Nancy Volpe Beringer

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ABOUT NANCY VOLPE BERINGER

 
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Nancy Volpe Beringer is a couture brand founded in 2016, specializing in one-of-a-kind wearable art.

Nancy’s award-winning designs use innovative textile manipulations, fabrications and patterns. The entire Nancy Volpe Beringer line is designed and handmade with love in Philadelphia, PA.

You can find Nancy’s exclusive designs at Philadelphia’s top fashion store, the iconic Joan Shepp, and in our ONLINE SHOP.

NANCY’S STORY

At age 59 and the peak of a successful career in education, Nancy found herself at a crossroads. “I felt like my oxygen was being siphoned off when I was at work...and that is when I knew I needed to make a change.” One sleepless night, she asked herself: “What would I want to learn if I was young again?” 

Her surprising answer? Fashion design. Fortunately for the fashion world, Nancy's vision, grit, and tenacity put her on a one-way path to realize her dreams.

Always pragmatic, Nancy's first instinct was to find the quickest way to reach her goal until her husband intervened. He posited: “I thought you were doing this for the love of learning; so why would you want to rush it?

She found the ideal learning experience right in her backyard – a masters of science in fashion design at Drexel University's Westphal College of Media Arts and Design. It was there that Nancy finally found her home and an outlet for her creative calling.

In the three short years since graduating at the top of her class at age 61 with a record number of awards, Nancy is making her place in the fashion world and 2019 is proving to be a banner year. Her red carpet look at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards for Philadelphia Grammy Nominee Rapper Tierra Whack went viral and was one of three looks to be featured in the New York Times.  In March, Philly Fashion Week invited Nancy to be a featured designer. In August, Philadelphia Magazine named Nancy as “Best in Philly Fashion Designer for Artsy Dresses” in their annual “Best In Philly” awards. She is ending the year by making history at age 64 as the "oldest" designer ever to be a contestant on Bravo’s Season 18 Project Runway.

Nancy’s personal goal is to inspire others to dare to hope, persevere and dream, regardless of age.

GIVING BACK

Part of Nancy’s mission is to give back to her community. She has found some of her most rewarding work in teaching refugee women sewing skills as a volunteer with Mural Arts Philadelphia, designing for local charitable events, as well as publishing stories of inspiring older women on Agefiftynine.com. Nancy’s design work has also supported organizations such as “Runway of Dreams” which promotes adaptive designing, Women Organized Against Rape, the Salvation Army, Julius Erving Classic, Flyers Charities, and many more. 

 
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