Beginning in the 1960’s, when raincoats were only a sideline for manufacturers, Irving and his business partner successfully produced a brand of high-fashion women’s all-weather outerwear.
The Millsteins prospered, and they were generous to those around them.
In the mid-1960s, the Millsteins retained a young attorney, Robert J. Randell, to assist them with a zoning issue. Their house-keeper was retiring, and they decided to buy her a house with
two rental units to ensure that she had a place to live and a source of income. The Millsteins’ relationship with Robert Randell grew over the years, and he became their attorney for their personal affairs.
Together, Irving and Phyllis lived a happy and productive lives together in their Manhattan and Amagansett, NY residences. Irving passed away first, in 1998.
In 2002, Phyllis became ill while spending the summer on Long Island. She was within hours of death when her property caretaker and his wife discovered her unconscious in her Amagansett home. Phyllis had been friends with the couple
for years, and they were worried when they could not contact her. Fortunately, they had a key to the house.