Murray Pearlstein

We are saddened to announce the passing of a member of our family this past Sunday April 21, legendary Louis owner Murray Pearlstein. In the late 1960s, Pearlstein transformed our iconic store (founded by his father and uncle) as a buyer by importing Europe’s premier designers. In the 1990s he consolidated Louis’ several Boston area and Manhattan outposts into the monumental building on Boylston Street, formerly home to the Museum of Natural History. Over the years Pearlstein was the recipient of numerous international awards for Louis. He was widely respected by his colleagues and was known internationally as a “buyer’s buyer” for his keen and discerning eye for quality and craftsmanship. His innovation has made a lasting impression on the industry.

5 thoughts on “Murray Pearlstein

  1. Giovanni Contrada

    Giovanni Contrada
    Today 04:08 AM
    As a former employee of Louis, Boston I had the privledge to work with Mr. Pearlstein for nine years. He was a visionary leader in a field populated by followers. He never rested on his laurels and always demanded the very best from his staff. To this day I’ve incorporated many of the lessons he espoused during his morning recitations on style, fit and most definitively his keen awareness of attention to detail. I will be forever grateful to have worked for and learned from a man I can easily call a legend. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Pearlstein family and all those who loved him.

  2. Michael Lydon

    It is with great sadness that I enter these comments. I worked for Louis for about two months before they moved from the shop on Boylston to the old Bonwitt building across the street. I was a young kid who knew nothing about the history of fashion but who was thirsty to learn from the best. Mr.Pearlstein(he preferred Murray but I felt that he deserved that reverence), was always so kind to me always asking me questions about which fabrics and patterns I liked and why. He was the most stylish man I had ever seen. One day we got the word that Calvin Klein was coming to the store and everyone was on their toes,about this fashion giant visiting Louis. I remember thinking our boss is THE fashion giant in my eyes. Mr.Klein arrived at the store amid much fanfare from the staff. He then proceeded to follow Murray on a tour of the store with the same starry eyed gaze as I had the first time I spoke with him. May God bless him and his family. He was a giant of the garment trade. But he was a better person.

  3. robert sauley

    Ah truly a Boston icon . Made a man feel at his best every time you shop at his store . Never met the man but through his selection of style and elegance a timeless signature we can all remember.

    His spirit is to live and God bless his soul..

  4. Roy Johnson

    I was so saddened to hear about the passing of Murray. He was a leader, a mentor and a great guy. I am humbled to say I was able to work with his team at LOUIS. When I decided to leave LOUIS I called Murray and asked to have a meeting. In his office he quickly asked “Whats this about” I told him that I had decided to leave for a new job. “Are you sure about this?’ He then got up from his desk and took a bottle of Pouilly Fuisse (his favorite wine he said) out of a cabinet, poured 2 glasses, toasted my future and thanked me for my efforts. A truly class guy. We will miss him.

  5. Louis Coppola

    You really taught me how to dress and how to wear my clothing – I will never forget that. I remember the time you and I kept trying on various suits in the Boston store. And yes, I have the deck of cards and the clothing from that trip. I still have the NYT magazine photo (your ad) that shows the black/white tile floor in your house. You were and will always be the “truest gentleman.” I never knew – so now, I will say good-by.

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