This installment of the Fashion Hall of Obscurity is truly obscure — Gainsborough was a manufacturer of medium to high priced high-fashion footwear in Miami Beach, Florida but I haven’t been able to find anything else about this long defunct company.
Newspaper and magazine advertisements were found for Gainsborough shoes dating between 1937 and 1966 – likely the approximate dates of the company’s operation. If anyone knows more about Gainsborough, please share – I would be grateful for the information.
(Added June 21/2012: Reader ‘Sandra’ very kindly added a link to a 1949 article she discovered that gave a little bit more information. Jack Rimler was the creator and designer of Gainsborough shoes. The shop apparently had a leopard decorated salon, and his shoes started at around $37.50 – not inexpensive. The writer asked Rimler if he thought his shoes were in good taste – to which Rimler said he considered himself one of the few who had dared to give a ‘new look’ to shoe fashions and that many of today’s better shoe salons were lacking fashion foresight. In his opinion, his shoes were as much a part of the high fashion scene as Christian Dior. “I do not create for the housewife, the rural country club woman nor the average woman who boasts only one pair of dress shoes.” The article then takes a bizarre turn regarding the morals of the women who wear his shoes – I think that’s 1949 for ‘your shoes look like they were made for a hooker’ which Rimler refuses to discuss. The writer of the article concludes that although his shoes may not be in the best of taste, that they are beautifully made of the finest materials.)
With the name of the owner/designer now, I found that Jack Rimler was born July 6, 1895 in New York. His wife Ann passed away in 1956, and he died in February 1967 in Saint Petersburg, Florida.
Added May 25/2017: Reader Diana added a personal reminiscence of Jack Rimler – her grandfather in the comments section – see below: