Robert Eickmeyer, a former store designer at the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc., who developed and opened the first freestanding Clinique store outside the U.S., died Monday of Leukemia in Louisville, Ky. He was 80.
Eickmeyer, a graduate of Washington University, began his career with Lauder in 1968 as a freelance store designer, before coming in house 11 years later as the director of store design for Clinique. In 1984, Eickmeyer was named vice president of store design for Clinique Worldwide, and in 1987, was appointed vice president of international store design, where he oversaw store planning for Lauder’s rapidly expanding business overseas. In 1994, Eickmeyer was promoted to senior vice president of store design for Clinique International. He managed the opening of new markets in Central and South America, Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia before retiring in 1999.
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