By  on October 1, 2008

NEW YORK — Matthew Mellon, the heir to banking and oil fortunes, seems to gravitate toward women with design credentials. Tamara Yeardye, his ex-wife, is the founder of Jimmy Choo. Noelle Reno, his former fiancée and once a model, helped Mellon launch cashmere label Degrees of Freedom. Now he’s engaged to designer Nicole Hanley and together they’ve started a line called Hanley-Mellon.

The two appear to have more in common than a love of fashion. “We met at a wedding of mutual friends two-and-a-half years ago,” Hanley said. “[Matthew] was in the wedding party. The groom’s mother is my godmother. Our families coincided with one another across multiple generations in New York.”

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