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Saul Korman Biography – Saul Korman Wiki
Saul Korman was a Toronto entrepreneur and menswear fashion icon. He was the president and owner of Korry’s Clothiers to Gentlemen on Danforth Avenue in Toronto’s Greektown. His menswear store, Korry’s, has been a fixture in Toronto’s iconic Greektown since 1952. Korman cemented his reputation in radio commercials for the store, always directing listeners to it’s address — ‘569 Danforth Avenue.’
Korman and his father, Nathan, set up their first shop at the corner of Danforth and Coxwell where, as Korman recalled, “There was nothing but used car lots and TTC barns as far as the eye could see.” But plenty of men worked in the car lots and on the buses, and those men needed menswear. The store did all right. By 1958, Nathan was ready for semi-retirement and Korman decided to re-start the business at a better location, across and up the street in a vacant Tip Top Tailors store. Around the same time, however, the TTC decide to relocate its yards. The resultant neighbourhood shift from predominantly middle-class Scots-Canadians to poorer Greek and Italian immigrants meant that Korry’s had to struggle to make ends meet.
A chance meeting in the early 1960s with CHUM radio personality John Gilbert led Saul into the heady world of broadcasting. And the more guest appearances he made on the radio, the more intrigued Torontonians became by the man and his store. They began searching out “the lonely Jewish tailor on the Danforth,” as one of Saul’s successful newspaper ads referred to him.
As Korry’s grew in popularity, so too did the Danforth. Yet the business, which by then had ended up in its present-day two-storey location at 569 Danforth Avenue, just west of Pape, had its ups and downs. And still, Saul resisted the call to relocate in more fashionable neighbourhoods such as Yorkville or the Bay-Bloor corridor.
Largely due to his championing the avenue through continual media exposure, the Danforth has long since become one of Toronto’s hottest thoroughfares, filled with interesting shops, hot nightclubs, deliciously multi-ethnic restaurants, and the occasional crowded street festival.
And Korry’s itself has become a destination store – not just for Torontonians, but for people from all across North America, who seek out this city’s best-known men’s specialty shop, located, as always, in this city’s most vibrant and entertaining community.
One Recommendation on his Linkedin by Susan Bernstein reads, “Saul Korman has repeatedly proven himself to be worthy of the title Canada’s Top Clothier for men. It is and always has been a privilege to know and be served by him.”
Saul Korman Age
He died on January 31, 2021. He was 86 years old.
Saul Korman Wife
Saul Korman was married to his wife the late Myrna Korman.
Saul Korman Family
Saul Korman was the husband of the late Myrna Korman. He was the father and father-in-law of Shawn Korman and Sharone Benegbi, the late Jodi Korman, and Sharon and the late Michael Korman. He was the brother and brother-in-law of Jean and the late Jack Korman, and the late Dr. William Korman. He was the brother-in-law of Eleanor and the late Chuck Kurland. He was the grandfather of Kendyl, Dylan, and Max.
Saul Korman Death
Saul Korman died on January 31, 2021, at the age of 86. His death was announced on his Facebook page. The post said, “Menswear industry’s Legend, icon, mentor, hero. Thank you for everything. Thank you for helping shape Canadian men’s fashion through your passion, dedication, and most of all love for people. You are one of a kind, irreplaceable, and simply the best. Rest In Peace Saul Korman aka MR. SOL KORRY. Your legacy lives on.”
Tom’s Place said in a Facebook post: “We are so sad to report that Saul Korman, the Duke of Danforth, has passed away. He joins a list of iconic retailers, like Lou Myles & Albert Morton, who have left our industry. He was a great competitor & he will be missed by many. RIP Saul.”
Toronto Mayor John Tory tweeted: “We will never again see the likes of Saul Korman, the Duke of the Danforth. He was much more than the owner of a men’s clothing store, one I shopped in. He was the ambassador, the salesperson, the inspiration that helped make the whole of the Danforth what it is today: a destination. My condolences to his wonderful family and to all of his many friends. We will miss him and we will miss hearing his voice on the radio.”
Bob McCown tweeted: “It is with a heavy heart that I must confirm the passing of Saul Korman today. Saul was a dear friend for at least 40 years…one of the kindest, most generous people I’ve ever known. He suffered so much sadness in his life, losing two of his children and his wife.”
Joanna Severino wrote on an online Memorial Book: “I am grateful to my mentor, my beloved dear friend Saul Korman who inspired me to dream BIG, love life, travel, and cherish every day with family. Daily morning coffee chats were a time of deep reflection and shared inspirational stories of immense wisdom. Don’t work too hard. he said, Spend time with family. and Go home. His smile and HAPPY greeting How are YOOOOUUU? was a beacon of light and enthusiasm. His kindness and genuine love of people and community will never be forgotten. Saul was an iconic entrepreneur whose great legendary radio voice and charisma will always be remembered. He was The Duke of the Danforth. Sending the Korman family my deepest sympathy and love. Saul, you’ve worked hard, and you are now home spending time with your loving wife, daughter, and son, resting in peace. Sending you butterfly kisses.”
Saul Korman Cause of Death
Saul Korman’s cause of death was a heart attack, his son Shawn Korman confirmed to CTV News Toronto. He said his father suffered a heart attack Sunday and passed away in his sleep. He had not been feeling well and had been home since March.
Saul Korman Obituary
According to Saul Korman’s obituary on the Benjamins Funeral Home Toronto website, a graveside funeral will take place on Tuesday, February 02, 2021.
Saul Korman Net Worth
Saul Korman’s net worth is unclear.