By  on April 25, 2012

In the mid-Eighties, when Keith Varty and Alan Cleaver were designing for Byblos, the Italian brand owned by Sergio and Donatella Girombelli was riding high. Their playful mixes of colors and patterns won many fans, and their clothes were mainstays at top retailers.

“We bought it by the truckload,” said Jon Weiser, who, with his mother Selma and sister Barbara, owned and ran the influential Upper West Side group of Charivari stores at the time. “It stood out from all the other collections because it represented a different attitude, with looks such as the floral shirts and the funny T-shirts. It really had all the bells and whistles. It was accessible, with a good mix of sensibilities, Sergio’s Italian industrialist with [the designer’s] quirky British sense of humor.

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