Bernard Lansky, who along with his brother Guy founded the famous clothier Lansky Brothers, has passed away. Their store opened at 126 Beale St. in 1946 and quickly became a favorite of celebrities. Perhaps the most famous customer was Elvis Presley who became a loyal shopper when he was just a teenager.
Judy Lansky said, “Bernard was an influence in style for one of the most famous entertainers of all time. Bernard’s popularity was created from dressing this one man, who became famous, but his legacy has been solidified by more than 65 years of customer service to people from the Mid-South and around the world. Bernard was most proud of being a part of the inception of the Memphis music heritage. Besides dressing scores of musicians and performers from across American culture, Bernard built stores and worked tirelessly to keep his customers looking sharp. Within the last few years, he was honored with his own Bernard J. Lansky Street sign on Beale Street, The Peabody Hotel’s Duck Walk of Fame, and an Historical Landmark was officially placed by the Shelby County Historical Commission for Lansky Bros. contribution to Downtown Memphis’ rich history. Bernard’s retail presence still remains with Lansky at The Peabody with second and third generations continuing his vision of bringing the latest in fashions to Memphis.” Lansky’s still operates a store inside the Peabody Hotel.
His family says Bernard Lansky died peacefully at his home early this morning. He was 85 years old. A public funeral service will be held at Baron Hirsch Synagogue at 11:00 a.m. on Friday.