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MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) – The man who is known as the "Clothier to the King" for dressing Elvis throughout his musical career passed away early Thursday morning.

Bernard Lansky sold a young Elvis Presley his first suit at his legendary Beale Street store and continued to dress him throughout the singer's career. He even dressed the late superstar for his funeral.

It is a sad day, not only for family and friends of Bernard Lansky, but also his colleagues who worked alongside him at the Peabody Hotel.

Liz Neal says it is tough dealing with the loss of her dear friend and colleague, who she has worked with for almost 12 years.

"He was a great mentor, a gentleman, a salesman, and I did learn a lot from him," said Neal.

Founded in 1946, Lansky Bros. quickly became a popular spot for other iconic musicians, including Johnny Cash.

"They knew they were going to get the latest in fashion, the hottest thing out, no one else was going to have the same thing," said Neal.

The store later relocated to the Peabody in 1981.

"Bernard was an icon to this hotel. He was part of the memories we created for all our visitors that came to Memphis and as much as they come to see the ducks, they would come to see Mr. Lansky and see his shops," said Peabody Hotel General Manager Douglas Browne.

Family, friends, and colleagues say he will be greatly missed.

"His good humor, love of people, never forgot a face," said Neal. "He remembered your size and could size you up in a minute. He'd say, ‘Young man, you're a 52 waist,' or, ‘This will look great on you. Why don't you try this on?' You never left empty handed."

A public service will be held Friday at Baron Hirsch Synagogue at 400 South Yates Road at 11 a.m.

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