Youngstown, Ohio doesn’t have the best reputation. We’re the city you see on the national news for high murder rates, poverty, the closure of steel mills, and the (now thankfully gone — well, as far as I know) mafia.
The truth is, though, that Youngstown has a lot of positive things going for it. The cost of living is low, there are beautiful outdoor spaces (Mill Creek Park), we’ve got some wonderful museums — like the Butler Institute of American Art and the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor — and we have some great Youngstown success stories.
One of those success stories is fashion designer Nanette Lepore. Not only was Lepore born and bred in Youngstown, but she also attended Youngstown State University, us Dames’ dear collegiate alma mater.
Lepore has been a fashion staple for over a decade, both in New York and around the world. Her designs, which are beautiful, feminine, and easy to wear, are worn by celebrities and non-celebrities alike — and you don’t need to be a millionaire to buy them. Her designs are what made her famous, but also noteworthy is the work she has done to help save New York City’s Garment District and keep fashion-related jobs in the United States. Lepore is a home-run for American fashion and for Youngstown.
Her Spring 2012 collection debuts tomorrow (Wednesday, Sept. 14th at 11am) during New York’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.