NEW YORK – Paul Daube, head of The Daube Company in Buffalo Grove, Ill., and for decades one of the driving forces in the Big & Tall men’s apparel market, died Saturday after collapsing at his home.
Members of Big and Tall Associates (BATA), Daube’s retail affiliate group, were informed of Daube’s passing by e-mail on Saturday just hours after Daube’s passing. Other details are said to be forthcoming.
Tall and dignified in a manner that suggested that of a local political leader, Daube was the second generation in his family to head the firm that bears his surname. Its markets had traditionally been open only to those manufacturers who’d been invited by its retail partners at BATA. This practice opened Daube up to competition from the B.A.T.M.A.N. show. However, Daube formed a partnership with the Chicago Merchandise Mart in 2003 which breathed new life into the organization, and Specialty Trade Shows earlier this year announced its intention to discontinue its semiannual B.A.T.M.A.N. markets.