By: jbhthescots@mac.com, Categories: Words & Images, 2 comments




Ever since I described Leroy Menswear as a “pimps’ emporium” in a previous blog entry Dedicated Follower of Fashion, several readers have asked for a shot of the legend himself, namely the one and only, Mr Leroy Shumate.  


Leroy, who has owned the store on Pike Street since 1980, is definitely your go-to man in Seattle if your  sartorial cravings include items such as a 12-button bright purple suit, oversized rhinestone cuff links, bright-green leather shoes, knee-high yellow silk socks, bowler hats, leather suits and ankle-length fake fur coats.


Pimps were indeed his main clientele in the days when prostitutes lined Pike Street from the market all the way to Interstate 5. But now, “most of them are in jail. It’s a lost art,” he lamented during an interview a couple of years back. The pimps maybe long gone, but Leroy is still very much in business – and most days, he can be seen modelling one of his dapper outfit as he holds up his shop.

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