From Ring to Runway

Being a model-turned-actress is so...'90s. Nellie Partow is a boxer-turned-designer that, quite literally, kicks ass.

Nellie Partow, the fashion designer, is known for her minimalist cuts, sumptuous fabrics and sophisticated color palette. Nellie Partow, the boxer, has been training since she was 14 and holds the title of New York Daily News Golden Gloves Champion, which she earned at Madison Square Garden in 2007. She has worked at some of the most respected design houses in America, launched her own label (available at Saks), and fought competitively for ten years. "Outside of being a designer, I'm an athlete — a boxer, more specifically," she says. "I was competitively fighting throughout my years in business school, design school at Parsons and when I was designing for Calvin Klein and John Varvatos. It was incredible to have the design houses I worked for be so supportive of my fights." A total dichotomy? Yes. And we can't get enough. So we caught up with the multi-faceted New Yorker to find out a few essential elements of her life and style.