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ON THE CASE: Nanette Lepore is really getting political. The designer, who has been at the forefront of the fight to save the New York Garment Center, has teamed with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who not only wants to work at saving the Garment Center, but has also commissioned Lepore to design her campaign T-shirt.
“She came to me to hear about the Garment Center cause and has been actively on it ever since,” Lepore said. “Since our meeting, she has had her economic development director on the case in order to stay on it. I was really impressed with her — she’s a go-getter and extremely sincere.”
On Jan. 20, Lepore will meet with the senator again when she visits Washington for a screening of the HBO documentary “Schmatta” for legislators. There, she also will participate in a panel discussion with Stan Herman and Yeohlee Teng about the importance of saving the Garment Center.
Gillibrand’s limited edition campaign T-shirt is available now on her Web site, kirstengillibrand.com. They are $25 each and available in adult and children’s sizes. “The fashion community is so important to the culture and economy of our city, and I look forward to advocating on behalf of New York’s industry in the months and years to come,” said Gillibrand.