By  on August 31, 2009

J. James Gordon, a textile industry executive and one of the original investors in Liz Claiborne Inc., died Aug. 25 after a long illness. He was 78.

Gordon was a vice president with one-time textile and apparel giant United Merchants & Manufacturers before branching out on his own in 1984 to start Gordon Textiles International. The firm specialized in representing upscale fabric mills primarily from Europe at a time when the domestic textile industry was fighting to survive and encouraging shoppers to buy American-made goods.

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