NEW YORK — Services for Jack Baker, a Seventh Avenue veteran and founder of the Sue Brett dress firm, were held here Sunday.
Baker, 82, died Thursday at his home in Palm Beach, Fla., from complications following a stroke, according to David Mercer.
Mercer is a partner in the dress firm Expo with Baker’s son, Beau.
Jack Baker built Sue Brett into one of the key labels in popular-price dresses in the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies. It sold to such major stores as Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor, Dayton’s, Hudson’s, Marshall Field’s and Ohrbach’s, Mercer said. The company had a division called Tracy Petites, which was headed by Beau Baker.
Jack Baker closed Sue Brett in the early Eighties. While he had no official role at Expo, Mercer said the elder Baker was a mentor to him and Beau in their dress firm, which also produces the Beau David line.
Baker is also survived by another son, Robert; a daughter, Paula Belmont; six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.