Meet the local woman who will be competing on the newest season of Project Runway

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MILWAUKEE -- She's in her fifties, into fashion and about to show the world a little about her sense of style. Linda Marcus owns and runs Linda Marcus Design.
She's been selling and creating custom handbags and clothing for years.  Her lines are sold in several area boutiques. Now, the nation will get a glimpse of her goods.

She's one of the designers participating in season 15 of the reality TV show competition "Project Runway." The winner of the show typically gets $100,00 to start their own line, a fashion spread in a major magazine and more.  The show debuts tomorrow night.

About Linda Marcus Design (website) 

The Idea behind Linda Marcus Design is two-fold;

First, to create handmade handbags in the United States that reflect the uniqueness of woman of today. This is achieved with the thoughtful design and use of materials in each and every bag. In addition, many of the handbags are named after woman who have inspired Linda throughout her life.

The second idea is to reflect what is inside a woman of today; a woman who knows who she is and gives back to the world.

This idea is achieved by supporting various domestic charities and internationally through a micro business loan organization called KIVA( Link here? )

Linda Marcus Design takes a portion of the sale of each handbag and supports women around the world that are either trying to start their own company in fiber or already work in a fiber related company by giving a KIVA loan.

According to KIVA, the paid back rate of most loans is 98%. When this happens,  Linda Marcus design makes another loan to another woman.