November 28, 2020

Josie Natori Fetes 40 Years in Business With Colleagues, Friends From Along the Way

After a yearlong debate about throwing a party for her company’s 40th anniversary, Josie Natori was eventually swayed by a friend. “She said, ‘If you can last 40 years in this business, you deserve to have a drink,’” Natori told guests at Tuesday night’s celebration at the Prince George Ballroom.
Burt Tansky, Ron Frasch, Macy’s Terry J. Lundgren, Hudson Bay’s Gerald Storch, Bergdorf Goodman’s Linda Fargo and Rose Marie Bravo were among the retailers past and present who seemed to agree. Calvin Tsao, Stan Herman, Fern Mallis, Geoffrey Banks, Jeannette Chang, Joyce Brown, Marion Weintraub, Peter Arnold, Ray Kelly and his wife Veronica and Donna Hanover were also in the mix.
Thanking the crowd, Natori singled out two mentors — her former dean Elizabeth McCormack, who “at Manhattanville [College] said women can be anything they want in life,” and from her pre-fashion days as Merrill Lynch’s first female vice president in investment banking, Joe Ford made the trip from Little Rock. The faintly tropical, leafy decor was created by another confidante, David Monn, whom Natori actually urged to go into party planning, hiring him for an outdoor birthday party for her husband nearly 20 years ago.
Tansky, who jokingly introduced himself as “I’m Burt

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