Michael ‘Dandy Kim’ Caborn Water­field

Founded Ann Sum­mers BORN JAN­UARY 1, 1930 DIED MAY 4, 2016, AGED 86

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MICHAEL Caborn Water­field was the play­boy so­cialite who launched the first ever Ann Sum­mers shop in 1970. As a mem­ber of the Chelsea Set he was a fa­mil­iar fig­ure in the gos­sip col­umns in the 1950s and 1960s and counted Diana Dors among his many lovers. He be­came known as Dandy Kim thanks to his natty dress sense.

He was born in Lon­don and ed­u­cated at Cran­leigh but de­camped at 16 to a rac­ing sta­ble where he briefly pur­sued an am­bi­tion to be­come a jockey. Dur­ing his ad­ven­tures as an ac­tor and black mar­ke­teer he be­friended the future Lord Lu­can and smug­gled guns for the Cuban dic­ta­tor Batista dur­ing the 1960s.

In the 1950s he was found guilty of the theft of £25,000 in francs from the French Riviera safe of Bar­bara Warner, daugh­ter of the Hol­ly­wood film mogul Jack.

He re­ceived a four-year sen­tence, in ab­sen­tia. De­spite main­tain­ing his in­no­cence he was ar­rested in Bri­tain in 1960 and ex­tra­dited to France where he served 16 months. Af­ter his release he opened a wa­ter ski­ing school in North Africa be­fore re­turn­ing to Bri­tain and en­ter­ing the property busi­ness.

When he de­cided to open a string of sex shops, the first be­ing in Lon­don’s Mar­ble Arch, he knew bet­ter than to do it un­der his own name and plumped for his sec­re­tary An­nice Sum­mers’ name in­stead.

Ann walked out on the com­pany in June 1971 less than a year af­ter its launch af­ter a row with Water­field. He later sold the chain to David and Ralph Gold.

In 2013 Water­field sued David’s daugh­ter. Jac­que­line Gold, now the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Ann Sum­mers, for £500,000 af­ter she claimed in her au­to­bi­og­ra­phy he’d had an adul­ter­ous re­la­tion­ship with Princess Mar­garet and il­le­gally landed his he­li­copter in Hyde Park.

He is sur­vived by a daugh­ter.

PLAY­BOY: Michael Caborn-Water­field

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