July 21, 2014 § 1 Comment
When we were kids I remember my dad telling us he had worked on the 75th floor of the Empire State Building. It wasn’t until a few months ago when I started this blog that I learned some of the details. A couple of the articles that I found on my grandfather mentions my dad working for Golo Footwear as a stylist. Perusing the trade magazines at the Library of Business and Science here in NY I came across the advertisement below. It matches a tie clip I found when I was looking through his things while visiting my mother.
Established 1915 in New York City, Golo Footwear is best known for their patent white go-go boots made famous by Barbara Streisand.
July 16, 2014 § 8 Comments
This summer I find myself in midtown quite a bit. When I’m walking around Grand Central I’m reminded of The Man in The Gray Flannel Suit. If you’re not familiar with the film, it’s based on the novel by Sloan Wilson and written in 1955. The film starred Gregory Peck and Jennifer Jones. Read the full synopsis here.
July 14, 2014 § 3 Comments
This summer the trend seems to be stripes, and in this post I pay homage to Bill Cunningham. I found trying to snap pictures of New Yorkers, who always seem to be in a hurry – not easy. The fact that he’s still doing this in his 80s on a bicycle is truly amazing.
July 13, 2014 § 2 Comments
Growing up on the Gulf Coast of Florida there wasn’t a lot of surfing going on. But we still had one surf shop and we lived by the beach, so we spent a lot of time in flip flops or zoris which is what my dad called them. I remember when Surfing Thongs became popular. There was nothing that had that cushiony feel when you walked. They were light, but thick. I loved them. Now that summer’s here and we’re getting ready to make our annual exodus from the city to visit Grandma in Florida I find myself reminiscing about the first time I tried a pair on. How unusual they seemed from the regular flip flops we would get at the five & dime store near the beach. No wonder now my favorite summer shoe is Ginger by Reef.
July 8, 2014 § 2 Comments
I’ve been spending a lot of time at the library these days looking through The Boot and Shoe Recorder magazines from the 1950′s and 1960′s. I’m hoping to match the dates to events in my grandfather, Ben Benjamin’s shoe career. Today I found a notice in the trade magazine from June 15th, 1952 mentioning his new position as the General Manager of I. Miller Shoes.