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Duchamp and Penrose London founder Mitchell Jacobs dies

Mitchell Jacobs, the menswear veteran who founded Duchamp and Penrose London, has died.

Jacobs enjoyed, in his own words, a “chequered and cavalier career” in British menswear, working for Jeff Kwintner and Browns in South Molton Street, among others.

In 1988 he set up contemporary men’s shirting and accessories brand Duchamp, selling it to Icelandic investors in 2007.

He founded high-end men’s accessory business Penrose London two years later, but stepped out of the business earlier this year after suffering a stroke. The business entered voluntary administration on October 30, and is expected to be bought by silk mill Vanners.

Jacobs died in France on Monday from a heart attack.

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