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Heritage legend "Mr Henri" dies

The co-founder of British heritage brand Henri-Lloyd has died at the age of 87.

Henry Strzelecki, who emigrated to the UK from Poland after fighting for allies during the war, launched the clothing line in 1963 alongside business partner Angus Lloyd.

Based in Manchester, Strzlecki was credited with several innovations that made the clothing more durable and the brand became popular with sailors such as Francis Chichester, who wore it on his round-the-world voyage, as well as the wider public.

Strzlecki was awarded an MBE in 1985 for his services to the clothing industry. He died on Boxing Day, and is survived by sons Paul and Martin, who are joint chief executives of Henri-Lloyd Limited, daughter Diane, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchidren. 

The company, which is hosting a virtual pinboard for people to add their memories of Strzelcki, said: “The spirit of “Henri” Strzelecki lives on in the tradition of his business – one, whose products are appreciated by all who now go properly clothed for their leisure pursuits.”

 

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