NEW YORK-D. Charles Schlang, CEO of Portico Home, died in his sleep at his home in Scarsdale, N.Y., early Thursday morning. He was 69.
Schlang’s career in the home textiles industry spanned nearly 50 years. He began at Schlang and Co., his family’s fabric business, in the early 1960s, according to Gregg Haft, Portico Home’s president and Schlang’s partner in that business. After Schlang & Co. was sold, he went into partnership with Paul Flamm to form Renaissance, and stayed on board after that company was sold to Leshner.
Schlang left Leshner after it was sold to Pillowtex, and briefly worked at Davidson Cotton. He and Haft came together 11 years ago to found Fayette-Renaissance, which eventually grew into the creation of Portico Home in 2007.
“Charlie was much more than a partner to me. He was also an incredible friend who stood by my side through good and bad,” Haft said. “He had a positive impact on the lives of everyone who came in contact with him both socially and professionally.”
Schlang is survived by his wife Mattie, daughters Julie and Lisa, and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be held this coming Sunday at the Riverside Chapel in Mount Vernon, N.Y.