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The fashion industry lost a luminary yesterday: Marvin Traub, former chairman and CEO of Bloomingdale’s.

Marvin Traub

Marvin Traub, 1925-2012 (Photo courtesy of Women's Wear Daily)

It’s hard to add to The New York Times’ obit, but here’s an executive summary:

He started at Bloomingdale’s bargain basement in 1950, often feigning interest in the merchandise tables to encourage shoppers. He literally climbed the ranks at Bloomie’s to become president in 1969. After turning the department-store chain into a fashion leader, he left in 1991 to launch a consulting firm.

He was good to FIT, and vice versa. FIT’s Home Products Development department gave Traub a distinguished global leadership award in 2006. And a conservation lab in the Shirley Goodman Resource Center is named after his mother, Bea Traub.

Dear reader, what do you remember about Mr. Traub? Do share in the comments section.