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Practical, Pack-Able and Beautiful Clothes at Nina McLemore
Book Review

by Myrna Katz Frommer 

I first learned about Nina McLemore at the dry cleaners down the block where a decorous sign announced the yearly sale in the building across the way. “I never noticed a dress shop there,” I said to Mrs. Young as she handed me my clothes. “Oh it’s not a storefront,” she told me. “The showroom is up on the sixth floor. Go take a look. The clothing is beautiful and of excellent quality.”

So I did and half an hour later walked out with a pair of beige silk pants, a vanilla t-shirt in one of those new synthetic fibers that hugs the body and at the same time breathes, and an orange jacket of a luxurious silk and cotton blend with brass buttons and a Mandarin collar that gives it a vaguely Chinese look. In the two months that followed my impulsive purchase, the all-season combo has afforded much pleasure and use both in the winter of New York and the almost spring of Madrid. What’s more, and this is a given in the Nina McLemore line, the garments suffer no loss of elegance and style for their being eminently practical and pack-able.

With more than 30 years experience in the fashion business and private equity, the tall, silver-haired Mississippi native was well placed to perceive a needed niche in the women’s apparel market in 2003 which led Ms. McLemore to leave the profitable Liz Claiborne Accessories, which she had founded, and establish a company in her own name. There, Nina McLemore designs, creates and sells clothes of high-quality imported fabrics that mix and match easily while moving through the dimensions of the modern woman’s life – from work to travel to entertainment to leisure.

You won’t find them in a store however. Rather than being distributed through retail outlets, the line is presented four times a year by a national network of sales representatives who, having developed their own customer base, have become entrepreneurs of fashion that is only too easy to love.

As Mrs. Young said, “Go take a look.”

Nina McLemore
135 East 55 Street
New York, NY 10022

Phone: 212 319-7700

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About the Authors:  Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer are a wife and husband team who successfully bridge the worlds of popular culture and traditional scholarship. Co-authors of the critically acclaimed interactive oral histories It Happened in the Catskills, It Happened in Brooklyn, Growing Up Jewish in America, It Happened on Broadway, It Happened in Manhattan, It Happened in Miami. They teach what they practice as professors at Dartmouth College.

They are also travel writers who specialize in luxury properties and fine dining as well as cultural history and Jewish history and heritage in the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. More about these authors.

You can contact the Frommers at: 

Email: myrna.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU
Email: harvey.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU

This Article is Copyright © 1995 - 2012 by Harvey and Myrna Frommer.  All rights reserved worldwide.


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