NEW YORK — Services for Stanley Love, for years a prominent children’s wear manufacturer, will be held Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the Jewish Chapel at West Point in West Point, N.Y.
Love, 68, died Sunday of bone cancer at his home, according to the family.
Throughout his business career, Love was with Joseph Love Inc., the children’s wear firm founded by his father in 1921.
A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, he joined the firm in 1950 and became president in 1972.
Love’s accomplishments included the introduction of paper dresses for Saks Fifth Avenue in 1966 and an emphasis on polyester knit fashions, recognizing the importance of easy care in the mid-Seventies. He developed the “ribbon dress” — with three or four ribbons circling either the skirt or bodice — selling over 1 million units in the early Eighties.
He was one of the first makers of children’s fashion merchandise in China, South Korea and Japan. Love sponsored a children’s wear retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. and donated a room to the Fashion Institute of Technology for the study of children’s wear design.
In 1990, Love licensed the label to Alfar Imports, but later again took over marketing with a line of unisex cotton knits.
A collector of Asian art, Love founded the Japan Society Gallery in New York and made numerous gifts to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and other institutions.
He is survived by his daughter, Victoria Love Yusin; a son, William Love; a sister, Jane Love Lee, and two brothers, Robert and Matthew Love.