Featured Favorite Print – Whales’ Tails

Posted on July 5, 2012 in Inspiration by | 1 comment

SHOP Whales’ Tails

1. What inspired this print?
These cute whales riding in the waves are inspired by a boat trip I took to the tip of Cape Cod to do some whale watching. We kept an eye out for whale tails and blowholes!

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Featured Favorite Print: Summer Classics

Posted on June 22, 2012 in Inspiration by | 1 comment

Featured Favorite Print- Sailor’s Valentine

Posted on June 7, 2012 in Inspiration by | 1 comment

Shop Sailor’s Valentine (in pink AND blue!)

1. What inspired this print?
My husband Jack & I (yes, THAT Jack) always love visiting the beach every summer. It reminds me of when I was a little girl. We love to collect shells on the beach and go antiquing at the shops in the little beach towns. The ornate shell art that we’ve found in the vintage shops and the shells we have collected from our walks on the beach, were my inspiration for the Sailor’s Valentine print. I thought configuring the shells into a pretty pattern would make for a wonderful and fresh looking print for our Summer Collection that our girl would absolutely love!

2. How did you come up with its name?
Sailor’s Valentines are seashell mosaics that were created by sailor’s in the late 1800′s from the shell treasures he collected during his journey at sea as a gesture of love to their sweetheart.

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Janie & Sarah Take On India

Posted on May 31, 2012 in Inspiration by | 5 comments

Janie takes us through her most recent trip to India with Sarah!

HOLY SMOKES — I recently got back from a trip to India. It was truly one of the most amazing experiences of – my – life. I appreciate and love my life so completely but going on such an adventure made me realize, so much more, how lucky I really am. (so lucky in fact that I was able to have this opportunity on a work trip!)

Because living in tunics is a way of life for our customers, we set out to make tunics with the world’s experts. From cotton casual tunics over our swim suits to fancy silk tunics over pants, they are a wardrobe essential. But first things first- we wanted to make sure started with the right fabric and found the most perfect place to print our gorgeous artwork!

Sarah Dupre is my partner in crime. She handles all fabric development and she is quite simply one of the loveliest women I know. I love it when I get the chance to travel with her. So we were OFF! A direct flight – 15 hours later we land in Delhi, India. We stayed at The Imperial which is amazing. An amazing, amazing old word hotel – gorgeous but simple.

DAY 1:
The most hysterical start to the day… Sarah and I come down to breakfast in…the same outfit. TRUST ME – this happens at Lilly a lot. But, the same neon orange pants? In India? I changed -but not before a picture!

Delicious breakfast and then a day spent in a tunic factory. The embroideries, the embellishments… we are in love. The company’s owner hosted us in his office for lunch and we had the most delicious homemade (by his family!) Indian meal. My favorites were DAL (lentils) and GOBI (cauliflower- grown on his farm!).

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Featured Favorite Print – High Tide Toile

Posted on May 29, 2012 in Inspiration by | 1 comment

Shop High Tide Toile

1. What inspired this print?
There are few times when I am happier than when I am on the beach. I love spending the day on a big beach towel, surrounded by friends, laughing about the events from the night before. Armed with iced tea and tons of magazines, we get warm in the sun and cool off in the water. I am usually desperately trying to get a tan but if I had a cute striped umbrella like the ones in this print I might be more responsible about staying in the shade…

2. How did you come up with its name?
The tide looks like it is coming up in this print. There is a lot of movement. You can almost see the waves breaking on the sand.

3. What secrets are hidden?
Sunbathers are hidden all over this print, many of them inspired by friends and family! “Lilly” is hidden all over the place, you can find it in the waves, fences, tents and grass.

4. What materials (watercolors, acrylic, block print…) did you use or combine to create the artwork?
I created High Tide Toile with pen and watercolor.

5. What does this print say about the Lilly girl wearing it?
That summer is her favorite time of year and she adores the beach!

Loving Lilly Lace

Posted on May 24, 2012 in Inspiration by | Comment

Lace is absolutely EVERYWHERE these days. Of course, lace has always been a big part of what Lilly does but we’re excited to see other people jumping on board to adore & adorn lace too! Creating special lace for our Lilly Lovers is quite an art and our designers are up for the challenge.  Check out the four ways we’re Lillifying lace in our Summer collection…

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Featured Favorite Print – Chiquita Bonita

Posted on May 16, 2012 in Inspiration by | 1 comment

Shop Chiquita Bonita

 This print is a summer statement maker. It has a fun story behind it too…it actually STARTED as an embroidery. Print Designer Stacey Novelli painted it, the print design team fell in love and sent it out as an embroidery. The sample came in and everyone just died. We loved it so much that it was turned into a print… normally things go the other way around! It’s printed on a light summer cotton with lurex running through it – which means it has a bit of sparkle — and who can resist a little print with a little sparkle?!?!?!  Here’s more of the story behind the print from Stacey…

1. What inspired this print?
Nothing reminds me more of summer than shells. I collect shells each summer with my daughter at the beach and decided to do a print/embroidery based on the collection I’ve created over the years. I also used starfish as the place card holders at my wedding (which was on the beach!) so I had to incorporate those as well. I am a beach girl at heart and love SUMMER most of all!

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Featured Favorite Print – Chum Bucket

Posted on May 8, 2012 in Inspiration by | 2 comments

Shop Chum Bucket

Boy oh, boy do our Lilly Lovers have some strong feelings about this print name!!  And our print designer Jeff, the ar-teest behind this print, will side with you on the eww-factor of the name – he’s not a big fan of the name either.  But you guys know- we LOVE to have fun and Janie has quite the sense of humor, so this is just us sharing our “never-take-yourself-too-seriously” side.  After all, Lilly is the creator of conversational prints and I guess that’s just what we have here! :)   Here are some quick thoughts from Jeff about the print…

1. What inspired this print?
The print was inspired by the seaside vacations I took as a child. My family would wake up early (no lazy beach vacations for us!) and take walks/runs on the beach looking for whatever treasures would wash up from the night before.  Often it was shells and little sea creatures but sometimes we found really cool stuff that my brother’s and I would inevitably fight over. (especially when it was money!)

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Featured Favorite Print – You Gotta Regatta

Posted on May 4, 2012 in Inspiration by | 1 comment

SHOP You Gotta Regatta

Print Designer Paige Smith tells us a little more about the You Gotta Regatta print that we ALL gotta have this Summer!…

1. What inspired this print?
You Gotta Regatta was inspired by my summers spent on Lake Michigan. I think of the lake more as a fresh water ocean because although the water is COLD, the sand is white and the water is so clear. It is my absolute favorite place in the world. I am not a great sailor myself, my style is a little more sitting on the boat with a cocktail and possibly ducking when the boom swings. I love to sit on the porch or beach and WATCH the boats go by. I literally dream about the view all winter.

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Summer 2012 Catalog – Behind the Scenes

Posted on April 27, 2012 in Inspiration by | 2 comments

Sun, sand and LILLY PULITZER. It just rolls off the tongue…which is why our Summer catalog shoot took us beach side. (you know what they say…when duty calls!) As soon as we got one glimpse of the Summer collection against the blue sky, we could not WAIT to share it with you! Now that it’s finally here, we are thrilled!

Along with the beach side pictures, you will notice a few festive back drops. From the nautical navy stripe, to the wall of beautiful shells…oh this season is just too much fun. Our models were absolutely gorgeous as they showcased the season’s hottest shades. And speaking of shades, we are looooving the glow of neon featured on our front cover!! Yes, brighter is better. (but our Lilly girl already knows that!)

So, grab your beach chair or at least your shades (May is almost upon us) and soak in what we hope will be one of your favorite beach reads! And don’t forget to check out our behind the scenes video for a sneak peek at the Lilly Pulitzer crew on set. HAPPY SUMMER!  xx