Ira Segel, Cofounder and longtime operator of the Mr. Sid specialty store in Newton, Mass., died Sunday at the age of 78.
His son Stuart Segel, who currently operates the store with his brother Barry, said Ira had not been well the past several years and had a hard time getting around due to phlebitis and other health issues. “It’s never easy, but this came as a surprise,” Stuart Segel said.
Ira and his brother Robert Segel opened Mr. Sid on Sept. 25, 1967, naming the store after their father, Sidney. After several years, Ira bought out Robert’s share of the business and operated the store independently.
Mr. Sid, located 12 miles from downtown Boston, is considered among the finest men’s retailers in the country. It has ranked among Esquire magazine’s Top 100 Stores, and is a 16-time recipient of Boston magazine’s Best of Boston Menswear award.
At one time, Mr. Sid operated outposts in Cambridge, Mass., and Palm Beach, Fla., but today the business is concentrated in the 15,000-square-foot location in Newton. It offers brands including Ermenegildo Zegna, Brioni, Corneliani, Isaia and Zanella.
Ira Segel retired about four years ago, his son said, “but he still used to call me 12 times a day. He was still passionate about the business.
“In many ways, he was a pioneer,” Stuart Segel added. “He had limited resources, but a very creative mind.”
Along with high-end men’s wear, Mr. Sid also has a wine bar, hair salon and event space in its Massachusetts location.
In addition to Stuart and Barry, Ira Segel is survived by his wife, Lois, a daughter, Jackie, and four grandchildren. Services are expected to be held on Thursday at noon in Brookline, Mass.