NEW YORK — Marty Brody is almost ready to start the next chapter of his life.

Brody, after 25 years as founder and chief executive officer at Kellwood Co.’s Sag Harbor and more than 40 years in the apparel industry, was toasted by friends, family and colleagues who marked his retirement during a cocktail party Wednesday night on the rooftop terrace of the Bryant Park Grill here.

His last day isn’t until next month, but Brody has been helping smooth the transition for Paul A. Robb, the new ceo of Sag Harbor.

Brody has a clear vision of his future.

“I have a great wife of 30 years that I’m going to spend some real time with,” he said. “I’ve also got three great kids, a house in the Hamptons, I’ll do some traveling, play some golf — I’m going to have plenty to keep me busy.”

He’ll also have time to hit the gym, thanks to Kellwood. As a parting gift, the company gave Brody a one-year membership to Equinox fitness center along with the services of a personal trainer.

Brody said he is sad to leave the company he founded in 1965 (known then as Parsons Place Apparel Co.) and sold to Kellwood in 1986 (which renamed it Sag Harbor in 1994), but he’s confident that it will be left in good hands.

“Paul’s been with Kellwood for a few years now, so I know he’ll be great for Sag Harbor,” Brody said. “Time dictates change in business, and I am confident that Paul will come in and make the appropriate changes for this brand.”

Under Kellwood, Sag Harbor, the largest and most profitable of its divisions, grew to $400 million from $40 million.

Robb, a 30-year veteran of the apparel industry, was most recently president of Kellwood Menswear, a post he held since 2002. He joined Kellwood in 2001 as president of its Slates licensed tops division. Earlier, he was president and ceo of Block Corp., a men’s sportswear firm, and Duck Head Apparel Co. He also has served as director and executive vice president of Eddie Haggar Ltd.

This story first appeared in the June 10, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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