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Leigh H. Perkins, leader who built Orvis, dies at 93

The Washington Post 05/13/2021

Leigh H. Perkins was looking to combine his interest in business and the great outdoors when he took out a loan and acquired Orvis in 1965 for $400,000. Mr. Perkins, who had been an Orvis customer before buying the company, built the brand from its niche in fishing tackle to one selling a wide variety of goods across multiple categories while remaining true to its outdoors heritage. Orvis is currently led by Mr. Perkins’s grandson, Simon.

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