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Alex and Eliza Bolen sent the following letter to the staff of Oscar de la Renta, which serves as their company statement:

October 21st, 2014

This story first appeared in the October 22, 2014 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

Colleagues —

We write to let you know that Oscar passed away last night at home in Connecticut surrounded by family, friends and more than a few dogs.

He died exactly as he lived: with tremendous grace, great dignity and very much on his own terms.

While our hearts are broken by the idea of life without Oscar, he is still very much with us.

Oscar’s hard work, his intelligence and his love of life are at the heart of our company. All that we have done, and all that we will do is informed by his values and his spirit. Through Oscar’s example, we know the way forward. We will make Oscar very proud of us by continuing in an even stronger way the work that Oscar loved so much.

We are working on the formal arrangements to celebrate Oscar’s life. As those plans are finalized, we will let you know.

In the meantime, thank you for your friendship, loyalty and support.


Alex and Eliza Bolen

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