The Los Angeles fashion world was mourning Fred Segal Sunday, after the death of the retailer whose West Hollywood store was a place to shop, socialize and be seen.

Segal died Thursday at a Santa Monica hospital due to complications from a stroke, according to his representatives. He was 87.

In 1961, Segal created a retail scene that helped personify the high-fashion but casual Los Angeles lifestyle, sparking a revolutionary shift in retail that lasted decades. As a pioneer of the shop-in-shop concept, his stores were both entertainment and a social event in themselves.

Segal’s first namesake shop debuted as a designer denim emporium on Santa Monica Boulevard, growing into a cutting-edge outpost on Melrose Avenue for such then-up-and-coming lifestyle designer brands as Juicy Couture, Hard Candy, Earl Jeans and Kate Spade.

His ivy-covered flagship store drew such Hollywood stars as The Beatles, Diana Ross, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts and Gwyneth Paltrow. The Fred Segal name has also surfaced in films, including “Clueless” in 1995.

Global Icons, a global brand licensing agency, acquired Fred Segal in 2019.

Current locations include Sunset Boulevard and Malibu stores, along with shops in Bern, Germany, and Taipei. News reports this week said that new stores are planned in Las Vegas.

Segal “was a true artist who dedicated his life to evolving as a human being in every aspect,” his family said in a statement. “He challenged us to expand our minds and our hearts, to go deeper and to do better.

“He was an innovator, a forward thinker, a rule breaker, a mentor to so many, such a lover of life and a humanitarian. Anyone who knew him felt his powerful energy. He worked his whole life to have self love and to teach all of us to love one another. To the very end, he inspired us to never give up. He will be forever loved and celebrated.”

Segal is survived by his wife, Tina, five children, 10 grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and his wife’s two children and grandson.

The family asks that anyone wishing to honor his legacy should consider donating to the Segal Family-United World Foundation at 10960 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1100, Los Angeles, CA 90024.

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