Nan Napier


Barbara Dennt


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.

Date of Interview


Length of Interview

30 minutes

Tape Number

No. 1505

Transcript Number

No. 1505

Length of Transcript

13 pages


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