Paso del Norte Entrepreneurship Oral History Project
Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee
Nan Napier was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on August 28th, 1953. She is the daughter of Leroy Harrington Jr. and Elizabeth Jean. Nan moved to El Paso, Texas when she was 13 years old. She attended Morehead Middle School and Coronado High School in El Paso, Texas. She received her degree in accounting from Southern Methodist University. Nan currently lives in El Paso, Texas and has two adult children. She is the owner of Tres Mariposas in El Paso Texas.
Summary of Interview
Tres Mariposas was started by three women in El Paso, Texas and after a time, only one of the women owned the dress shop. This woman, Betty Bowman (Young) sold the business to her husband, Sam Young Jr. Sam was a client of Frank Napier and he then sold Tres Mariposas to Frank Napier. Frank Napier’s wife, Isabel Napier ran the store for a while until they presented their son, Charles and his wife Nan with the opportunity to run the store. Nan ran the store by herself until her two children were born and then her husband joined her. Nan and her husband ran the store together until they divorced in the 1980’s. She then brought out his half in 1990 and has owned the store since. Tres Mariposas sells high end fashion from big cities such as Dallas, New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Nan is a member of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce and works with the local YWCA.
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Interview with Nan Napier by Barbara Dennt, 2010, "Interview no. 1505," Institute of Oral History, University of Texas at El Paso.