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This SF Native Carries an Emergency Evening Gown in Her Bag

Photo: Rebecca Greenfield for the <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/hyatt-hotels-executive-has-a-spare-evening-gown-in-her-bag-1413912114">Wall Street Journal</a>
Photo: Rebecca Greenfield for the Wall Street Journal

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Katherine Melchior Ray did not get the memo that San Francisco is supposed to be casual and laid-back. Melchior Ray —an SF native who now splits her time between Portland and Chicago as VP of luxury brands for Hyatt Hotels— tells the Wall Street Journal that she keeps an evening gown rolled into a corner of her black suede Gucci carry-on after receiving a last minute invite to a fancy soiree years ago.

"Once, having just landed on the tarmac at LaGuardia Airport in New York City, she got a spontaneous invitation from a friend to a black-tie party that evening. Ms. Melchior Ray told him she had the dress and he agreed to provide the jewelry... Since then, she never travels without a gown, and keeps her own stash of Allison Stern jewelry tucked into a denim Louis Vuitton pencil case," the paper reports. That's it, folks. We officially have a new role model. For the complete rundown on the contents of Melchior Ray's bag, check out the full article.
· Hyatt Hotels Executive Has a Spare Evening Gown in Her Bag [Wall Street Journal]
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