Mollie Parnis, Inc.

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Mollie Parnis, Inc.

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Born Sara Rosen Parnis, Brooklyn, New York. Her nickname was Mollie. Mollie briefly studied law at Hunter College before beginning her career in fashion. In 1928, Parnis began as a saleswoman in a showroom of a blouse manufacturer, but soon moved onto designing. In 1933, Parnis opened her own business, with her husband Leon Livingston. In the 1940s, she launched her own label. Her clothes were feminine, accentuating waistlines, with fuller skirts and often the inclusion of a bow. Parnis always kept her prices in the moderate range. Parnis stayed in business throughout the 1980s, even publishing a book, ‘Fashion: The Inside Story," in 1985.

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