Byline: Karyn Monget
NEW YORK — Two longtime executives of the intimate-apparel industry were honored by The Goodfellowship Corset Club: Frank Magrone, former chief executive officer of NCC Industries, and Hank Hamburg, a retired textile executive.
Magrone currently is a consultant for the Vanity Fair Intimates unit of VF Corp.
Plugged as a “roast,” the event took place at The Sky Club in the Met Life Building, and pulled in over 100 members of the foundations community. A few guests referred to the evening’s festivities as “B-B-Q Night.”
Magrone and Hamburg were both cheered and jeered by their peers, as the highlights — and less memorable moments of their careers — were laid bare for all to hear.
Janet Peters, a consultant for H. Warshow & Sons and a former vice president of VF, noted, “I started out in the industry in the Fifties and met Frank in the Sixties. He’s done so much for the industry, and I think he’s absolutely spectacular.
“His coming to Vanity Fair is a great asset to the company,” said Peters, blowing kisses at Magrone.
Magrone, who grew up in Little Italy, said he had been “blessed” to work in the foundations industry since 1947. His first jobs were sweeping the cuttings from the sewing floor, and cutting and sewing bras with his family in the kitchen at night.
“We got 15 cents for a dozen bras,” recalled Magrone, who attended the High School of Fashion Industries and the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Marty Birnbaum, vice president of sales at Westchester Lace, only had one piece of advice for Hamburg: “Hank, it’s over. Next year, your biggest decision in Florida will be whether to order the flounder or the steak with mushroom sauce. By then, you’ll be mixing your vodka cocktails with Citrucil.”