Belgian retailers mourn the death of Jacques Dopchie, who rebuilt the old Grand Bazar (pictured) into the modernised retail empire GB Inno BM. Dopchie and his wife died together, at the age of 90.
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Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has passed away, aged 85. The creative director of the French fashion icon Chanel had been ill for a while. Chanel meanwhile wasted no time appointing a successor.
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Bernard Darty, co-founder of French electronics chain Darty, has died at age 84. The group was founded in 1957 by Bernard Darty and his brothers Natan and Marcel, but became an international electronics group.
Alain Chevalier, co-founder of luxury holding LVMH, has died at the age of 87. The Frenchman was at the helm of Moët Hennessy in 1987 when he joined forces with Henry Racamier's Louis Vuitton.
Ingvar Kamprad introduced us to furniture in flat boxes and gave us hours of “puzzle fun” to create a closet. The inventor of DIY furniture and the founder of furniture chain IKEA has passed away in Sweden, aged 91.
French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel has passed away, aged 86. She was known as the queen of knitting and suffered from Parkinson's disease.
Godfried Brenninkmeijer, who was in control of clothing store chain C&A's Dutch division in the 70's and 80's, passed away. The Brenninkmeijer family founded C&A in 1841 and still owns the chain.