Leo was born and educated in Brockton, Massachusetts, where
his parents owned and operated a successful clothing business. He was graduated
from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1953. Immediately thereafter, he moved
to New York City and obtained a job with the prestigious sportswear firm of
Leo considers himself extremely fortunate to have promptly
come under the direct tutelage of Loomtog’s noted President Arnold Schoenfeld.
As he had done with the famed Jeane Campbell, Donald Brooks and John Weitz, who
preceded Leo's stint at Loomtags, Schoenfeld not only personally guided Leo in
fine tuning his designing skills, but introduced him to the economic and
marketing principles that are essential to becoming a practical success in the
challenging and ever‑changing garment business.
Shortly after beginning a formal period of apprenticeship with
the Anne Fogarty of Loomtog's boutique division, Leo began submitting editorials
to women’s magazines. Eventually, his thoughtful and articles were in demand by
Women's Wear Daily, Glamour, Mademoiselle, Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. Not
surprisingly, as time passed he solidified respect from the entire fashion
press, and was regularly hailed as one of America's top five designers.
Thereafter, Leo's accomplishments in the field of fashion
design became a legend. Operating upon the precept that "clothes need not
be expensive to be good," his name become internationally famous on labals
for sportswear, dress collections, loungewear, swirnwear, uniforms, Vogue
Patterns, and accessories. Conclusively demonstrating that "the right
amount of dramatic touches ‑ paired with simple lines and good fabrics ‑ can
effectively function in the world of clothing design," he engendered
countless imitators and won numerous awards. Capping his huge collection of
accolades is the fashion industry's coveted equivalent of the Hollywood Oscar: The Coty Award.
Currently, Leo lives and works in Massachusetts, where he has
created Studio N, a full service design company, specializing in product
development for better women' s catalogs and retail stores. This specific line
of his work is manufactured by Daggett/Bray Ltd. Meanwhile, his passion for design and the
enhancement of the overall clothing business continues to take on new
dimensions. Collaborating with his longtime friend and colleague, Patti
Cappalli, Leo and Patti have thoroughly galvanized the concept that “ageless
fashion is a reality for the 55+ woman."
Presently, Leo is actively involved as a critic with the Rhode
Island school Of Design and the Fashion Merchandising Department of Lasell
College. Ever a creative individual, Leo will soon become the host of a unique,
locally produced, cable TV show that will focus upon "understanding