CHARLES GLUECK, 80, DESIGNED FOCUS 2000
NEW YORK — Charles Glueck, who spent more than 50 years in the garment industry, most recently as a president, designer and merchandiser of Focus 2000 a moderate-priced dress, suit and sportswear resource, died Sunday. He was 80.
Glueck died of complications stemming from quadruple bypass surgery that he received in September, according to Margaret Crafa, vice president of sales at Focus 2000.
Born in Brooklyn on Nov. 29, 1920, Glueck began his career as a stock boy on the shipping docks of some Seventh Avenue firms. He flourished at Jonathan Logan, a moderate-priced women’s clothing vendor, where he spent more than 20 years, rising to lead a design staff of 22.
With an eye toward giving moderate consumers special fabrics at affordable prices, he opened Focus 2000 after stints in eveningwear and working for Morgan Miller in the late Eighties.
Focus 2000 began as a suit and dress maker, but the company became known for its well-fitting bottoms. In addition to its own label, the company makes private label merchandise for retailers including Dress Barn and Nordstrom. Owner Howard Li is expected to continue to operate the business.
Glueck is survived by his wife Gloria, whom he met in 1980 when she was a secretary at his now-defunct social occasion company Charles Glueck Evening.
Services will be held Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at Frank E. Campbell Funeral Parlor, 1076 Madison Avenue in New York.