Services have been held for Gene Lubin, owner of Lubin’s Man’s World, who died on Sunday. Known in the industry as the “King of the Bar Mitzvah Suit,” Lubin was 88.
Born and raised in New York, Lubin grew up in the men’s business. His father was a tailor and the family had operated a pants store in the Bronx in the early part of the last century.
Following World War II, Lubin opened a men’s store named Main Clothiers in Yonkers, N.Y. In 1954, when the Cross County Shopping Center was being built, he moved into the mall and opened Lubin’s, focusing on children’s clothing. In 1969, the store was renamed Lubin’s Man’s World and added men’s wear to the mix. The store remained in the mall until 2002 when it moved to White Plains, N.Y., and subsequently to Greenburgh, N.Y. In 2009, the store was absorbed into Rothmans in Scarsdale, N.Y., where it continues to focus on men’s and young men’s apparel.
Lubin was a philanthropist, active in many Jewish charities. He served as president emeritus of the Jewish Council of Yonkers and a publisher of the Westchester Jewish Chronicle.
Lubin is survived by his wife, Lillian; a daughter, Janice, and her husband, Barry Kirschner, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.