Driven by her passion for a good party and her tenacious commitment to quality craftsmanship, Nanette Lepore built a fashion empire. Nanette was born in Youngstown, Ohio, to an eccentric Modern artists and a stylishly smart schoolteacher. When she wasn’t traipsing across the country with her family in a VW Bus, she was sewing sheets into gowns for the neighbors. She continued to love fashion throughout her bohemian upbringing and when she married painter Robert Savage, the young couple headed east to take on New York. The birth of her daughter, Violet, sparked a sense of vibrant life in her designs and the next year she staged her first runway show.