WWD is reporting that Charles Nolan, fashion designer and owner of an eponymous West Village boutique, passed away this morning. The cause of death was liver cancer. He was 53.
Nolan was best known for designing elegant workwear and evening wear for women, and he spent a great deal of his career as chief designer for Ellen Tracy. Before that, he apprenticed for Bill Blass and Christian Dior.
Since 2004, he's been the proprietor of a lovely boutique on Gansevoort Street, where he sold his own collection as well as a mix of books, housewares, and even furniture (which he designed himself).
Nolan's contributions to American fashion, particularly in the last 20 years, should be recognized and remembered with great appreciation.