Guest blog post from The Josie Guy! Here he is….
This year marks the 40th Anniversary of The Natori Company, the fashion brand my mother started 40 years ago, the company I joined 10 years ago. Fashion… is not easy. Trends change, patterns shift, things go wrong… it’s hard. And having seen how much effort and love my mother and our employees have put into making Natori thrive made this Tuesday all the more special.
Natori Dragon, greeting guests as they entered.
On August 1st, we invited partners, associates, and vendors – present and past, from near and afar – to the Prince George Ballroom in the Flatiron district to celebrate our 40th Anniversary. To say that the room was filled with love, energy, and joy would be an incredible understatement. More than just running a business, my parents have created lifelong friendships and partnerships that I can only hope to sustain. People came from all over the world to celebrate.
The party was organized by David Monn, party planner for the stars and great friend to our family (and our wedding planner). The room was beautiful, adorned with bamboo, making it feel perfectly Natori. Pictured is model Elena Kurnosova wearing Josie Natori.
More models wearing Josie Natori
The highlight of the night: a screening of the Natori 40th Anniversary video, put together by Tim Braun. Many teary eyes in the house. The 18 minute video, with insights on our process, family, and history, is embedded at the bottom of the post. Pictured here is my mother introducing the video.
The crowd watching the video.
We were so touched that so many of our wonderful partners came out to celebrate!
Macy’s Executive Chairman Terry Lundgren, Former Alltel Chairman Joe Ford.
Ex-CFDA Fashion Director Fern Mallis with mom
Former Saks Fifth Avenue President Ron Frasch, Josie
Mom, Hudson’s Bay Chairman Jerry Storch, and wife Jacqui.
Josie and former Departures Editor-in-Chief Richard Story
Me, mom, dad. (Josie Girl missing, on West Coast)
Stan Herman, Josie, Jeffrey Banks
Former Neiman Marcus CEO Burt Tansky, Josie, Burt’s granddaughter
Part of the WWD Team! Bobbi Queen, Etta Froio
Me and #MomBoss
Cool Gray Seven Creative Director Amy Gustantino, and Natori Creative Director (head of Cool Gray Seven) Andrew Egan
Burberry Vice Chairman and former CEO Rose Marie Bravo, Josie, Bill Jackey
The coverage! Thanks Bridget / WWD!
And the grand finale! Our 40th anniversary video embedded below, or available at this link. Thank you to all of our partners and employees. And congrats to my mother. Here’s to the next 40 years!
-Ken, The Josie Girl’s Husband