NEW YORK — Ben Klein was once known along Seventh Avenue as “the little king,” which was not a reference to royal lineage but rather his general portage: short and temperamental.

During his career behind the sportswear house Junior Sophisticates, where designers such as Chuck Howard, Mary Ann Restivo and Klein’s first wife — fashion’s famous Anne —started out, Klein commanded a respect that was still fresh in the minds of those who recalled the life of the entrepreneur, who died on Monday at an assisted living center near Del Ray, Fla. He was 91.

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