Martin Colne, the man who bought fashion brand Escada to the UK in the 1970s, has died at the age of 84.
Colne passed away in Cheltenham Hospital on 20 April after a short illness.
Born in Hampstead in 1934, Colne made his first foray into the fashion world at Alexon in the early 1970s.
In the mid 1970’s he became a freelance national agent for a little know label from Munich called Escada, which within a very short space of time became a global success story under the ownership of its founders Margaretha and Wolfgang Ley.
Colne had a showroom at 6 Cavendish Square and represented the other Escada associated labels within the group, namely Laurel, Crisca and the newly established Escada sport, until the business was bought back by Ley who latterly opened a flagship office and showroom from the same London location.
He latterly went on to show from 17 Berners Street and successfully represented the Fink Modell label for 29 years.