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Photo Gallery | Local Designer Nominated for Designer to Watch in 2012

Local designer and owner of Union of Angels, Cynthia Bapst, recently opened up stores in Palm Beach, Aspen, and is currently in the process of opening a third location in Nashville. Bapst, who used to reside in McLean, has since moved to Delaplane, near Middleburg, with her family. They live on a beautiful estate that was once owned by George Washington.


Bapst grew up always loving fashion and had the hopes of one day becoming a designer. She is now in her third season of designing and her success as a designer has led her to be nominated as “Designer to Watch in 2012” by Council magazine. Her line, Union of Angels, is currently sold in over 100 boutiques across the country and her growth as a designer has made her this week’s Super NoVA.


“About three and a half years ago, I decided that I was going to start a clothing company and I did. I was always interested in designing so I finally decided to go full force. It has been an amazing way of reinventing myself as a woman,” said Bapst.


In the past few years Bapst has seen her designs taking off. She hopes that it will continue to grow and that her collection will be sold in department stores a few years down the road. Bapst just recently finished a bathing suit line and she has plans to create another line that will focus on more couture in the future.


“It is the best feeling to design a piece and have a woman tell me that she feels beautiful wearing it. That is a true accomplishment for me,” said Bapst.


Check out the slideshow of Bapst’s fall collection. While her spring collection had a “boho” vibe, she describes her fall collection as “equestrian meets rockstar.”


“I have very classic pieces but with a little bit of an edge. My fall collection includes riding pants, (which looks great on everyone!), blouses and great riding style jackets. I like to design wearable clothing that can make a woman in her 20's or 50's feel beautiful,” said Bapst.


Look out for more Super NoVAs every Wednesday going forward. Email escott@wusa9.com if you want to nominate yourself, or someone you know that deserves to be recognized as a Super NoVA!