By and  on April 5, 2011

NEW YORK — Longtime industry executive Gerald Solovei, 69, who championed Bob Mackie, Arnold Scaasi and Elizabeth Arden, died Saturday at Mt. Sinai Hospital. The cause of death was heart failure due to other medical complications, according to Marie McCarty, who worked with him at Mackie and Scaasi.

After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Solovei went on to earn a business degree at New York University. Early in his career, Solovei worked in retail at Detinna, a Fifth Avenue store, before moving on to buy Bonwit Teller’s couture collections in the store’s heyday. Enthusiastic and flamboyant, Solovei exited the buying side of the business to help Mackie build sales. He later moved on to Arden and then to Scaasi Boutique, the designer’s now-defunct ready-to-wear business.

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