January 26, 2021

Atelier Cologne VP Catherine Lai, 37, Dies

Atelier Cologne’s vice president of global communications and digital, Catherine “Kit” Lai, 37, died suddenly on June 30 from cardiac arrest. Her unborn daughter also passed.
She is survived by her husband, John Darcy, and two-year-old son, Dashiell.
Friends and colleagues described Lai as elegant — a nurturer with big, brown eyes and a wide smile.
“She was so caring,” said Lauren Rodolitz, vice president of integrated communications for Kiehl’s, and a long-term friend of Lai. “I used to joke all the time that [her bag] was like a Mary Poppins bag…she’d have almonds or Kind bars or dried fruit — you were never hungry around Kit.”
Lai and Rodolitz met about 15 years ago while working at Behrman Communications. After that, Lai moved to Translation, TL Communications, Coty and Lancôme before taking on the Atelier Cologne position earlier this year. “That’s what we all wanted when we were younger,” Rodolitz noted. “I was just so excited for her.”
“Kit was always doing things to help other people,” said Stacy Mackler, vice president of communications and public relations for Lancôme. “If we had a team meeting at 1 p.m. — she would have made meatballs the night before, or lasagna, or chocolate chip cookies, and

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