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Obituary: menswear agent Arnold Sucis

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.

Readers' comments (3)

  • What more can be said ,a great loss to all who new him and to those that didn't sorry!
    Pitti will miss him.

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  • Eric Musgrave

    Arnold was a lovely man. A few glasses will be raised in his memory over the next few weeks of menswear gatherings. Anyone wishing to attend his funeral in Yarnscombe, near Barnstaple, on Saturday July 13 should email
    Arnold's request is that this is a colourful and cheerful celebration of his life - black need not be worn! Notes of condolence can be sent to Mary Ann Pledge at Ley Marden, Yarnscombe, Near Barnstaple, Devon EX31 3LR

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  • John Alston

    I remember whilst at Jules B, our first 6 Toy Watches arriving and with what would become our biggest online hit at the time, came this genuine and unassuming gentleman. A pleasure to speak with always and someone whom it gave great pleasure to see succeed and prosper during the time we worked together. Such sad news!

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