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NEW YORK — Josie Natori, chief executive officer of Natori Co., will moderate a panel discussion Thursday by Asian-American designers and fashion professionals on Asia’s role as a creative influence for fashion and as an important market.
The program at the Asia Society, entitled, “Asian-American Designers and Their Impact on Fashion,” will explore designers’ experiences in the U.S. and perspectives on their identity as Asian-Americans in the fashion world. Natori is a trustee of the Asia Society.
The panel is expected to include Gemma Kahng, Yeohlee Teng and Kazuko, a jewelry designer and mixed media artist. The other participants will be Jeannette Chang, vice president/publisher of Harper’s Bazaar, and Harold Koda, associate curator of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The discussion is part of an ongoing series on Asian-Americans in business that the corporate programs department at the Asia Society organizes, said Judi Kilachand, assistant director for corporate programs at the Asia Society.
“New York being the capital of fashion and retail, we thought this would be a wonderful topic to cover,” she said.
Tickets to the event, being held at the Asia Society at 725 Park Avenue, are $10 for members and $15 for non-members. To order tickets, call 517-ASIA.

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