Roger Forsythe

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Roger Forsythe (born John Roger Forsythe) (July 11, 1955 - October 6, 1991) was a men's fashion designer.


Roger Forsythe was born in Chillicothe, Missouri on July 11, 1955 and raised in Texas.

Forsythe earned a business degree from the University of Houston and then moved to the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, where he graduated with an associate degree in applied sciences, specializing in men's wear, in 1982.

He created a company with his brother Bill, of Des Moines, to design and marketed his first Menswear Collection of Ties. Forsythe trademarked his name on July 23, 1984.[1] He then worked for Jean Paul Germaine, Kenneth Gordon and D. D. Dominick, and was director of men's, women's and children's sportswear collections at Basic Elements.

In 1988 he was hired as vice president and head designer for the Perry Ellis Group.[2] Despite feeling pressure for responsibility of an established name, Forsythe enjoyed the position.[3] Under his direction, sales under his leadership jumped from $15 million to more than $100 million annually.[2]

Forsythe won the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in 1991 in the Menswear category.[citation needed]

He died on October 6, 1991 at the New York University Medical Center of HIV- related lymphatic cancer.[2][4]


  1. ^ Trademark: ROGER FORSYTHE." Retrieved March 13, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c New York Times, "Obituary: Roger Forsythe, 36, Men's Wear Designer", October 9, 1991.
  3. ^ Ciampa, Gail. Providence Journal (Providence, RI), October 19, 1989, page D-01.
  4. ^ Buck, Genevieve (September 8, 1991). "Perry Ellis Designer Reveals Hiv-related Illness". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2012-12-18.