Friday, November 11, 2005

Lismore Hosiery…Closing Day

An appointment cancelled the other day so I decided to wonder around the Lower East Side. Lismore Hosiery ,which I had shot in the past, somehow looked different. When you considering that everytime I passed it in 15 years it always looked exactly the same, I knew something was up….Closing Day. Lismore had occupied the same address for 68 years, I don’t think they ever changed the window display in all that time. Inside was just an empty shell of the once flourishing business but like most of the garment businesses in the LES they simply cannot keep up the the times. What amazed me inside were all the little details like the roll top desk in the back room, the wheel covers on the rolling ladders, the ancient adding machine and the smell. It was the exact same smell of my grandma’s house. I don’t know if it is the smell of old wood, old buildings or old people. I felt really lucky to have been there to record the last day of that business. One day I will show these photos to my daughters and show them how New York use to look.


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  1. TimSalmon

    November 12, 2005 at 4:20 pm

    What precisely was the business of Lismore Hosiery and what made it unique/noteworthy?

  2. The Sartorialist

    November 12, 2005 at 5:24 pm

    Lismore did hosiery wholesale in the Lower East Side of New York for years. The only thing that made it unique was that they hadn’t touched their window display in about twenty years. I took photos of the window display a while back and posted them recently.

  3. Anonymous

    November 14, 2005 at 12:29 am

    Fantastic photos. Thank you and how fortunate we are that you happened by that day.

  4. Anonymous

    May 13, 2006 at 10:01 am

    oh beautiful rolling ladder/bookshelves. love those! beautiful photographs.

  5. Heather

    December 11, 2007 at 4:45 pm

    I only just discovered your site and I love it for the mix of modern style and nostalgic empathy. Thank you for taking the shallowness out of fashion.

  6. loli

    August 14, 2008 at 1:29 am

    waow. all i can say is WAOW these photos are amazing, they just capture the feel of the whole store, i feeel like i walked in it, the old furniture is screaming in those shots!

  7. OvertheTop

    January 13, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    I worked on a film that shot a scene there in 2005 – it was a time capsule that I wish could have been preserved for all time. I used to shop there quite a bit for shows and films back in the day and could find vintage stockings that had lain in their boxes for untold years. A treasure that will be remembered.

    That dusty window display with its plastic leg used to annoy the s**t out of me, though. It was charming in a way, but typical of the craziness of the owners that they didn’t care about advertising!

  8. Anonymous

    January 28, 2010 at 12:28 am

    I love these photos. Seems like what makes them amazing is the way you look at these old worn-out stuffs. Thanks for sharing.

  9. dave

    July 9, 2010 at 12:33 am

    hehe this turned into a subway, as you showed in a later post

  10. Anonymous

    April 2, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Ahhh. Typewriters. Good times. That's when Facebook didn't exist. Good times.


  11. The Continuous Life

    June 28, 2011 at 11:41 am

    so lucky you got to be there! great to be able to capture such moments…<3

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