Founder of Zara and richest woman in Spain Dies

    Founder of Zara and richest woman in Spain Dies

    post #1 of 6
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    I know some of you like the scents from there:

    http://news.yahoo.com/mera-spains-richest-woman-dies-age-69-083556830.html

    MADRID (AP) — Rosalia Mera, a seamstress who co-founded a clothing store in northwestern Spain that grew into one of the world's largest retail chains, has died at the age of 69. She was Spain's richest woman and a major stakeholder in Inditex SA, the owner of the Zara chain that expanded rapidly across the globe over the past several decades.

    Inditex issued a statement Friday confirming her death but did not provide more details and declined comment via email. Spanish media widely reported that Mera suffered a stroke while on vacation on the Mediterranean island of Menorca and died Thursday night at a hospital in La Coruna, the city where she was born in Spain's Galicia region.

    Mera founded the first Zara store in 1975 in La Coruna with her then-husband, Armancio Ortega. He is listed by Forbes as the world's third-richest person.

    They were originally going to call the store Zorba after the "Zorba the Greek" movie, but there was a bar with that name a few blocks away from the site, so the letters on the Zorba sign were rearranged to spell out Zara.

    The store specialized in low-priced versions of more expensive popular

    post #2 of 6
    Sad news and relatively young. Thanks for sharing.
    post #3 of 6
    Thanks for that! Sorry to hear this. I like their stuff - they have some decent designs, including some that certainly seem novel, and their prices are great. They also cater more to youth. I've seen some things in their stores that I simply can't pull off, but would have bought on the spot if I was younger.
    post #4 of 6

    I read on the BBC News page earlier on. Truly sad news.

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    Originally Posted by Redneck PerfumistoView Post

    Thanks for that! Sorry to hear this. I like their stuff - they have some decent designs, including some that certainly seem novel, and their prices are great. They also cater more to youth. I've seen some things in their stores that I simply can't pull off, but would have bought on the spot if I was younger.

    My wife likes going in there. I couldn't pull their stuff but I would try the scents while my wife shopped. Sad to hear. 69 is young these days.

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    I heard this earlier, it's very sad news.

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    8/16/13 at 5:50am

    ToughCool said:



    I know some of you like the scents from there:

    http://news.yahoo.com/mera-spains-richest-woman-dies-age-69-083556830.html

    MADRID (AP) — Rosalia Mera, a seamstress who co-founded a clothing store in northwestern Spain that grew into one of the world's largest retail chains, has died at the age of 69. She was Spain's richest woman and a major stakeholder in Inditex SA, the owner of the Zara chain that expanded rapidly across the globe over the past several decades.

    Inditex issued a statement Friday confirming her death but did not provide more details and declined comment via email. Spanish media widely reported that Mera suffered a stroke while on vacation on the Mediterranean island of Menorca and died Thursday night at a hospital in La Coruna, the city where she was born in Spain's Galicia region.

    Mera founded the first Zara store in 1975 in La Coruna with her then-husband, Armancio Ortega. He is listed by Forbes as the world's third-richest person.

    They were originally going to call the store Zorba after the "Zorba the Greek" movie, but there was a bar with that name a few blocks away from the site, so the letters on the Zorba sign were rearranged to spell out Zara.

    The store specialized in low-priced versions of more expensive popular

    8/16/13 at 5:57am

    hednic said:



    Sad news and relatively young. Thanks for sharing.

    8/16/13 at 6:01am

    Redneck Perfumisto said:



    Thanks for that! Sorry to hear this. I like their stuff - they have some decent designs, including some that certainly seem novel, and their prices are great. They also cater more to youth. I've seen some things in their stores that I simply can't pull off, but would have bought on the spot if I was younger.

    8/16/13 at 6:25am

    rum said:



    I read on the BBC News page earlier on. Truly sad news.

    8/16/13 at 7:46am

    ToughCool said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Redneck PerfumistoView Post

    Thanks for that! Sorry to hear this. I like their stuff - they have some decent designs, including some that certainly seem novel, and their prices are great. They also cater more to youth. I've seen some things in their stores that I simply can't pull off, but would have bought on the spot if I was younger.

    My wife likes going in there. I couldn't pull their stuff but I would try the scents while my wife shopped. Sad to hear. 69 is young these days.

    8/16/13 at 9:18am

    Kiliwia said:



    I heard this earlier, it's very sad news.