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Nat Nast Cofounder Departs

Barbara Nast Saletan, daughter of Nat Nast, has resigned as president of the sportswear brand.

The final member of the founding family has left Nat Nast.

Barbara Nast Saletan, daughter of Nat Nast, has resigned as president of the sportswear brand. Last October, Nat Nast, which is known for its iconic bowling shirts, was purchased by brothers Michael and David Haddad, the owners of Fashion Options, for an undisclosed sum.

According to sources, Saletan decided to step down to spend more time with her husband and family. “She got them through the transition and had a different view of how to grow the company, so it was time to say goodbye,” the source said.

Michael Haddad said the parting was “amicable. Barbara thought it was the right time to retire. She felt comfortable enough with the company and the respect we had for her father’s legacy to do that. We’re honored and humbled that she has that confidence in us.”

He said since purchasing the brand last fall, he has expanded into several other product categories including knitwear, bottoms, swimwear, shorts and wovens — “anything you’d find in the men’s sportswear field.” He said the brand has been performing well and he will take over the day-to-day operations of the label with his “right-hand man,” Ray Stuart.

Saletan restarted the label that was founded by their father in 1946 with her sister Patty Nast Canton in 2000. Canton left the company in early 2010. 

Saletan could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Fashion Options also owns the Beverly Hills Polo Club brand and also holds the license for Pony in men’s, women’s and boys, and Airwalk in young men’s and boys.