Former chairman and life president of the Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry (ASBCI) Len Rose has died aged 78.
Rose has been in the clothing industry since 1955 when he joined Staflex, the inventor of interlinings and became export sales director and established its operations in Scandinavia and France.
He later joined, the interlinings division of the global Chargeurs Group Lainier de Picardie, where he set up the company’s operations in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia and the US. He was appointed managing director of the UK and stayed with Lainier for over 30 years until his recent retirement.
Rose joined the British Interlinings Manufacturers Association (BIMA) in 1990, which became ASBCI in 1992, encompassing all companies in the British clothing supply chain. He remained as chairman until 2006 when he became a life president.
Peter Lucas, chief executive of menswear supplier BMB Menswear and chairman of the UKFT: said he has known Rose for 30 years and has been educated by him in the ways of the supply industry.
He added: “I know Len is now where he would want to be, alongside [his wife] Inger and smiling at the many negotiations that continue to take place between supplier and customer; they just won’t be the same without Len’s smile.”