NEW YORK — Alfred Solomon, the founder of Madcaps, a millinery company, died Sept. 4. He was 104.
Solomon’s family and friends plan to observe his birthday, as scheduled, with a party on Saturday, which was his wish. The gathering will be at the Saratoga Golf and Polo Club in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., where Solomon spent many summers, said a friend, Connie Uzzo.
Uzzo met Solomon when she was responsible for the licenses of Yves Saint Laurent during the Seventies. Solomon reproduced hats that Saint Laurent sent down the runway, and sold them under the YSL label at the French company’s boutique in New York. The first hat he produced was a knit cap with a large cuff “that cost $25 back then,” Uzzo said. But she was clear that this wasn’t a knockoff business. Solomon acted as an early licensor for the North American market. “He used to pay them royalties,’’ she said. He also manufactured hats for his friend, Coco Chanel, and for Hubert Givenchy.
Solomon founded Madcaps in the 1920s and partnered with his late sister Janet Sloane. The company closed in the Nineties, Uzzo said. Solomon’s wife, Nancy, died in 1982 and he left no immediate survivors.