Alan Schwartz, a longtime veteran of the swimwear industry, died June 8 of cancer at his home in Prescott, Ariz.
Schwartz served as executive vice president of Manhattan Beachwear Inc. for 26 years, where he oversaw sales and merchandising for the Cypress, Calif.-based company.
Born in Richmond in 1946, Schwartz’s family moved to Miami Beach when he was a boy. He later graduated from Miami Dade College. Schwartz was introduced to the garment industry by his brother Murray, who was selling decorative fabrics, and began his career manufacturing velvet bomber jackets and HotPants. He met his future wife, Jan Kilpatrick, while they both were standing under a shady tree waiting for a taxi on a hot Miami day. The couple married in 1978.
Shortly after getting married, Schwartz was hired as a salesman for Bobbie Brooks ready-to-wear and sportswear, until 1987 when he met Allan Colvin and joined Colvin’s start-up swimwear company, Manhattan Beachwear.
In addition to his wife and brother, he is survived by two sons, Jason and Kyle.