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Nanette Lepore

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Unlike Fashion, Abortion Can't Be Labeled

(368) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 11:47 AM

I've been in the fashion industry for 20 years. And when I was a little girl, I dreamed of making beautiful clothes, and sewing my name into them. Because in fashion, labels are a must. They're how we mark a dress as ours -- how we help our clients identify...

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Why I Compared My Sister's Wedding to My Own

(13) Comments | Posted October 6, 2011 | 5:40 PM

My sister and I got married the same year. Not the ideal situation, but sometimes love and marriage happen suddenly and people move on an impulse. That's what happened with my sister Michele and Bobby...

In December, I married Bob Savage after dating for 5 years. I was already working...

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The First Lady's Dress

(163) Comments | Posted February 7, 2011 | 8:20 PM

"Women, wear what you love. That's all you can say. That's my motto. It's nice to have on a nice suit. But it's nicer to change a generation, in terms of their health. It's a better use of my time to focus on rallying this country around our military families....
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Made in Midtown -- The Future of American Manufacturing

(209) Comments | Posted October 22, 2010 | 10:39 AM

The warning signs are clear: without intervention and investment, the American manufacturing industry is in danger of extinction.

The United States used to be a country that made things: for over a hundred years, our economy was driven by the production of high-quality goods by American workers in American...

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1 Million Small Businesses Are Now At Risk

(47) Comments | Posted July 16, 2009 | 2:56 PM


CIT's plea for rescue from the Federal Government has been denied. This is a colossal mistake with monumental ramifications. Anyone doing business with or connected to CIT must email and or twitter all of their representatives from The White House to their local mayor's office and tell...

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Save The Garment District!

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2009 | 9:00 PM

Sharon Stone, Miley Cyrus, Eva Longoria Parker, Freida Pinto, Kate Hudson, Kerry Washington, Lindsay Price and Leighton Meester may not be aware of it, but they all have something in common . They are all wearing clothing produced right here in New York City. By wearing clothing made in our...

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Save the Garment Center

(11) Comments | Posted May 17, 2009 | 5:10 PM

When I grew up, if we needed a house, we built it. My Italian grandfather was a bricklayer and my Irish grandfather a carpenter. Grandpa Lepore and his brothers built homes and motels; laying the brick with fine precision. Grandpa McGarry built all the furniture I grew up with, inspired...

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Laying People Off -- Tearfully

(74) Comments | Posted March 30, 2009 | 4:57 PM

The worst has happened, the moment I dreaded. I have had to succumb to the hellacious economy and cut my staff. It's an awful, sinking feeling. I haven't felt this insecure about the future since I started my company almost 20 years ago. Will we ever ride that wave again?...

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The "Bottom Line" Driving All the Character from NYC's Garment District

(3) Comments | Posted March 5, 2009 | 10:14 AM

How ironic that given the current political focus on jobs, my biggest fear is that I will no longer be able to manufacture in America. But the problem is real and local politicians seem indifferent. I am one of the few designers left that manufactures in NYC; 85 percent...
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Fashion Week Whirlwind -- Looking Back

(2) Comments | Posted February 24, 2009 | 12:27 PM

Now that it's over I see the days leading up to the show like a movie reel spinning faster and faster. Insanity. Is it safe to look back??

Five days before the show and it's brutal. Every muscle in my body aches. We drag, the only energy left at...

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Getting Ready for the Runway: Part 2

(2) Comments | Posted February 16, 2009 | 3:10 PM

It's another weekend, working on the show... Saturdays are always the most difficult to get out of bed and get moving because you know it's unnatural. Today is model casting, so it's even worse. You have to stare at fresh-faced, fat-free, teenagers while feeling exhausted and bloated. So I try...

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Getting Ready for the Runway

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2009 | 12:09 PM

Ok, so I'm not an intellectual. Sadly, the closest I get to a newspaper is what my husband 
(my personal Daily Beast) reads to me in the morning, as I pack my daughter's lunch, but I do know the fashion business. It's Feb. week til the runway show I've...

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