Jimmy Webb, punk fashion icon and stylist to a cohort of rock stars, has died at 62, reports Rolling Stone. Webb became a downtown fixture as the manager and buyer for East Village vintage store Trash and Vaudeville. In 2017, he opened his own rock and roll clothing boutique in the Lower East Side, I NEED MORE, where he worked until his death.
Webb counted as friends and helped outfit the likes of Iggy Pop, Joan Jett, Joey Ramone, Slash, Blondie's Debbie Harry and Chris Stein, Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan, Black Flag's Henry Rollins, New York Dolls' David Johansen and many more. The cause of death was cancer, his close friend, hair stylist Heart Montalbano confirmed to Rolling Stone. Tributes from Webb's friends and customers, remembering his charm, kindness and the skinny jeans he sold them, flooded in today as the news spread.
Our friend, Jimmy Webb, a legend and a St. Marks St. legend, stylist of the punks, famous and not, has passed. I’m… https://t.co/9MVcaSyweE— Joan Jett (@Joan Jett) 1586910362.0
We love you Jimmy Pic @avant_GODLIS https://t.co/j86omEwkno— Debbie Harry/BLONDIE (@Debbie Harry/BLONDIE) 1586905926.0
Jimmy Webb the last day of Trash and Vaudeville on Saint Marks NYC 2016. Rest in rock peace Jimmy. 💔 https://t.co/t3shMtEEPd— Chris Stein (@Chris Stein) 1586901567.0
RIP A NEW YORK ICON, Jimmy I bought so many ankle boots and skinny jeans from you, before skinny jeans were even a… https://t.co/d2luDkByNz— mykki (@mykki) 1586913377.0
Rest In Peace Jimmy Webb of @trashvaudeville NYC sweet guy Love Dave #JimmyWebb #jimmywebbrip https://t.co/6so7uyvwh4— Dave Davies (@Dave Davies) 1586918686.0
Farewell, dear Jimmy. The sweetest, kindest, rock and roll soul. I’ll never forget you. https://t.co/iTuq0Qw4gc— Maureen Van Zandt (@Maureen Van Zandt) 1586892932.0
The death of Jimmy Webb will be breaking many hearts today. He was a beautiful man of rare soul and grace with a hu… https://t.co/qdvW4NlX4t— Mick Rock (@Mick Rock) 1586904096.0
RIP Downtown NYC icon Jimmy Webb. 😢 https://t.co/0Iy1cNj7rw— Tommie Sunshine 😎🌹💚✊️ (@Tommie Sunshine 😎🌹💚✊️) 1586899785.0
Jimmy Webb was a great friend of mine. I bought every pair of Cuban heeled boots that I wore from 1987 - 2011 at Tr… https://t.co/nQD1lvR6HP— Sebastian Bach (@Sebastian Bach) 1586899332.0
Trash and Vaudeville helped shape punk fashion in the 70's and 80's, popularizing Doc Martens, bullet belts, winklepicker boots, black jeans, motorcycle jackets and spiky jewelry. The shop's iconic original location on St. Marks — Vogue once called Webb "the reigning mayor of St Marks" notes Rolling Stone — controversially closed down in 2015. It relocated to 7th Street, grieve by many city dwellers as the final nail in New York counter-culture's coffin.
Photographer Dustin Pittman, a close friend of Webb's for 30 years and his own fixture in the Studio 54 scene, shared some original shots of the stylist over the years with PAPER. See below.
Photo via Getty
Body photos by Dustin Pittman / @dustinpop