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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. Touch 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. Beale Street #1 (a few steps from this marker); Beale Street #2 (a few steps from this marker); Beale Street #3 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Beale Street #4 (about 300 feet away); Schools For Freedmen (about 300 feet away); Hooks Brothers Photography (about 400 feet away);
Lansky Brothers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Judith Barber, February 5, 2013
3. Lansky Brothers Marker
The Blues Trail From Mississippi to Memphis (about 700 feet away); Beale Street Historic District (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
 
Categories. Entertainment
 
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 was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 16, 2013, by Judith Barber of Marietta, Georgia. This page has been viewed 402 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 16, 2013, by Judith Barber of Marietta, Georgia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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