Vyto P. Palionis, 46, senior vice president of G-III Apparel Group, died Dec. 26 at his home in Seattle.
The cause of death was amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Palionis was born and raised in Chicago. After graduating from the University of South Florida in 1990, he began a retail career, working in store management at the Wm. A. Lewis Clothing Co. and Banana Republic. In 1992, he joined the home store buying offices at Burdine’s in Miami. Three years later, he moved to New York, where he became vice president and general merchandise manager of retail for Hugo Boss Fashions. He also worked at Calvin Klein (GFT) and went on to become vice president of DKNY men’s wear sales and merchandising, and Donna Karan New York men’s wear merchandising. He became president of Ocean Pacific’s young men’s and juniors division, overseeing product development, domestic sales and distribution, before joining G-III, where he was responsible for sales and marketing for Kenneth Cole men’s outerwear.
Palionis is survived by his partner, Bruno Grillo, and two brothers.