About Lesley

I started sewing when I was eleven and I love making dresses. Always have.
Okay, a bit more. I was born in Oakland, California. Both my parents grew up in Berkeley so I have deep roots in California even though we moved to Charlotte, NC when I was in second grade. I spent 10 years in Charlotte and made lifelong friends but moved along to Philadelphia to go to UPenn where I studied Architecture and Art History, even though I really wanted to go to fashion school. My mom thought UPenn was a better plan. 
I've been married for twenty years to my husband Curtis. He's a maker too. Mostly he makes stone sculpture and restores old cars, but he makes a lot of other things too. And he can fix pretty much anything. I've always said if our lives depended on it he could make a spaceship. Thankfully that theory has not been put to the test. We have two teenage boys and three dogs. There's always a lot going on at our house. 

I started my dress company in 2008. I've sold to over 100 boutiques across the country and even had a department store account. Ultimately I decided I prefer to sell directly to my customers and so in 2012 I opened my first store and stopped selling wholesale. I never looked back. I love interacting directly with my customers. I love making you all feel pretty. I love the feedback and letters that I get. 
I run a small business. We manufacture everything here in Oakland just 10 minutes from my house. I design all the textiles myself and have the fabric printed in Los Angeles. My hands have probably touched each and every dress that goes out the door. 
You, my customers, are everything. I appreciate each and every one of you. My staff feels the same way. Our goal is to bring you locally manufactured clothing that is made by women, for women, with love.