Nina is out of my price-range – but maybe smaller labels will follow her approach… Women like Hillary Clinton, Janet Yellen and Janet Napolitano wear her jackets and outfits.
WSJ: Women in Power Know Nina – The Most Popular Fashion Designer You’ve Never Heard Of.
Though she is little known in the wider world, Ms. McLemore’s clothing is well-known in the circles of powerful women. Hillary Clinton wears her. So does PepsiCo Chief Executive Indra Nooyi, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan. At least a quarter of female chief executives at Fortune 500 companies have appeared publicly in her clothes or shopped with the label, according to Wall Street Journal research.
Nina (pronounced Nine-ah) McLemore is a weapon in the wardrobes of authoritative women. To those in the know, the label’s tailored clothes stand out for their richly woven fabrics, strong jackets with signature stand-up collars and brilliant colors.
Her success owes a lot to a paradox in women’s fashion. Women hold more government and corporate leadership positions than ever, and workplace style is more varied, flexible and creative than ever—far from the gray man-style tailoring of the past. Yet the fashion industry has been focused on other markets, leaving women leaders underserved.