“What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.” ― Gabriel García Márquez
I began this blog as a way to pay homage to my grandfather, Ben Benjamin, who overcame his Dickensian childhood in London to become one of the biggest shoe men in New York City in the 1950s.
A founding partner for Schwartz and Benjamin, Inc., and later the General Manager for I. Miller Shoes, my grandfather created many innovative shoe designs, like the one featured above in this New York Times Advertisement from 1955. I grew up listening to his stories about his early start in the shoe business and accompanying my father, Arthur L. Benjamin to shoe shows. We always had a copy of Footwear News on our kitchen table and my father’s home office was lined with shelves of “one of a kind “ high end women’s sample shoes and handbags. Fascinated by my family history, I now wish I had asked more questions. What began as a place for my childhood memories about my grandfather and the shoe business has evolved to include some random thoughts and photos. I enjoy writing, but I love to take pictures, so you’ll probably find more images here than words. I’ve worked in fashion and television and now teach music in NYC. Thank you for stopping by.