansky, the clothier's granddaughter, said he died Thursday at his Memphis home.

Lansky started his retail business in Memphis in 1946 with a $125 loan from his father, Samuel.

After World War II, the store started selling Army surplus goods on Beale Street. When the supply dried up, he opened a high-fashion men's store, where he established his reputation as a natural salesman and storyteller.

Lansky Bros. ended up supplying Presley with the pink and black shirts and other outfits.

"It's a statement to say that he dressed one of the most influential entertainers of all time," Julie Lansky said in a telephone interview. "He knew that for any entertainer, they had to look different."

Even though his style of dress changed over the years — including sparkling jumpsuits — Presley shopped at Lansky Bros. the rest of his life. Presley died at his Memphis residence, Graceland, in 1977.

Lansky picked out the white suit and blue tie that Presley wore when he was buried.

"I put his first suit on him and his last suit on him," Lansky was fond of saying.

By the early 1950s, Lansky's shop was known as a place where a man with a taste for flash could find the styles Lansky referred to as "real sharp."

At the time, Beale Street was a hot spot for blues, rhythm and blues and jazz, and drew a colorful parade of musicians, gamblers and hustlers from the Mississippi Delta.

Presley began hanging around Beale Street as a teenager and picked up quickly on its music.

One of Lansky's favourite Elvis stories was how he first met the future King of Rock 'n' Roll. Presley was a teenager working as an usher at a nearby theatre and liked to window shop at Lansky's.

"He said, 'When I get rich, I'm going to buy you out,'" Lansky said in a standard version of the story. "I said, 'Don't buy me out. Just buy from me.' And he never forgot me."

Presley made his first record, "That's All Right," at the old Sun Studio in 1954. Before long, Presley's star was rising, and he began shopping at Lansky Bros. in earnest.

Although the Lansky brothers ran the store together, Bernard insisted on waiting on Presley personally. He eventually bought out brother Hal.

Lansky often opened the store at night so Presley could avoid drawing crowds and took outfits to Graceland for him to check out.

Lansky dressed him for the "Louisiana Hayride" and his first TV spots on the Tommy Dorsey and Ed Sullivan shows.

Eventually, Lansky became a favourite of the Elvis faithful who flocked to Memphis by the thousands for annual gatherings in Presley's honour.

Lansky Bros. kept drawing the fans even after moving in 1981 from the Beale Street entertainment district to the Peabody Hotel, a downtown Memphis landmark a few blocks away.

"We get them from all over the world. The first thing when they get here, they've got to come down to Lansky's," Lansky said.

Fans weren't his only visitors. Entertainers like B.B. King, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, ZZ Top, Kiss, and Hootie and the Blowfish also dropped by to shop and visit.

In 1997, the Presley estate opened a nightclub called Elvis Presley's Memphis at Lansky's old store on Beale Street. It closed in 2003, and the building was left unused once again.

Lansky and son Hal came out with a line of 1950s-style clothes in 2001, and one of their four shops in the Peabody was called "Lansky 126," the street number of the old Beale Street store. All four shops are open to this day.

Lansky continued working past the age that most people retire.

"What am I going to retire for? What am I going to do?" he said at age 77, in June 2004. "I get here every morning at 6 o'clock, seven days a week."


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Re: Bernard Lansky Dies today

Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:14 pm

RIP Mr Lansky, you dressed our boy good :)

elvisonline

Re: Bernard Lansky Dies today

Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:17 pm

Already posted:
http://www.elvis-collectors.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=73427

Re: Bernard Lansky Dies today

Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:22 pm

drjohncarpenter wrote:Already posted:
http://www.elvis-collectors.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=73427


Sorry

But it is sad news

Re: Bernard Lansky Dies today

Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:26 pm

Killer avatar picture, stayawayjoe.

Re: Bernard Lansky Dies today

Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:28 pm

jparsons1969 wrote:Killer avatar picture, stayawayjoe.


Thank you

Re: Farewell, Mr. Lansky

Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:49 pm

I was fortunate to have met Mr. Lansky on a couple of occasions. Just a kind, gentle man. R.I.P.

Re: Bernard Lansky Dies today

Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:21 pm

stayawayjoe001 wrote:


Sorry

But it is sad news

Yes it very sad news and don't be sorry you posted about it as well.

Re: Bernard Lansky Dies today

Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:24 pm

stayawayjoe001 wrote:


Sorry

But it is sad news

Mr. Lansky managed 85 years, we should all be so lucky. He made a lot of money in the family business, there's really nothing to be sad about. He lived a full life.

Re: Bernard Lansky Dies today

Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:36 pm

R.I.P. Mr. Lansky.

Re: Bernard Lansky Dies today

Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:47 pm

R.I.P. Bernard Lansky
Always Remembered
Always Missed
.....Clothier To The King -

Re: Bernard Lansky Dies today

Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:06 pm

RIP Bernard Lansky.

Stayawayjoe001, I nominate your avatar for best ever!

Re: Bernard Lansky Dies today

Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:07 pm

Yes, indeed, R.I.P. Mr. Lansky.

I still have a ridiculous shirt I bought from him in 1997 that made me apparently "look sharp" and that I needed to buy because "you deserve it". I never wore it because when I got home I realized I looked like a freak in it. But, in the store, it looked good and Mr. Lansky was so charming and attentive that I just had to take it.

A very nice, decent man.

Re: Bernard Lansky Dies today

Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:56 pm

drjohncarpenter wrote:
stayawayjoe001 wrote:


Sorry

But it is sad news

Mr. Lansky managed 85 years, we should all be so lucky. He made a lot of money in the family business, there's really nothing to be sad about. He lived a full life.

Try saying that to Mr Lanskys family.I doubt very much they would agree with you.

Re: Farewell, Mr. Lansky

Fri Nov 16, 2012 12:53 am

R.I.P. :cry: