A Day in the Life of a Lilly Print Designer

Posted on October 2, 2013 in More Fun by | 5 comments

Lilly once said, “I designed collections around whatever struck my fancy … fruits, vegetables, politics, or peacocks!” Today, the Lilly Print Designers still continue with this playful carefree style. Did you know that all of our prints are created in-house and are ALL done by hand? It’s pretty amazing to think that your favorite dress began on a piece of paper in our Print Studio.

Lilly Pulitzer Print Designer

Once the color palette (always bright & spill-proof) and theme of the season is set, the Print Designers go straight to the drawing board. Quite literally. The Lilly Print Studio is an artist’s dream. Paint is flying everywhere and creative minds collaborate all while surrounded by vivid colors, vintage prints, and walls covered with inspiration – think lots of critters & cocktails!

Lilly Pulitzer Print Designer Desk

The Print Team finds inspiration from absolutely EVERYWHERE- traveling to Palm Beach, visiting museums, strolling through gardens and even spending days on the beach. With our playful heritage in mind, they create Inspiration Boards – eye candy collages- for each delivery.

Lilly Pulitzer Inspiration Boards

Our Print Designers feed off of each other’s creative juices (After all, it all started with a juice stand…). Each of the designers comes from a different background- degrees in painting, illustration, textiles, graphic design etc. – bringing different viewpoints to every project. Together they draw, sketch, marker, watercolor, collage and block print every single tid-bit of the line.  It’s truly original artwork, and we always make sure to carry on the tradition of hiding LILLY in every print.

Collage of Lilly Print Designers

Here’s something that will have your Murfee Scarf in a bunch—each Print Designer creates over fifty prints a season even though maybe only one or two of them will make the line. WILD! And once the best of the best are chosen, the real fun starts – naming each print. Always a bottle of champagne involved, the team gets into hysterics spitting out their favorite sayings. Tears of laughter! Spoiler Alert: A print in Resort is called Trippin & Sippin.

It is truly unheard of in the fashion industry to have a team of artists on-hand…and that is exactly why we do it! From our store designs to our prints & patterns, the Print Team brings the Lilly brand to life. We LOVE their colorful art and treat them like royalty.


Lisa Logue

Posted on October 2nd, 2013 at 10:21am

I loved reading this! We were lucky enough to spend some time with Rebecca this summer at. Lilly event at Pink Paddock in Saratoga a Springs NY…highlight of our summer :)



Posted on October 2nd, 2013 at 1:13pm

Thank you for for sharing this! It is always fun to get a glimpse inside the design studio. I adore all the Lilly print makers. I can’t wait to see Tripping and Sippin!



Posted on October 2nd, 2013 at 4:34pm

As a hobby painter this is my dream!!



Posted on October 2nd, 2013 at 10:26pm

Wow! I’m very jealous! Major design envy from another textile designer, there’s nothing like this!!


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