Mariano Puig, who grew his family business into a fashion powerhouse, dies at 93

Mr. Puig grew up atop the company’s offices and factory, in a six-story building in the Eixample district where a noisy dumbwaiter carried packages to the street and large tanks of alcohol sat in the basement. After visiting the vats in his youth, going downstairs with his father to learn the science behind perfume, he earned a chemical engineering degree and began working full time for the family business.

Decades later, he admitted that he never had a good nose for fragrances. Instead he possessed a talent for cutting deals that transformed Puig, the company that bears his family’s name, into a fashion and fragrance powerhouse. Jetting around the world with a suitcase filled with soaps and perfumes, he negotiated licensing arrangements and acquisitions with top designers such as Paco Rabanne and Carolina Herrera.

Mr. Puig, who was only 29 when he took the reins of

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Mariano Puig, Scion of a Spanish Fashion House, Dies at 93

MADRID — Mariano Puig, who helped transform his family-owned Spanish perfume maker into an international fashion house that encompasses the brands Paco Rabanne, Nina Ricci, Carolina Herrera and Jean Paul Gaultier, died on April 13 in Barcelona. He was 93.

Puig, the company that bears the family name, confirmed the death.

As a member of the second generation to run the company, Mr. Puig significantly expanded its presence overseas, particularly in the 1960s, when Puig opened offices in the United States and struck an alliance with Mr. Rabanne, a Spanish fashion designer whose celebrity status in Paris gave Puig better access to the French market.

Puig eventually took over Paco Rabanne and other major brands. One of Mr. Puig’s five children, Marc Puig, is the current chairman and chief executive of the company, which was founded by Mariano Puig’s father, Antonio, in 1914.

Puig had revenues of about €2

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Fashion designer Jessica McClintock dies age 90

Designer Jessica McClintock, known for concoctions of calico and lace that accompanied girls and women on the most important occasions of their lives, has died.

She was 90.

Dresses, handbags, watches, eyeglasses and jasmine-scented perfume – the ’70s and ’80s designer, and beyond, did it all, outfitting women and girls for Sweet Sixteen parties, Quinceaneras, Bat Mitzvahs, and proms, weddings and legit galas.

“I believe Romance is beauty that touches the emotional part of our being,” McClintock stated on her website.

Designer Jessica McClintock (in chair) and models pose in some of her frilly fashions at her San Francisco home.

Designer Jessica McClintock (in chair) and models pose in some of her frilly fashions at her San Francisco home.

Designer Jessica McClintock (in chair) and models pose in some of her frilly fashions at her San Francisco home. (Roger Ressmeyer/)

Lace, ruching and cascading ruffles were her stock in trade. Last year she celebrated the half-century mark in the business, according to People.

The famous also donned

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Monika Tilley, Fashion Designer and Activewear Pioneer, Dies at 86

Monika Tilley, a designer of racy swimsuits that glistened from the covers of Sports Illustrated magazine on models like Christie Brinkley and Cheryl Tiegs and a pioneer of activewear and loungewear, died on Dec. 23 in Manhattan. She was 86.

Her daughter, Mona Tilley, announced the death in January. She said her mother died in a hospital after having multiple strokes.

Ms. Tilley was not a name designer like Bill Blass or Calvin Klein; she was an industry talent known for her work for Anne Cole, Anne Klein, White Stag and other companies, designing what would become a uniquely American style of dressing. She created a line for Caitlyn Jenner when she was a track star in the 1970s, and collaborated with Ms. Brinkley on a line of swimwear in 1984. For the Winter Olympic Games in 1980 and 1984, she designed the parade uniforms for the American teams.

With

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