Willy Demond. Willy of Hollywood. Stocking Maker to the Stars. Willy the Stocking Man. At one time, Willy had a virtual silky smooth monopoly...90 percent of the legs in Hollywood were Demond's.
Willy Demond started making stockings around 1928. He sold his first pair of fancy ones to Marilyn Miller for her role in "Sally" for nine dollars, according to the Miami News of June 11, 1948. The story ran in gossiper Hedda Hopper's column. He kept at it and got $2700 for a pair he made for June Haver. Soon he was more than a stocking salesman…he was receiving credits as "movie hosiery designer" and in 1950 he was called "movie town hose specialist." Of course this was all back in the day when gams WERE Hollywood. All singing, but just as important, all dancing. Legs.