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Funeral services were held Thursday for Robert “Bob” L. Stein, a 35-year retail veteran who spent 10 years at Macy’s and 20 years at Lord & Taylor. Stein died suddenly of a heart attack Monday at the age of 61.
This story first appeared in the February 5, 2010 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
Stein most recently worked at David and Erica Chung Holding Co., which is the parent company of Cosmetic World LLC, 3Lab and Englewood Lab. He joined the firm two years ago, and was president of the Cosmetic World unit and executive vice president of 3Lab.
David C. Chung, chairman and chief executive officer of David and Erica Chung Holding Co., called Stein a true Yankee fan and noted Stein was born and raised in New York. He lived there with his life partner, Alice Trone, at the time of his death.
Stein held various positions with both Macy’s and Lord & Taylor, including vice president at Macy’s and senior vice president at Lord & Taylor.
As senior vice president of cosmetics at Lord & Taylor, Stein had profit and loss responsibilities for 87 stores in the U.S. that generated retail sales in excess of $250 million. In addition, he oversaw merchandising and staffing of more than 2,000 Lord & Taylor beauty advisers. Reporting to him were two vice presidents of cosmetics, a vice president of human resources, a vice president of store planning for visual display and five cosmetics buyers.
In 2002, Stein launched his own consulting firm, called RLS Marketing and Consulting LLC, through which he worked with cosmetics firms such as Chanel, Kanebo, Bulgari and Dolce & Gabbana, helping them to launch and position products.
Aside from Trone, Stein is survived by sons Brian Stein, 32, and Craig Stein, 29; a sister and brother-in-law, Lynn and Anthony Igel, and nephews Leon and Bradley Igel.
Donations in his name can be made to Foundation Fighting Blindness in Owings Mills, Md.