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The Year In Review: A Final Farewell To Those We Lost In 2021 |  January 03, 2022 (0 comments)


Merrick, NY—2021 was year of both great success and great loss. We mourned the passing of many legendary leaders in the industry, from retail visionaries like Jim Dunn and Helene Fortunoff to groundbreaking designers like Jose Hess and Alex Šepkus, association leaders like Al Woodill and Estelle Hedaya (image), a rising star in the industry whose life and career was lost in the tragic collapse of the Champlain Towers South. 

Here, in alphabetical order, are those whom the industry lost in 2021:

Rick Antona

Peter Franklin Ball

Glenn Bellinger

Guy Benhamou

Donna Borrelli (below)

David Charles Bruno

Cathy Butchart

David Cohen

Jim Dunn (below)

Louise Eiseman

Lee Elliott

Helene Fortunoff (below)

Julie Franco (below)

Jimmy Green

Estelle Hedaya (top image)

Jose Hess (below)

Johnny Johnson

Irving Liachowitz

Nate Light (below)

Harriet Long

Frank Molteni

Elsa Peretti

Bill Rosenfeld

Alex Šepkus (below)

Steve Sugg

Ruthie Tivol (below)

David Walker

George Walton (below)

Robert Wolf

Alex Woo (below)

Al Woodill (below)

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