Louis Praino

A memorial mass will be held Oct. 19 for Louis Praino, a highly regarded senior production executive, who died Sept. 15 at 76.

The mass will be held at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church at 7 Pound Ridge Road in Bedford, N.Y.

As reported, Praino died of Alzheimer’s disease at a nursing home in Somers, N.Y.

Born in Frascineto, Italy, Praino moved to the Bronx and received an associate degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology. He took his first job at P.R.L., an outerwear firm, then became a patternmaker at Teal Traina. He eventually became head of production for Teal, the company’s moderate price division, before joining B.H. Wragge. From 1973 to 1980, Praino was president of the Ralph Lauren Women’s Wear division of the former Kreisler Group. Praino was president of Pierre Cardin Sportif, a unit of Beldoch Industries, from 1980 to 1984, and was named vice president of production and product development for Karl Lagerfeld ready-to-wear (part of Bidermann Industries) from 1984 to 1986.

Praino also worked at Calvin Klein Jeans and served as executive vice president of worldwide sourcing at Donna Karan.

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