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Fred Segal, the legendary designer whose retail stores defined fashion in Los Angeles from the 1960s onwards, died Thursday at the age of 87.
Segal died of complications from a stroke, several outlets reported.
“We are deeply saddened to hear the death of our founder and original curator of Cool, Fred Segal, who created a retail scene that continues to be the heart of LA pop culture. Fred Segal defined LA fashion and started a revolutionary change in style The first denim bar, “Fred Segal CEO and Owner Jeff Lotman said in a statement from PEOPLE.
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“60 years later, Fred pioneered the shop-in-shop concept and experimental retail that remains the essence of our brand. His forward-thinking concept continues to discover and support emerging designers and create iconic fashion moments: Change that face of retail forever” Lotman added. “We will continue to honor Fred’s legacy by consistently delivering the unparalleled retail experience, searching for new brands, bringing LA style and culture to people around the world, and loving one another.”
“He was a true artist who devoted his life to developing as a human being in every way,” a Segal representative said in a statement The wrap. “He challenged us to expand our minds and hearts, go deeper and do better.”
“He was an innovator, a thought leader, a rule breaker, a mentor to so many, such a lover of life and a humanitarian worker,” the statement continued. “Everyone who knew him felt his powerful energy. He worked his whole life to have self-love and to teach us all to love one another. Until the end, he inspired us never to give up. He will be loved and forever celebrated.”
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Segal opened his first store in West Hollywood in 1961, with the Beatles, Diana Ross, Elvis Presley and Farrah Fawcett among its earliest fans, the company’s website says.
“In the 1960s there were no paparazzi, tabloids and no internet like today,” Segal explained earlier. “But the Beatles came in to shop and so much attention was paid that there was a traffic jam outside.”
The store remained a hotspot for celebrities from the 1960s and has even been name-checked in some cult films.
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“Lucy! Where is my white collarless Fred Segal shirt?” Alicia Silverstones Cher says in the 1995 teen comedy: Clueless.
The store was also referenced in the 2001s Naturally blond, Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) stated, “And last week I saw Cameron Diaz at Fred Segal and stopped her from buying that really hideous angora sweater.”
Fred Segal still has locations in Los Angeles and around the world, including Sunset Boulevard, Malibu, LAX, Germany and Taipei.
Segal is survived by his five children, ten grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, his wife Tina and their two children and their grandson.
To honor Segal’s legacy, the family is asking people to consider donating to the Segal Family-United World Foundation at 10960 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1100 Los Angeles, CA 90024.