Bernard Ashley
(1926-2009)

Died aged c. 83

Sir Bernard Albert Ashley (11 August 1926 – 14 February 2009) was an English businessperson and engineer. He was the husband of Laura Ashley, and was her business partner from the founding of their fashion-textiles-centred business. An engineer with a love of trains, planes and boats, Ashley was often portrayed in the media as a businessperson instead of a designer – but he had a huge love of colour and design. He had interests in Laura Ashley Holdings and the country-house hotel Llangoed Hall. Ranked 796th richest person in the UK with a fortune of £60m in fashion and hotels by the Sunday Times Rich List. He lived mainly in Brussels, but had houses in Hay-on-Wye and France.

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Photo of Laura Ashley and Bernard Ashley green plaque
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Laura Ashley designer 1925-1985 began printing fabrics here with her husband, Bernard 1954-1956

83 Cambridge Street, SW1, London, United Kingdom where he began printing fabrics