Albert Nipon is an American fashion designer and
ladies-clothing manufacturer. He was born and raised in West
Philadelphia, a section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Nipons turned their maternity-clothes company into an
internationally known producer of ultra-feminine women's
clothing in 1972.
The line's popularity caught the fashion world by surprise and quickly
made Nipon's "Albert Nipon" brand of clothing famous. Sales of Albert
Nipon dresses reached US$60 million in 1984, and Nipon counted among his
celebrity clients Rosalynn Carter, Mary Tyler Moore, Nancy Reagan and
Barbara Walters. His fall was as rapid as his rise; in 1984, he was
indicted for tax evasion and bribery in an investigation of the
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Internal Revenue Service office and served
time in a federal penitentiary.
The company declared bankruptcy in 1988. It was sold in 1988 to
Leslie Fay Co., which allowed the Nipons to continue running the design
business. Albert Nipon designs and fragrances continue to be
available in dress shops and fashion boutiques around the world.
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