Mark Eisen, who was a leading fashion designer in the ’90s before venturing into art, has died at age 65.
Services were held last week for Eisen, who died on Nov. 17 at his home in Great Barrington, Mass. The family has not disclosed the cause of death, according to Jared Vorster, a family spokesperson, who also worked with Eisen for about the past 10 years.
After being an influential American designer in the ’80s and ’90s, Eisen exited the fashion world. He moved back part-time to his homeland South Africa in 2007, where he bought and renovated a 17th-century French Huguenot wine farm. In addition to making wine, Eisen used that time on the farm to focus on industrial design for the luxury group Compagnie Financière Richemont. Eisen also simultaneously pursued his art as a sculptor.
Born in Cape Town, Eisen moved to the U.S. at the age of 19 to attend the University of Southern California, where he studied business. As an undergraduate, he designed a Trojan-type hat akin to the school’s mascot that was sold nationwide, at a time when USC was a number-one athletic collegiate force. The sales helped land him a job with a real estate developer, but boredom set in and he turned his attention more to fashion. In 1988, he was honored with the “Alumni of the Year” award from the University of Southern California…