Services for Lawrence S. Phillips, former chairman and chief executive officer of Phillips-Van Heusen Corp., will be held Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Rodeph Sholom Synagogue, 7 West 83rd Street, between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue, in Manhattan.
Phillips died in September at his home in Delray Beach, Fla., at the age of 88 after suffering a stroke.
Phillips was considered an inspirational and dynamic leader as well as the executive who created the largest shirt manufacturer in the U.S. He joined his family’s men’s shirt business after graduating from Princeton University in 1948 and held several positions before being named president and chief executive officer in 1967. After his father’s death in 1987, he was elevated to chairman.
It was during his seven-year reign as chairman that PVH’s annual sales more than doubled to $1 billion and the company climbed to the top of the heap in U.S. shirt production.
Phillips relinquished his chairman’s post in 1994 and sold the family’s remaining 11 percent stake in the company the following year.