By  on April 23, 2010

Marshall Stewart, who owned SME Inc., one of Chicago’s oldest and largest multiline showrooms, died last month at his Chicago home following surgery. He was 73.

Stewart was born in Brookline, Mass., and graduated from Boston University with a business degree. He began his career in the Sixties as a sales representative for the sportswear and dress firm Mr. Mort in New York. Stewart moved to Columbus, Ohio, in 1965, where he was an independent sales representative for designer and better sportswear brands. He was among the first executives to recognize the shift toward young designer sportswear, bringing lines such as Calvin Klein, Franck Olivier and Genre to the Midwest department stores Lazarus, Dayton-Hudson and Marshall Field.

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