Columbia Tailors


1128 Lady Street
Columbia, SC

FAMILIES: Berry; Simons

In 1951, Louis Berry (1894-1973) and Alfred M. Simons (1893-1958) opened Columbia Tailors at 1128 Lady Street in Columbia, SC. Born in New York to Russian immigrants, Simons worked as a clothing salesman in the North before moving to Columbia by 1950 with his wife, Augusta (1893-1970), and son, Burton (1931-1997). Before he co-opened Columbia Tailors, Simons worked as a salesman for the United Luggage Shop at 1339 Main Street. Born in Russia, Louis immigrated to the United States in 1911 and worked as a tailor for the Hope-Davis Co. before co-founding Columbia Tailors. Columbia Tailors specialized in “made-to-order suits for both ladies and gentlemen,” alterations, and military clothing and supplies, with Berry handling the suits and alterations department and Simons handling the military clothing and supplies department.1 Berry continued the business after Simons’s death in 1958, eventually relocating it to 1230 Washington Street in 1968. Columbia Tailors closed upon Berry’s retirement in 1971.



1 “Berry and Simons Open Columbia Tailors Shop,” The State, October 5, 1951.

Main Image: Columbia Tailors advertisement. Reprinted from The Columbia Record, September 23, 1962.

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