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NINA MEANS www.ninameans.com

Nina Means took an unconventional path into the fashion industry; a leap of faith moving to Italy to learn under masters in apparel design. Upon returning to the United States and graduating from Fashion Institute of Technology, she interned for Rebecca Taylor, designed for American Eagle Outfitters, and H by Halston. The Nina Means Collection is an expression of elegant minimalism – the desire for fashion to comfortable yet elevated. From where did your love of the fashion industry come? I first fell in love with fashion when I saw an old picture of my aunt wearing a red pantsuit my grandmother made for her back in the 70’s. I was mesmerized. My aunt commanded so much power and oozed femininity in the ensemble. I always thought fashion should feel that way. My grandmother and my mother were both excellent sewers, and they made clothes for themselves and their children. If you asked them, they would be modest. When I came into the industry, the people who fueled my love for fashion were Rebecca Taylor and Keryn Dizon. They believed in me (even as an intern) and taught me so much about the customer and the business. They instructed me on fit and how to make the perfect cut. I knew I wanted to be like them and own my own business one day. 56

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January / February 2017 InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential & Teen InFluential  

Dedicated to the Art of Living Well