By  on February 16, 2010

DALLAS — Arlene Fishman, a partner in fashion importer St. Maarten USA, died of ovarian cancer on Jan. 31 at Presbyterian Hospital here, said her son, Darren Fishman. She was 63.

Known for her vivacious personality, Fishman was active in the fashion industry for much of her life, managing various family businesses with her husband of 44 years, Marty Fishman. Their company, St. Maarten USA of Carrollton, Tex., has specialized in distributing European and South American contemporary fashion lines since 1997 and currently represents Gestuz, Paramita, Muchacha, European Culture, São Paulo and Colcci.

Arlene Fishman handled many roles, including sales, as well as customer and vendor relations, and was well known in the Dallas market. She and her husband started the company in 1985 to manufacture leather belts, handbags, denim and clothing. Before that, they operated leased shoe departments at specialty stores throughout Dallas.

In addition to her husband and son, Fishman is survived by another son, Ryan, two brothers and two grandsons.

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