Dominick Avellino, Who Designed Under DD Dominick, Dies at 74

Dominick Avellino, who was known for his youthful sportswear in the Seventies and Eighties and designed under both the DD Dominick and his namesake brand, died Thursday in a car crash in Salisbury, Conn. He was 74.
State police said Avellino, of Lee, Mass., was driving north on Route 41, near Logan Road in Salisbury, Conn., when his 2009 Subaru Forester went off the road and hit a tree. Avellino was transported to Sharon Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to state police.
He is survived by his husband, Jeffrey Schwager, who was also his business partner in their sportswear and retail business.
Avellino, whose parents were from Ponza, Italy, was born and raised in New York City. After high school, he did landscape gardening near Woodstock, N.Y. and got involved in the health food world, working with crafts and plants. There wasn’t much to do at night up there, so his friend taught him how to crochet and he started making jewelry.
Avellino teamed with Schwager, whom he met on a blind date, and moved back to New York where he opened a shop on East 50th Street in 1969 selling jewelry and knits made by himself, friends and friends of friends.

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