By  on March 4, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO — Ernest “Ernie” Benesch, who founded San Francisco young-women’s sportswear label Fritzi of California with his wife, died of heart and kidney failure on Feb. 15. He was 95.

The company, bought in 1998 by Kellwood Co., got its start making blouses with manufacturing in San Francisco’s Chinatown and grew to a national brand known for its style at affordable prices, said Benesch’s wife, Fritzi Lehmann Benesch, who was the original designer.

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