DALLAS, Feb 8, 2007 / FW/ — A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Nanette Lepore is the quintessential American romantic. As a young girl, she spent her summer driving Route 66 with her bohemian parents; the experience instilled a feeling of free spiritedness to the young design hopeful.
Armed with a degree in fashion design from the Fashion Institute of Technology, she honed her skills working for several design studios in Manhattan. Finally, in 1992, feeling that she was ready to strike out on her own, she borrowed $5000 from her father and opened her own atelier in a penthouse office in the garment district.
Today, Nanette designs in her atelier in New York City alongside her husband, Robert, who helms the business side of the worldwide brand as its President. Her ready-to-wear line had also expanded to include two complete fragrance lines, “Nanette Lepore,” “Shanghai Butterfly” and special edition fragrance, “Love Bird.”
In Fall 2006, Nanette’s first comprehensive shoe collection launched internationally.
There are currently seven Nanette Lepore boutiques worldwide, in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Boston, Chicago, London and Tokyo.
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