Practical, Pack-Able and Beautiful
Clothes at Nina McLemore
by Myrna Katz Frommer
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
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.
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.
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.
Young said, “Go take a look.”
135 East 55 Street
New York, NY 10022
Phone: 212 319-7700
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.
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