By  on August 20, 2014

A memorial service is being planned for Brooks Thomas, 45, a longtime men’s wear merchant who died at his New York City home on Saturday.

His brother Scott Thomas declined to provide a cause of death, but sources said it was a suicide.

The news of Thomas’ passing was an overriding source of conversation at the Las Vegas trade shows this week as retailers and manufacturers who had worked with him digested the shocking news.

Margaret Spaniolo, who had worked with Thomas at Bergdorf Goodman, where he had served as vice president and divisional merchandise manager of men’s tailored clothing, sportswear, furnishings and accessories for nine years, said: “I will sorely miss the personal and professional relationship we had. It’s left a very big hole in my heart.”

Thomas started his career as an executive trainee at Lord & Taylor in 1992. He worked for Tommy Hilfiger, Barneys New York and Ralph Lauren before joining Bergdorf’s in 2001. After leaving the store in 2011, he joined Holt Renfrew in Canada as vice president of men’s wear, a post he held from June 2013 through February of this year. Since that time, he had been consulting through his company, the Brooks Thomas Group.

His brother Scott said his remains will be buried in Westport, Mass., and he is hoping to have a memorial either there or in New York City this October.

In addition to his brother, Thomas is survived by a son, Taylor.

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