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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. 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.
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. She attended Clarendon High School for Girls in East London, and speaks Xhosa and Afrikaans.
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. When she won an Academy Award in 2007, Helen Mirren carried her handbag to the stage to accept her award.
Marks has served on the Women’s Leadership Board at John F. Kennedy School of Government. She was also selected to take part in the “Women and Power: Leadership in the New World” event. Marks has participated in Georgetown University’s lecture series, speaking to MBA students.
The Lana Marks company has stores in Palm Beach, New York, Beverly Hills, and Dubai.
She was friends with Diana, Princess of Wales. 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.
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