|Birth: ||Aug. 11, 1926|
London Borough of Camden
Greater London, England
|Death: ||Feb. 14, 2009, Wales|
Designer. Businessman. Engineer. He was the husband of fashion designer Laura Ashley. The two met in a youth club, dated for several years, then married in 1949. Laura was interested in fashion design, so with the help of Bernard, they set up a smal sewing factory in Wales. Both knew every worker by name and often said they were "family." The business was a success in the U.K. and soon included a line of bedding. Sir Bernard thought the business could do well in the United States, but the clothing did not do well. The bedding remained a stable seller however.
In September 1985 while the two were visiting the home of one of their daughters, Laurea fell down a flight of stairs. Sir Bernard rushed her to the hospital, but despite the doctors best efforts, she died 10 days later.
Sit Bernard did not re-marry, but continued to work within the Laura Ashley Business, including fashion, bedding and country homes that served as resorts. Sir Bernard died peacefully on Feb. 14, 2009.
Laura Ashley (1925 - 1985)
Note: This man was a gient in the UK fashion world.
Created by: Palm Springs Girl
Record added: Oct 25, 2009
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