Warm tributes have been paid to menswear agent Arnold Sucis, who has died after a long battle with bone marrow cancer. He was 60.
Having started his career with Aquascutum in the 1970s, Sucis became the long-term agent for premium outwear brand Schneiders of Salzburg. Other brands he handled included Anderson’s belts and Italian cashmere knitwear brand Gran Sasso. Latterly he enjoyed considerable success selling Toy Watch.
He is survived by his partner Mary Ann Pledge. His funeral is due to be held in Yarnscombe, Devon, at 4pm on Saturday June 13.
Stuart Austin, director at Gerald Austin Agencies, said: “Arnold was undoubtedly the best company, the best joke teller and the nicest bloke imaginable. I never, ever, heard anybody say anything negative about him.”
He added: “I inherited the Gran Sasso knitwear collection when he stopped working and all his old customers were very sorry that he wasn’t dealing with them anymore. He will be greatly missed. There aren’t enough Arnold Sucis’ in the world.”
Fellow agent Tony Scott added: “So sorry to hear this sad news. He was a delightful chap, he fought a brave fight for a long time. He will be very much missed.”
Jamie Harden, event director of trade fair Moda Gent, recalled: “Every season I pitched to Arnold and every season he let me down in such a way that when I left him I felt like I could do anything. He was very inspiring in a lovely laid-back way. A sad loss.”
“Arnold was a real gentleman. He will be missed,” added agent Graham Smith.