DEERFIELD, Ill. — Paul Daube Jr., founder of The Daube Co., an influential buying group for the big & tall market, passed away at his home Saturday, May 5. He was 78.
Daube is credited with helping develop the big & tall market for independent retailers. In the 1970s he founded The Daube Co. as a means to connect vendors to what was then a fledgling group of specialty stores. Eventually The Daube Co. came to serve as the merchandising arm of BATA (Big & Tall Associates).
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