Michael Leva, Who Found Fashion Fame Early, Is Dead at 62

Known for sophisticated and wearable clothes, he was among a crop of young designers celebrated in the late 1980s. He went on to consult for fashion companies.

Michael Leva, who was a celebrated young fashion designer on the verge of national prominence, then pivoted to a career as a fashion executive and branding consultant, died on Sept. 14 in Providence, R.I. He was 62.

His friend Maggie McCormick said the cause was heart failure.

Women’s Wear Daily in 1989 declared Mr. Leva one of “The New Majors,” noting a few months later that he was “evolving into a design talent to be reckoned with.” The short-lived New York City weekly 7 Days

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