When General Dwight D. Eisenhower liberated Buchenwald, a young prisoner from the Czech Republic — who'd also survived Auschwitz, where he washed Nazi soldiers' clothes — stood in line and shook his hand.
Less than ten years later, that young prisoner was making Eisenhower's suits.
And that was just the beginning for Martin Greenfield, the legendary Brooklyn suitmaker who immigrated to Brooklyn and, over several decades, became the tailor to four presidents, a vice president, Gen. Colin Powell, Michael Jackson, the cast of Boardwalk Empire, and many, many more.
"What will never go out of style?" Greenfield asked us on the floor of his Bushwick factory one recent afternoon. "A handmade suit. Quality is the key. [And] the best advertising for me is the customer. Because the minute he sits down with somebody else, for lunch or whatever, the first question is, “Where the hell did you get the suit?”
A conversation with Martin Greenfield is never dull. See pictures from the event above.
A few years ago, Sam Shank needed a hotel.
Not for a week later. Not for tomorrow. But for that night.
So he went online, and that’s when Shank — serial entrepreneur, founder of Dealbase.com, and creator of one of the largest hotel review sites on the web — realized something: there wasn’t a single service that specialized in day-of bookings. Nada. Zip. Zero.
And that’s how Hotel Tonight was born.
Hotel Tonight is an app. Their mission: provide access to last-minute hotel deals that are, natch, available tonight.
Simple. Powerful. Useful. And perfectly suited to our mobile, on-demand world.
To learn more about Hotel Tonight and the dirty laundry of the hospitality business, sign up above for your chance to attend Speak Easy. We promise you: a conversation with Mr. Shank is never dull.
Not long ago, LA’s nightlife scene was broken.
Think sweltering mega-clubs. See-and-be-seen house parties in the Hills. Smirking, slick-haired promoters flanked by girls in cheap stilettos and neon aplenty.
Whence the place with a little class? Drinks made with care? Music at conversational volume?
Mark and Jonnie Houston certainly couldn’t find it. So they built it.
First came La Descarga, a Cuban-themed joint in Hollywood. They followed that up with Harvard and Stone, Pour Vous and the sprawling, three-floored, burlesque-and-tightrope-act-toting No Vacancy.
Last month, the twin brothers at the fore of L.A.’s speakeasy movement opened their newest ode to Classic Hollywood: Dirty Laundry, an intimate, dimly lit spot on North Hudson where we’ll be chatting with them on November 11th.
Sign up above for a chance to attend. We can promise you two things: good drinks, and better conversation.
LEADING THE SERIES
Legendary SuitmakerMartin GreenfieldNew York
Serial EntrepreneurSam ShankSan Francisco
Nightlife ImpresariosJonnie & Mark HoustonLos Angeles