Style Examiner

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Fashion over Forty: Style File Leesa Kassler

Leesa Kassler made the decision in her 50's, to pursue her life long dream of becoming  a fashion designer.  As a young girl, watching "The Sonny and Cher Show", Leesa was intrigued by the designs of Bob Mackie. She loved the intricacy of the patterns and bead-work. To make this dream a reality, Leesa enrolled in the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, where she achieved, with honors, a Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Design. 

Her designs were in demand at local fashion shows, while still a student, and continued to gain her featured spots after the completion of her education, in Style Week Pittsburgh, Fashion Alley, Fashion at the Fairmont, Fashion for a Cause, Lights, Glamour, Action,  Design Competition, just to name a few.  Her work has received great acclaim and she has been nominated for the prestigious "Gene Kelly Award", for best costume design for a high school musical, in 2017, for Elizabeth Forward production of "Anything Goes".

Leesa's talent also earned her nominations for Designer of the Year, Style Week 2016 and 2017, and  Style and Glam Fashion Awards.

She has triumphed  and been recognized as one of Pittsburgh's top designers, and has further expanded her career by opening 2ND AVENUE BOUTIQUE, in her community of Elizabeth. Leesa has put her lovely sense of style to work in both ready to wear retail, as well as customer designs.  Her entrepreneurial spirit, earned her an Inspiring Women in Business Award from Inspiring Lives Magazine in June 2018.

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