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Parisian Inspiration

Posted on October 24, 2012 in Inspiration by | Comment

Print Designers, Paige & Stacey were lucky enough to head to Paris for a few days a couple of weeks ago and, not surprisingly, had an amazing time. Their photos were equally amazing and we wanted to share their trip & the pictures they took with all of you!
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When the support of friends and a little Lilly goes a long way!

Posted on October 23, 2012 in Inspiration by | 3 comments

For so many of us, the month of October gets us thinking about the cooler weather, pumpkin picking and the start of football season (and yes, tailgating) but October also has many of us thinking about breast cancer and those loved ones affected by other cancers. Unfortunately cancer, no matter the form, has affected so many of us here at Lilly, as it has our customers, including one of our Charlotte customers, Kaylee.

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Featured Favorite Print – Sweet Nothings

Posted on October 5, 2012 in Inspiration by | Comment

SHOP Sweet Nothings

1. What inspired this print?
Fall is all about gardens. Since we were in our last delivery for “Lilly in Bloom,” we thought, why not throw a party in a garden?!   I love the way gardens look at night- the flowers really stand out as pops of color in the dark.   This print was meant to be an abstract garden… possibly how it might look after a glass of champagne (or three!) The marks kind of dance around and there are lovely transparencies where the colors overlap- as plants do in abundant & lush gardens.

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Featured Favorite Print – Tusk in Sun

Posted on September 6, 2012 in Inspiration by | 6 comments

SHOP Tusk in Sun

1. What inspired this print?
After taking a “Lilly in Bloom” inspiration trip to the beautiful Longwood Gardens, I fell in love with their whimsical animal topiaries- including an adorable elephant we all spotted! Of course the print team ADORES elephants and the fact that they bring good luck so we just had to include some elephants in our garden game prints for Fall.

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Featured Favorite Print: Garden Menagerie

Posted on August 16, 2012 in Inspiration by | 2 comments

SHOP Garden Menagerie

1. What inspired this print?
These first Fall prints were all about Garden Games and I have always loved the idea of menageries in the gorgeous estates of the past. What could be more fun than playing games amongst lions, camels, giraffes and elephants? I was also thinking of all of the twists and turns in gardens and turned that into the paisley, being inspired by garden gates and fun florals.

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Featured Favorite Print – Bocce

Posted on August 6, 2012 in Inspiration by | 3 comments

SHOP Bocce

1. What inspired this print?
Fall is all about fresh, new beginnings-anything can happen. This print is playful and flirty, just like the “garden games” inspired delivery!

2. How did you come up with its name?
Not only do we love Bocce Ball (a great “garden game!”), but when we found out that “bocci” means “kiss” in Italian, it was a no brainer!

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Fall 2012 – Formal Gardens and Playful Games

Posted on August 2, 2012 in Inspiration by | 1 comment

As we continue our year of Lilly in Bloom, we find ourselves in a whimsical formal garden this Fall. In our world, the season is filled with color and print and our garden is no exception. Playful games and beaming flowers are aplenty.  So go ahead, explore! Lose yourself and fall for Lilly.

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In the Guest House with Rachel McGinn of Gray’s Lane

Posted on July 24, 2012 in Inspiration by | 3 comments

AHHH I am so excited today to be interviewing one of my best friends and a LILLY PULITZER alumnae – Rachel McGinn. Rachel worked with Lilly in our marketing department, most specifically on our gorgeous catalog. Rachel left the company a little while ago to focus on her photography career and has since launched an online magazine called Gray’s Lane. It is breathtaking, inspiring and CHIC. Last week, I played hooky on Friday afternoon and Rachel and I met at our swim club for lunch and SUN (heaven) and here’s what we chatted about…

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In the Guest House with Kiel James Patrick

Posted on July 17, 2012 in Inspiration by | 7 comments

Adding some charm to our Guest House this Summer is Kiel James Patrick, founder & chief-designer of the popular Kiel James Patrick brand.  We heard the buzz about KJP from friends a few Summers ago and watched the brand blossom – we were then delighted to see Kiel at Lilly Pulitzer’s 80th Birthday Party! (see the photo below) We fell in love with his designs and the story behind his brand and have since found one of our newest favorite fashion bloggers- Sarah Vickers (Classy Girls Wear Pearls).  For now, learn all about Kiel James Patrick, but make sure to check back on Thursday to enter to win 1 of 2 one-of-a-kind KJP knot bracelets handcrafted using Lilly fabric!

1. Tell us about how Kiel James Patrick (the company :) ) got started.

Just a twinkle in my parents eyes during their trip to…. oh… wait…  how the company got started… right…  My interest in fashion sparked in high school selling outrageous patterned blazers and pants out of the trunk of my Jeep.  The school cracked down on dress code once I had half my classmates strolling the halls like we were at the Caddy Shack country club.  I then redirected my efforts to create eye-catching ties, belts and bracelets that could be worn to class under the uniform, in order to keep pushing the dress code beyond its limits.  Once I was out of high school, Sarah and I decided to take my designs to the streets.  We worked for several weeks at a time, making hundreds of bracelets to start selling all Summer long at Crafters Markets in Cape Cod.  To our surprise we sold out of our bracelet stockpile in ONE day and the rest is history [in the making].

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Capri, Italy Inspiration Trip

Posted on July 11, 2012 in Inspiration by | 4 comments

Last month, I had the GLORIOUS assignment to jet-off to Capri, Italy for a week to get inspiration for next Summer’s shoe and bag collection. It was… as good as it sounds. A-MAZING. Heaven. Perfect. A Dream.

I packed my bags and was off with a suitcase full of Lilly sundresses, McKims and a couple bikinis. The best part? I packed my boyfriend too. I did! He was just too adorable to leave behind and SOMEONE needed to take the pictures of all the shoes/bags/colors/trends I was eying! I was too busy roaming the streets with a gelato – no spare hands for snapping images of the resort chic trends! I’m not revealing his name so let’s just refer to the BF as Paradise.

So Paradise and I arrived in Rome…
Took a taxi to the train station.
Train to Naples.
Taxi to the marina.
Ferry to Capri.
Funocalare up the cliffs to the gorgeous piazza of Capri.
Quite a journey but every mode of transportation we took was part of the adventure! (Thank goodness Paradise has a great sense of direction or else I would still be in the Rome baggage claim).

So why Capri? Well since the 50′s, Capri has been a destination for the resort chic traveler. Lilly told me that some summers she would go and spend a month on the island and her kids would run around “like wild Indians.” Lilly’s friend Jacqueline Kennedy was also a frequent visitor to Capri and she spent lots of her time there…shoe shopping! Around 1946-ish tiny sandal shops popped up in Capri and over the years it has become widely known as ‘the place’ to get the chicest handmade sandals. You pick your footbed (flat or wedge) choose from hundreds of embellished straps, they measure your foot and VOILA, Capri Sandals! I saw the most glamorous Grecian sandals by day and the hiiiiiighest of high wedges at night. I saw neon, which is no surprise….but more importantly I saw hints of the PASTEL COLORS that are about to flood the market. Trend watch: soft sorbets are coming. Hooray! We love our cashmere in pastels. So pretty!

As if that wasn’t enough, Capri is also known for its red coral…which is sooooooo beautiful and bonus- there are jewelry stores EVERYWHERE – I was definitely in my element. I spent days shopping, browsing and observing – and taking LOTS of pictures!! (at least one of us did)

I also managed to have some pretty spectacular adventures. We walked down an INSANE cliff to a rocky beach and swam in the Mediterranean. Took a day trip to Sorrento (the most picturesque Italian town) for – you guessed it – shoe shopping. Made a wish under the Faraglioni rocks, sealed with a kiss. Drank wine. Ate the best pizza I have ever had in-my-entire-life. Nibbled on octopus which…well let’s just say I didn’t loooove as much as the pizza. Dove off a boat into the sea and swam near cliffs where the red coral grows. Had a very romantic dinner in a lemon grove, sitting right under the trees surrounded by twinkling lights. Magical is the word I’d use to describe it all.

As you all know I am incredibly sentimental. I believe that it’s up to you to happen to life, not let it happen to you…and this trip was one of those moments. I am so lucky that I got to experience everything that Capri has to offer and my mind is racing a million miles an hour with ways to incorporate the resort chic feel of Capri into new designs for our upcoming accessory collections. I promise they will be spectacular and will make you feel like you’re in Capri with me!

xx, Janie