Lana Marks

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Lana Marks
Born (1953-11-18) November 18, 1953 (age 65)
ResidencePalm Beach, Florida, U.S.
OccupationFashion designer
Political partyRepublican

Lana J. Marks (born November 18, 1953) is a South African-born American fashion designer who founded the eponymous fashion brand Lana Marks. On November 14, 2018 President Donald Trump nominated her to be the US Ambassador to South Africa.[1] Her rumored appointment to the position was leaked from an inside source within the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, South Africa's foreign affairs department.[2]

Early life[edit]

Lana Bank was born in East London, South Africa but now resides in Palm Beach, Florida. Her father, Alec Bank, had immigrated from Lithuania as a child; he was an affluent property developer and a leader in the Jewish community.[3] She attended Clarendon High School for Girls in East London, and speaks Xhosa and Afrikaans.[4]

Marks is an avid tennis player, having played for Bermuda and participating in the Maccabiah Games in 1985, and also played in the qualifying rounds of the South African Open.[3][4][5][6]

In 1976, she married British psychiatrist Neville Marks and moved to Bermuda with him. In 1987, they moved to Florida.[3][6]


Marks is the CEO and designer of Lana Marks, a fashion accessories brand that specializes in exotic leathers and is known for creating some of the world’s most expensive handbags.[7][8][9] When she won an Academy Award in 2007, Helen Mirren carried her handbag to the stage to accept her award.[3]

Marks has served on the Women’s Leadership Board at John F. Kennedy School of Government.[citation needed] She was also selected to take part in the “Women and Power: Leadership in the New World” event.[citation needed] Marks has participated in Georgetown University’s lecture series, speaking to MBA students.[10][citation needed]

The Lana Marks company has stores in Palm Beach, New York, Beverly Hills, and Dubai.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Marks has been married to Dr. Neville Marks, a practicing psychiatrist affiliated with JFK Medical Center, since 1976.[11]

She was friends with Diana, Princess of Wales.[12] According to Marks, the two women had planned a four-day trip to Italy for the end of August 1997. Marks canceled at the last minute when Marks’s father had a heart attack; Diana went to Paris with her partner Dodi Fayed where they were killed in a car accident.[13]


  1. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate and Appoint Individuals to Key Administration Posts | The White House". The White House. Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  2. ^ Burke, Jason; Siddiqui, Sabrina (2018-10-02). "Trump reportedly picks handbag designer as ambassador to South Africa". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  3. ^ a b c d Sommer, Allison Kaplan (November 22, 2018). "The Long, Strange Journey of Lana Marks, Trump's Pick for South African Ambassador". Haaretz. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Gaouette, Nicole; Landers, Elizabeth (2018-11-04). "Trump picks handbag designer, Mar-a-Lago member to be envoy to South Africa". CNN. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  5. ^ Munzenrieder, Kyle (October 22, 2018). "Lana Marks: The Handbag Designer Trump Reportedly Wants to Make Ambassador to South Africa". W. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c Bleby, Michael (October 1, 2018). "We spoke to handbag designer and soon-to-be US ambassador to SA: this is what she said". BusinessDay. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  7. ^ Puri, Madhu (3 December 2006). "Now Gifting - Bespoke Bags". Retrieved 4 April 2018 – via
  8. ^ Prabhakar, Hitha. "World's Most Extravagant Handbags". Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  9. ^ Burt, Sharelle (November 15, 2018). "Trump Nominates Handbag Designer As Ambassador To South Africa". Travel Noire. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  10. ^ Feitelberg, Rosemary (2018-11-15). "Lana Marks: The Makings of a Fashion-Focused Ambassador Nominee". WWD. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  11. ^ "Dr. Neville MarksMD".
  12. ^ "Time, February 2 1998". Archived from the original on 30 April 2009. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Lana Marks The Making of a Fashion Forward Ambassador". WWD. 2018-11-16. Retrieved 2018-11-16.

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