Israel Arnold Ziff OBE, the former president of Stylo, died in July at the age of 77. Ziff joined his family’s business in 1948, 30 years after it was founded in Leeds by his aunt and uncle. He acquired the Barratts footwear chain in 1964, beating Sir Charles Clore, founder of the British Shoe Corporation, and became chairman of Stylo two years later. The company’s other acquisitions up to the 1990s included Bacons, Hush Puppies, Instep, McManus, Pennywise, Saxone, Valdis and Shellys, some of which were later sold. Today Stylo numbers around 750 stores. Ziff won the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s National Footwear Awards.