Frank Fialkoff, chief executive officer of Miriam Haskell jewelry, died Monday at age 70.
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The cause of death was cancer, a spokeswoman said.
Fialkoff, a self-made jewelry industry figurehead, served at the helm of Miriam Haskell since 1990, when he acquired the label with his wife, Linda. Over the past 25 years they grew the firm’s operations from a $200,000 business to one that now exceeds $150 million in sales. The firm holds licenses for brands including Diane von Furstenberg and Betsey Johnson, and also manufactures a high-end namesake costume jewelry brand in New York City.
Fialkoff’s jewelry career began at age 16 in the mail room of Monet Jewelry while he was still attending secondary school in the Bronx. He purchased his first manufacturing firm — Albert Weiss — in 1970. Prior to Miriam Haskell, Fialkoff held lead positions at Swank and Victoria Creations, the latter of which saw him growing costume jewelry businesses for high-fashion brands including Givenchy and Karl Lagerfeld.
In fall 2011, Fialkoff was honored with the Accessories Council’s ACE Business Visionary Award for his work.
He is survived by his wife, daughter Gabrielle, son Brett, daughter-in-law Heather and four grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at The Riverside Memorial Chapel on West 76th Street. Contributions can be made in Fialkoff’s name to the Adaptive Sports Center of Crested Butte, Colorado.