Alan “Butch” Fried (pictured), a well-known 47th Street jewelry dealer renowned for his love of bold, larger-than-life jewelry, died June 22 in Texas. He was 86 years old.
Fried began his career at the Bowery in New York, before joining his father, Morris, on 47th Street.
After moving downtown, Fried became a mainstay in the Diamond District, known not only for buying “exaggerated” jewelry, but also for wearing it.
“A jeweler told me that if someone had a huge, garish piece that no one on 47th Street could sell, he would say, ‘Show it to Butch, he’ll buy it,'” says his son Adam, now Sales Development Manager for ALink. .
Adam recalls that just walking down 47th Street with his dad could be time consuming: “It literally took us hours to walk a block because everyone had to say hello and show him parts to buy. .”
Fried also spent a lot of time on the road, traveling 35 weeks a year to promote his business.
Later, Fried moved his business to Dallas – to be closer, some say, to his beloved Dallas Cowboys.
Fried’s business will continue to be run by his son Malcolm.
Alan Fried is survived by his sons Adam and Malcolm, and two daughters, Amanda and Michelle; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A celebration of his life is scheduled for September 28.
Photo courtesy of Adam Fried
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