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Obituary: Archie McNair, co-founder of Mary Quant

Archie McNair, co-founder of iconic British business Mary Quant, died on July 2 after a short stay in hospital. He was 95.

McNair co-founded the company with Quant and her late husband Alexander Plunkett Greene in October 1955, and remained chairman until he retired in 1988.

McNair set up the well-known Bazaar boutique with Quant and Plunkett Greene on the King’s Road in Chelsea, London. Bazaar attracted shoppers including The Beatles - when George Harrison married model Patti Boyd she was dressed in clothes designed by Quant - and photographer David Bailey.

The former solicitor turned photographer also owned London’s second ever coffee bar Fantasie at 128 King’s Road, where he lived and ran his photography studio. The trio also opened a restaurant in the basement of Bazaar called Alexander’s.

McNair is survived by his son Hamish, daughter Camilla and five grandchildren. His wife Cathy McNair died last summer just short of their 60th wedding anniversary.  

His funeral will be held at All Saints Church in London’s Fulham at 2.30pm on July 14.

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