Big Brain Awards

Leonor Aispuro: 2015 Big Brain Awards Finalist, Design

You submitted nominations for the best and brightest emerging Valley creatives, and the results are in. Presenting the 2015 Big Brain finalists.

Leading up to the announcement of winners at Artopia on May 9, Jackalope Ranch, Chow Bella, and Up on the Sun will introduce the finalists. Up today is Leonor Aispuro.

Tears stream down Leonor Aispuro's face.

She's so lucky, she says, patting her eyes. Sitting behind the counter with her Pomeranian, Nosferatu, at downtown Phoenix fashion boutique Nostra Style House, she's dressed in a thrifted little black dress that looks anything but secondhand and wears simple gold jewelry and rich red lipstick and nails. A mannequin wears a sheer red dress the fashion designer has been constructing. A selection of her airy designs are for sale. Her name's in gold thread on each label.