Leonard William Meyer III

Photo by Jeff Hirsch, courtesy of New York Social Diary.


Leonard William “Bill” Meyer III passed away peacefully in his Manhattan home on Dec. 19, 2018.

Meyer founded and co-owned William-Wayne & Company in Manhattan. The flagship William-Wayne & Company retail shop is located at 64th and Lexington Avenue. The second store location is at University Place in Greenwich Village.

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, on July 5, 1956, the eldest of five children, Meyer was a natural-born merchant with a passion for customer service and retail. He learned his life’s trade as a teen by setting windows at George Moore, his grandfather’s ready-to-wear store in Louisville. Upon arriving in New York City in 1980, Meyer went to work for Wolfman Gold in SoHo. In 1988, he opened William-Wayne on East Ninth Street.

Meyer was predeceased by his brother, Thomas Gordon Meyer; and grandparents, Ann Gast Tinsley and Gordon Tinsley, Mary Louise Mudd Meyer and Leonard W. Meyer Sr. He is survived by his partner of 37 years, Wayne Adler; his parents, Leonard William Jr. and Mary Lou Meyer; sisters, Susan Meyer Moore, Joyce Meyer (Lisa Stemler) and Lynnie Meyer; nieces, Honorable Jessica Moore Spalding (Evan), Nina Meyer (Tony) and Tinsley Meyer; nephews, Tyler Meyer (Jenny Elek), Aaron Meyer, William Meyer and Thomas Meyer; and great nephew, Edwin Spalding.

Meyer was a graduate of Atherton High School and attended Parsons School of Design in Manhattan, the Art Institute of Atlanta and Bellarmine University in Louisville.

Private services were held in New York City and a private burial was held at Calvary Cemetery in Louisville. The family requests all expressions of sympathy be made to the Meyer Family Fund at Bellarmine University, 2001 Newburg Road, Louisville, KY 40205.