Wilkes Bashford, the celebrated San Francisco men’s wear retailer who died this month at age 82, was praised by friends and peers as a master of luxury retailing, a visionary, a kind man and, above all, a great merchant. He was known for quirky marketing stunts, hosting extravagant fashion shows in the Seventies and Eighties that showcased his store’s unique blend of sartorial and contemporary fashions, and was also quite the natty dresser — as seen in this undated photo, even going as far as keeping his tie on for a dip in the pool.

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