Textile agent Mike Enderby has died after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Enderby took over the running of his father’s business John Enderby & Son in 1978 and built up an impressive list of clients, including high street retailers Marks & Spencer and Next and premium brands Hackett and Ted Baker.
Enderby was responsible for developing a number of textile manufacturers into key UK high street suppliers.
Hackett creative director Michael Sontag said: “Mike was held in high regard here at Hackett. He was a consummate gentleman, always cheerful and helpful. He took great interest in helping you build your collections and was a friend and partner to his clients.”
A spokesman for Ted Baker said: “Mike Enderby had a very special relationship with Ted Baker. Not only was he regarded with enormous respect, but he was a dear friend. He had an old-school charm that comes from a bygone era in fashion.”
Enderby’s wife Sally Enderby will take over the day-to-day running of the business, which is based in London’s Soho.
A private family funeral will be followed by a memorial service in May, in Guildford, Surrey. For more details about the memorial, email firstname.lastname@example.org.