As we hit our third season of Lilly Loves the Arts, we get to a crowd favorite. Get ready to SHAKE IT, sing along, and camp out for tickets…Summer 2011 is all about MUSIC AND DANCE. For Lilly Lovers, Summer is certainly the time to get a little loose. (wait…that may be all the time, oh well!) From outdoor music festivals to fireworks exploding over crashing waves, Summer music makes us smile- just like wearing our Lilly does. We have all been thinking about the sound track for summer 11…might there be a little summer lovin’?…some beatles playing in the background?…how about a reggae festival? The theme is TURN IT UP! Hot Fun in the Summertime and that means we are going to let the Lilly flag fly in classic styles dripping or swimming or dancing in color print and pattern.
We kick off summer with a delivery dubbed “Walking on Sunshine,” that is devoted to all of the contemporary music of…well…recently! Summer music is laid back and relaxed but filled with surprises. Color is happy (isn’t it always?!) with bright Summer pinks, greens and blues popping off of clean whites. Summer is the time for white to take center stage- it allows all of our Lilly’s to look fresh and Summer snappy!
Hello Ocean! Hello Beach! and Hello Blues! This is a sneak peak of our late May delivery we’re calling “Under the Boardwalk” for reasons that are obvious and reasons we might not want our mother’s to know about. Just sayin’! Hang in there another month when we unveil our shimmyy, shelliest prints that help celebrate the amazing months spent on the coast!
Summer debuts on lillypulitzer.com this Thursday and hit stores the end of this week. Make a point to stop in and see our greatest hits from our first delivery!
Posted on April 25, 2011 in More Fun
This week we’re headed to the deep south where The Pink Door staff’s warm and welcoming southern drawl is backed up by their customer service and family-friendly store…
Once upon a time there was a little girl who wanted to have a pretty dress, just like the one her mommy wore. So, her mom brought her to The Pink Door in the heart of Memphis, where they met the store’s owner, Mimi Taylor, and Mimi’s daughter, Semmes Humphreys, the Store Manager. After trying on several Lilly dresses, the little girl emerged from the dressing room and proclaimed, “I like this one, Mommy, because it reminds me of you.”
“Press #1 to hear about our newest fashions” is something you will never hear when contacting The Pink Door. Our focus is on that little girl, her mom, and on customer service, whether on the telephone,online or in person. We know our customers quite well and our employees are enthusiastic and knowledgeable about all things Lilly! We often host special events at our store to introduce our customers to the latest Lilly fashions and accessories. Many ladies love to come in with their girls (of all ages) to dress them in the latest Lilly. And for the “littlest ones” who need to be entertained while Mom shops, we even have a toy box stuffed with toys just for them.
The Pink Door is located at 4615 Poplar Avenue in the popular and upscale Laurelwood Collection Shopping Center. Come visit us anytime in person, on our website or on our facebook page and we’ll help you find something that reminds you of how much fun Lilly can be!
1.Colorwheel 2.& 3.Butterflies 4.Blue eggs
We love anything printed and are particularly fond of this collection pulled by our talented graphic artist. Have you dyed or decorated any yet? Make sure you send us your favorites! Wishing you a wonderful weekend filled with lots of Lilly. Spring is finally here!
Posted on April 21, 2011 in More Fun
This week we are so proud to host Molly Andrews in our Guest House. Molly is the creator of Chairloom, a local Main Line design service that specialises in the reinvention of antique furniture by reupholstering pieces with fun, fresh fabrics. We love her creative vision, her passion for reusing and reinventing and her childhood memories of Lilly clothing. She used to watch her Lilly clad grandmother rescue injured pelicans with her bare hands and walk them gently to the vet. Now that’s a woman to be admired! With Earth Day this Friday we thought her story was the perfect focus. A few weeks back, we gave Molly some of our left over Summer 2011 fabric, she provided a chair that she found while sifting through a thrift store and we headed to her upholsterer. It was amazing to watch the chair’s transformation. Upholstery is a true art and now one of our lucky readers will be the proud owner of the finished product. Entry details will follow soon but in the meantime check out our q&a to learn more about Molly Andrews and Chairloom.
Special. Unique. Dare we say…Extraordinary! As you know we design every print, every pattern, every stripe, every embroidery in our SPECIAL UNIQUE EXTRAORDINARY print studio. Most of the time, we make these print what we call ‘all over’. So it’s just a print (ummm, as if ‘just a print’ could ever describe a lilly print but that is a topic for another day!). Lately, as you may have seen, we have started making our prints even more SPECIAL UNIQUE and EXTRAORDINARY by taking bits of them out of the “all over” setting and placing them on the dress. It just makes them MORE SPECIAL UNIQUE and EXTRAORDINARY. I mean, we are always wanting to delight you. And for us, MORE is exactly as it sounds…DELIGHTFULLY MORE. Then somehow by making it less of an all over print, these become even more special. How can that be? Let’s chalk it up to the magic of the print studio.
Posted on April 18, 2011 in More Fun
Back to the islands we go for our Store of the Week- this time it’s Boca Grande! The beautiful island of Boca Grande, FL is home to The Palm on Park, a small shop is a small town- both with great big hearts! They admit their store isn’t a “lets-just-stop-by” kinda place but after reading this and seeing their Lilly pink nightly sunsets (pictured above), you’ll definitely want to drive out of your way to say hello and shop with these ladies!
Location: 444 4th Street, Boca Grande, FL
Store Hours: 9am-5pm Monday through Saturday, year round!
Find them online or connect with them on Facebook
A little background… Our store owner is Jennifer Burch and I’m Kris, Boyden- the store manager. We were one of the first accounts to sign up with Brad & Scott when they bought Lilly from Lilly! The brand never went out of fashion here- ladies were always trying to find it- mostly in thrift stores at the time. When the brand started up again, we started growing with it! We started in a little corner of Ariel LTD and quickly outgrew that spot, moving into a separate store thus becoming “The Palm on Park” in 1998. We are now selling to our fifth generation of Lilly lovers!!! More than one grandmother reports to us, after picking up their visiting grandkids from the airport, the first question the little ones ask is “When can we go to the Lilly store???? We want to go to the pink and green store!!!!!” It’s such an honor for us to be a part of their yearly family traditions.
Posted on April 15, 2011 in More Fun
We had so much fun with the Barnum’s Animal crackers partnership last year that we called our friends at Kraft and brought it back with an adorable, updated design- just in time for our Lilly Loves the Arts celebration! And because of this year’s arts theme, we’ve brought this fun partnership full circle through our support of Urban Arts Partnership.
So the big question is… where are these [1.5 million!!] cartons going to be popping up?? Well…we’re not sure so we need YOUR help! We’ve created a Barnum’s Animals & Lilly Pulitzer Cracker Tracker (http://bit.ly/crackertracker) that allows you to share where you’ve discovered these colorful hidden treasures. Just type in your zip, add a description and voila- you’re queen of the Scavenger Hunt! And don’t be surprised if you see some popping up in Lilly Pulitzer retailers near you too- our stores have a few stashed in the back…
And we’d love to SEE you finding those boxes! We had so much fun seeing your pictures on Facebook last year that we hope you share with us again! Get your friends together and snap a quick photo of you with these colorful cartons because who knows…we may have some prizes stashed somewhere too!
Happy Hunting! Happy Munching!
We’re very excited to welcome Susan Danish, Executive Director of The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc., into our Guest House today. Building better communities through service is something very near and dear to Lilly’s heart and the Junior League and their members embody that ideal so partnering with the Junior League to create a custom Murfee was an easy decision. We asked Susan to tell us a little more about the Junior League so we could share it with all of you…
Tell us a little about the Junior League
The first Junior League was founded in New York City in 1901 and today there are 292 Leagues in four countries – Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States. There are 155,000 members. Junior Leagues are organizations of women who, through their volunteer leadership and activities, work to improve their communities. Each Junior League is a volunteer led and run nonprofit organization that assesses the most pressing needs in its community and then either creates a program or partners with other organizations, businesses and / or local government to create or build programs that address those needs. Through the decades Leagues have tackled issues like domestic violence, women and alcohol, early childhood education and literacy, human trafficking, childhood obesity, the environment and more.
Junior League members have gone on to found nonprofits, sit on nonprofit boards, run nonprofits, hold appointed or elected offices. Today in the U.S., there are Junior League members in the Senate and House, and one of our most prominent members was the first women appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, Sandra Day O’Connor. Junior Leagues are diverse organizations who welcome all women who share their passion for giving back and doing so in a meaningful way.
We know you love hearing the insider stories behind our prints and we love showcasing the amazing work our print designers do on a daily basis. (It’s not very Lilly-like to brag but this stuff is cooool!) Our latest delivery celebrates the fine art of block and stamp printing. And like all of our prints, these were created by hand… literally, down to the carved linoleum and wood blocks used in this technique that give these incredible prints a chic yet slightly imperfect look!
Check out the above creation of our Punch Pink Stamped print made by our beloved print designer, Rebecca! She spent all afternoon carving this layout. Can you spot the giraffes hidden in the leaves?? Flash forward from block carving, to print, to amazingly fun spring styles. Wear this art with a smile knowing so much love went into creating it for you!
And be sure to check out the Worth Blue Pressed print by Jeff and the Painter’s Block and Multi Rollin prints by Stacey.