NEW YORK — Rowland Schaefer, the 85-year-old chairman and chief executive of Claire’s Stores, has taken a leave of absence from active duty at the stores following a mild stroke that caused "minimal impairment."

Schaefer’s daughters Marla Schaefer, 53, and Bonnie Schaefer, 49, co-vice chairwomen, will assume their father’s responsibilities during his absence. The elder Schaefer, who founded Claire’s in 1973, is expected to resume his responsibilities in about six months.

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