Wednesday, January 31st will mark the first time in over 100 years that there hasn’t been a member of the Goldberg family providing the New Orleans community with fine clothing. After 40 years of operating Uptown’s specialty men’s clothing store M. Goldberg, Myron Goldberg and his wife Marcie will be retiring to pursue hobbies like “fishing, traveling, and smelling the roses,” says Goldberg.

Myron Goldberg comes from an esteemed line of New Orleans clothiers. His grandfather Isaac Goldberg opened the clothing store I. Goldberg & Sons in the French Quarter, which he operated alongside Myron’s father Abe and his uncle Israel. Myron worked there for a time before deciding to open his own store, M. Goldberg Clothier, with his wife in 1977.

The couple started out in a small 1,100 square foot space on the second floor of Uptown Square, with only “a few sportswear and accessories items, and eight lone navy blazers,” Goldberg says with a chuckle. However, Myron quickly turned his passion for men’s fashion into a talent for trendsetting, joining an elite buying group in New York and doggedly tracking the latest and greatest in men’s fashion through a wide variety of trade periodicals. The store’s customer base steadily grew as he introduced popular brands like Barbour, Polo Boyswear, Hawaiian brand Jams, and Samuelsohn from Montreal, the finest clothing made in North America, to the people of New Orleans, creating the need for three store expansions over the course of 28 years. 

When even further growth was needed, Myron and his wife moved M. Goldberg’s location to 502 Leontine St. off of Tchoupitoulas, where they have continued to provide exceptional personal attention and unique high quality brand selections for the past 13 years. The decision to retire wasn’t an easy one, and the Goldbergs will miss the camaraderie and their loyal customers. “After 40 years in business, the greatest accolade I could ever hope for is the kind words of the many customers that have been stopping by to wish us well and let us know what the store meant to them,” says Goldberg. “It has been a humbling, gratifying, and emotional experience hearing about the impact and difference the store has made in people’s lives. Our customers are our family, and it has been our pleasure and passion serving them.”