“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Memphis in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Lansky Brothers

Clothier to the King

Lansky Brothers Marker (side 1) image. Click for full size.
By Judith Barber, February 5, 2013
1. Lansky Brothers Marker (side 1)
Inscription. Lansky Brothers was founded in 1946 by Bernard and Guy Lansky with a $125 investment from their father, S. L. Lansky. The store began at 126 Beale Street as an army surplus store, but gradually changed to accommodate customers interested in a one-of-a-kind look. At the time, Beale Street was the center of the African-American social and music scene in Memphis. Bernard traveled the country looking for unique product. Sometimes outrageous, always years ahead of anything else in town, many of the items were made of bright, vivid colors and silky fabrics. Lansky Brothers quickly became the fashion headquarters to musicians and the clothes savvy, including B.B. King, Isaac Hayes, David Porter, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Rufus Thomas.
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It was Elvis Presley who helped establish Bernard Lanskyís “Clothier to the King” title and allowed for global recognition. Bernard recalls looking up one day and seeing a young man looking at his windows. He walked up to greet him and told him, “Come on in and let me show you around.” The young man said “I donít have any money, Mr. Lansky, but when I get rich, Iím going to buy you out.” Bernard told him “Donít buy me out. Just buy from me!” Lansky
Lansky Brothers Marker (side 2) image. Click for full size.
By Judith Barber, February 5, 2013
2. Lansky Brothers Marker (side 2)
outfitted Elvis for his performances on the Ed Sullivan Show, Dorsey Brothers Show and the Louisiana Hayride. Bernard dressed Elvis in the Pink/Black combination, which defined the cool colors of the '50s era. The Lansky family has cultivated a legacy that is three generations now, and is still operating clothing stores in the lobby of the historic Peabody Hotel.
Erected 2011 by the Lansky Family & Shelby County Historical Commission.
Location. 35° 8.404′ N, 90° 3.217′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is at the intersection of Beale Street and South 2nd Street, on the right when traveling west on Beale Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 126 Beale St, Memphis TN 38130, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Schools For Freedmen (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hooks Brothers Photography (about 400 feet away); The Blues Trail From Mississippi to Memphis (about 700 feet away); Beale Street Historic District (about 700 feet away); Ida B. Wells (about 800 feet away); Pee Wee Saloon (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rufus Thomas, Jr. (approx. 0.2 miles away); Nat D. Williams (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Memphis.
Categories. Entertainment
Lansky Brothers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Judith Barber, February 5, 2013
3. Lansky Brothers Marker
Beale St & S 2nd St image. Click for full size.
By Judith Barber, February 5, 2013
4. Beale St & S 2nd St
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Judith Barber of Marietta, Georgia. This page has been viewed 343 times since then and 82 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Judith Barber of Marietta, Georgia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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