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Basco's Lance Karesh Dead at 74

Basco's Lance Karesh Dead at 74
From WWD - February 9, 2018

Lance Karesh, the former design director of Basco, a spin-off of Barneys New Yorks private label that was popular in the Eighties and Nineties, has died at 74.

He passed away in Los Angeles on Jan. 29 after a short illness, according to his nephew Ken Karesh, who said his uncle was retired and living there to be near his children and grandchildren, who are in the film business.

Karesh joined Basco, an acronym for Barneys All-American Sportswear Co., in 1978, a year after it was started. A native of New York, he had been a teacher at a public school in the South Bronx before joining Whistle Stop, a juniors company, where he worked his way up from salesman to merchandiser.

He worked for several other Seventh Avenue fashion brands before joining Basco, which was started by Barneys executive vice presidents Gene Pressman and his brother Robert. He eventually became a co-owner of the brand.

After hearing the news of Kareshs death, Gene Pressman wrote on Facebook: Lance was a very close friend of mine since the Seventies. We decided to collaborate on first, a mens collection, and later, a womens collection, all under the umbrella of Basco. He was quite the charactera stealth comic and critic. He had great taste and was responsible for influencing me to go to Japan in the late Seventies where I brought back designers like Comme des Garons and Yohji Yamamoto to America. In 1981, our design collaboration won the Cutty Sark Award for Best New American Designer. Basco continued until 1996. Lance went on to design womens wear for various companies. He died too young. RIP Lance Karesh.

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