By  on June 4, 2012

Joseph M. Haggar Jr., who headed Haggar Corp. for two decades and was instrumental in a number of innovations in the men’s casual slacks market, died June 1 of heart disease at his home in Dallas. He was 87.

The son of company founder Joseph Haggar, known as “J.M.,” and younger brother of longtime company head Edmond Haggar, Haggar served as president and chief executive officer of the company from 1971 until 1991 and retired as chairman in 1995. His son Joseph 3rd, known universally as “Joe Three,” succeeded him as ceo, a post he held until 2005 when the business, publicly held beginning in 1992, was sold to an investment consortium for about $212 million. It is now known as Haggar Clothing Co.

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