Frank P. LoPinto, a former production manager for several Seventh Avenue manufacturers, died Sept. 5 in Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville, N.C. He was 82.
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LoPinto died of complications from surgery, said his daughter-in-law, Gail LoPinto.
He began his career working as a garment cutter for firms such as Ellen Tracy in the Fifties and Sixties and Betsey Johnson with Paraphernalia in the Sixties. As a partner in Kohler Couture and The Kohler Collection throughout the Sixties and into the Eighties, his gowns were worn by members of the Kennedy family.
LoPinto also had been with Mary Ann Restivo, Randy Kemper, Geoffrey Beene and Sanyo/Burberry.
“He worked with me when I had my larger company, Mary Ann Restivo Inc., for several years,” designer Mary Ann Restivo said. “He then worked with me again when I was consulting for the Burberry division of Sanyo, and that was for about five years. He always tried to really be honest with trying to get the look the designer wanted. He had a wonderful rapport with his factories, people respected him and liked him. He was always gentle and low-key, but he always got the proper job done.”
LoPinto last worked with the Philippe Adec division of Morelle Products before retiring in 1999 to Emerald Isle, N.C. He is survived by a son, Joseph F.; a daughter, Joann Folk, and four grandchildren.
A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m., today, at The Church of the Holy Innocents, 128 West 37th Street in Manhattan.