Born in Youngstown, Ohio, Nanette produced her first couture look at the tender age of nine outfitting a neighbor in floral bedspread, beaded choker and face paint. The girl posed in the family’s front yard behind a hand-lettered sign declaring “ Lepore,” and thus began Nanette’s lifelong interest in fashion.
Sensing young Nannette’s entrepreneurial talent, her parents encouraged her creativity. After all, artistic innovation flourished naturally in a household headed by an abstract painter-father and a fabulously stylish mother of four. Road tripping on Route 66 with her bohemian parents each summer installed in Nanette a free spirit and a taste for travel.
After completing her undergrad studies at Youngstown University, she packed her bags and headed east to New York City’s venerable Fashion Institute of Technology. She aced her degree in design, married painter Robert Savage, and set out to pay her dues in design studios around town.
However, Nanette knew she wouldn’t be satisfied until her creations bore her own name. In 1992, bolstered by a $5,000 loan from her dad to strike out on her own, Nanette set up shop in a penthouse office in the garment district. It quickly became an incubator for poets and painters who would bounce ideas off one another while stargazing on the roof.
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. Nanette enjoys a strong following among celebrities including Hilary Swank, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Eva Longoria. Suitable for a tea at the Ritz or a night out on the town, each collection balances feminine details with a seductive sensibility.