UnNews:Fashion Industry Honors Claiborne
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28 June 2007
NEW YORK, New York- The fashion industry lost a giant yesterday. According to the New York Times, Liz Claiborne, "the designer of indefatigable career clothes for professional women entering the workforce en masse beginning in the 1970s," is dead. She was 78 years old. Fashion insiders say that a bevy of events are being planned to honor Claiborne's contributions to fashion. Some of her largest accounts have paid tribute. One seller, Ajodha, who sells knockoffs of Claiborne's "Everyday Classics" line on the corner of 7th Avenue and 49th Street, has pledged to refrain from selling the goods for one week. Says Ajodha "She [Claiborne] was a great lady. And a very generous lady. I do good business. I make nice living. I sell "Bi-Stretch Suiting Blazer," "Fine Gauge Silk Blend," "Sloane Twill Cropped Pants," everything. At good prices. She will be missed. I stop selling her clothes one week. For one week, I honor her. At end of one week I'll be having a special memorial sale at even cheaper price. I can't hardly wait for Fall line." Another large mover of merchandise, Ace, sells Claiborne's leather bags, primarily out of the trunk of his Cadillac Escalade. "I be moving her shit for years. That bitch been good to me, real good--know'm sayin? I buy the shit for 2 and sell it fo 5. I move at least 100 pieces a day. Sheet." When asked what he might do to honor the designer, Ace shrugged and said that he would consider making a contribution to Claiborne's rain forest education program in Brazil. "Maybe I send them a few bags too. They made there anyway," he said.