LONDON — Marc Worth, the integer media and manner entrepreneur who founded the WGSN and Stylus Media Group, has died aged 61.
Worth died of a bosom attack, according to his family. His ceremonial volition beryllium held connected Tuesday.
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A genial antheral and canny entrepreneur who was speedy to recognize the powerfulness of data, integer quality and forecasting for the originative industries, Worth began his vocation successful covering manufacturing.
He aboriginal turned his attraction to inclination and intelligence-gathering for the manner industry. In 1997, on with his older member Julian, helium launched Worth Global Style Network, WGSN, aimed astatine manner professionals looking for data, investigation and probe connected retail, merchandise and benignant trends.
In 2005, the Worth brothers sold WGSN to the now-defunct Emap for 140 cardinal pounds. Today, WGSN is simply a part of Ascential, a information and e-commerce optimization company.
Five years aboriginal — aft an unsuccessful effort to discontinue — Worth founded Stylus, which tracks and analyzes concern trends crossed a assortment of industries including manner and beauty, electronics, location and concern design, architecture and advertising.
Hearst would aboriginal instrumentality a 20 percent involvement successful Stylus Media Group.
Last year, Worth became enforcement president of Stylus aft serving arsenic its main enforcement serviceman for much than a decade.
Victoria Rennie, CEO of Stylus, described Worth arsenic an “indomitable beingness whose passionateness and wit volition permission an indelible people connected our business, and the industry, for years to come. Many of america astatine Stylus person worked with Marc for decades and his nonaccomplishment volition beryllium felt sorely.”
Rennie added: “We volition proceed our enactment to germinate and turn the concern Marc founded, arsenic I cognize helium would person wished america to do. Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with the full Worth household astatine this precise bittersweet time.”
In 2007, Worth stepped backmost into the covering arena, reviving the Ossie Clark label, which showed for a fewer seasons astatine London Fashion Week.
“I thought it would beryllium a amusive and breathtaking project,” Worth told WWD astatine the time. “The main crushed wherefore British designers don’t win contiguous is elemental — finance. I’ve been successful the covering concern for 30 years, and I thought this would beryllium an perfect mode of giving thing backmost to the British manner industry.”
Worth had an exclusive licensing woody with Alfred Radley, the covering shaper that purchased Clark’s concern successful the precocious ’60s.
He said helium was impressed with Radley’s “100 percent meticulous” Ossie Clark archive, which included 700 pieces of clothing, and that helium wanted to instrumentality a accidental connected a revival. Worth’s program was to put a “seven-figure sum” successful the business.
Worth picked Avshalom Gur, who had worked for Donna Karan, Roberto Cavalli, Chloé and Nicole Farhi, to transportation connected Clark’s originative legacy, and caput the plan team.
Worth had wanted the Clark concern to beryllium the archetypal successful a portfolio of brands. “My involvement is successful giving backmost to the British manner industry,” helium said.
But it was not to be. Worth shuttered the statement pursuing the recession of 2008, the deepest slowdown the U.K. had seen since World War II.
Caroline Rush, CEO of the British Fashion Council, described Worth arsenic a “larger-than-life quality who was a large champion of London Fashion Week, and was passionate astir supporting endowment from students to entrepreneurs. Through WGSN helium created a web and inclination forecasting level which inspired and provided opportunities for truthful galore people.“
Daniel Marks, laminitis of Townhouse Consultancy Ltd., who knew Worth personally and professionally, said helium was “the kindest of men, and 1 of the quiet, unsung heroes of the manner industry. He was a large listener, gave extraordinarily bully advice, and was ever acceptable to assistance and springiness his time. In the toughest of circumstances for others helium was ever blessed to measurement successful to enactment not conscionable financially, but with an limb astir a shoulder, and conscionable the close words of comfort.
“He was a champion of fashion, a champion of Israel and a arrogant champion of his household of whom helium was immensely proud. I was privileged to person worked with him and to person called him my friend,” Marks said.
Worth was calved successful Nottingham, England, and had homes successful England and Israel. In 2011, helium became seat of U.K. Israel Business, a merger of the erstwhile British-Israel Chamber of Commerce and the Israel Britain Business Council.
He was besides a trustee of The Tel Aviv Foundation and the president of TLVinLDN. He served arsenic president of the Board of Governors of Israel’s Shenkar College since 2013, invested successful caller businesses and mentored young entrepreneurs from a assortment of backgrounds.
Charlotte Clark, manager of the originative and events bureau INCA Productions, worked with Worth connected large-scale London presentations to beforehand Israeli civilization successful London.
She said, “Marc was a visionary whose passionateness and content propelled him to execute truthful overmuch successful his life. His enthusiasm was intoxicating and his cognition and penetration impressive. But what shone supra each was his kindness. He ever recovered the clip to chat, and that was astir apt what helped him hone is uncanny oculus to spot a caller talent. I volition miss him, arsenic I cognize volition the wider squad astatine INCA productions.”
Worth is survived by his woman Kelly, and his erstwhile woman Hilda, who is the parent of his children Patti, Max, Henry, and Louis. Worth’s different survivors see his member Julian; sister Erica, and grandchildren Edie, Jack, and Margot.
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