April 6, 2015
Kempner Fashion Line, An Homage to Nan Kempner, Flourishes in NoMad
Nan Kempner’s grandchildren, Chris Kempner and Meggie Kempner, are staying in the family business. The siblings have started their own fashion line called Kempner – an homage to their late famed fashionista grandmother. Meggie designs the line, while Chris runs the business side of the company.
Nan Kempner was a fashion icon and socialite. Diana Vreeland, the legendary editor of Vogue, once said of her, “There are no chic women in America. The one exception is Nan Kempner.” In 2006, the Met hosted an exhibit dedicated solely to Nan’s historic style, entitled Nan Kempner: American Chic.
From its NoMad office, Kempner turns out chic outfits that would be at home at the salon parties for which Nan Kempner was famous. As the New York Post puts it, Kempner’s outfits are something a “pedigreed 20-something [can take] straight from the Colony Club to the Jane.”
Kempner is adding a new perspective to the growing number of unique fashion designers and high-end stores in the NoMad District, such as Maison Kitsune, Opening Ceremony and Dover Street Market. Like NoMad itself, Kempner is a blend of classic and modern – a rich history with an even richer future.