A pair of Bluffview-bred sisters aren’t kidding around when it comes to the line of children’s clothing they have designed and recently launched.
Christian Elizabeth & Co. is the brainchild of siblings Emily Duck and Kathryn Anderson, both alums of The Episcopal School of Dallas and graduates of SMU. The company’s name is a combination of the women’s respective middle monikers.
Its Spring/Summer 2018 collection features what the two describe as “traditional” styles for girls and boys, sizes 3 months through 4T (toddler).
Its dainty pastel-hued dresses, rompers, and short suits sport detailed hand-embroidered designs. They range in price from $74-$82 at christianelizabethco.com.
Christian Elizabeth & Co.’s New York-inspired Fall/Winter 2018 collection, represented by Katwalk Kids, was displayed during January’s Dallas Apparel & Accessories Market at the Dallas World Trade Center.
The wholesale-industry event was attended by retailers from throughout the country.
“With social media these days, we’ve been able to connect with a lot of moms out there who … just love traditional clothing and are willing to pay a little bit more of a premium to get those styles and the hand embroidery,” said 22-year-old Anderson, who resides in the Turtle Creek neighborhood.
The Spring/Summer pieces are inspired by family vacations the women took as children to the Florida coast and Colorado mountains with their father, Dallas land developer Charlie Anderson, and mother Shawn Anderson.
Sailboats, starfish, and seashells adorn clothing in the line dubbed Seaside, while cowboy hats, horseshoes, and even fly-fishing lures dot items from the Aspen line.
“We spend a ton of time there, and growing up we’d spend all summer and every Christmas” in the small ski town, said Duck, a 29-year-old Lake Highlands mother of two young children. “We recognized that so many Southern families spend the summer in the mountains to escape the heat, and we felt like that was the perfect niche to tap into for this collection because we’ve seen so many cute little kids (there) that clearly are from the South in their little traditional outfits.”
The company’s clothes are similar in style to the duds the women said they wore as youngsters.
Their shared passion for fashion has blossomed over the years.
“We always were really close,” Duck recalled. “I think the age difference actually brought us closer together. We were never competitive or anything, and we were always really each other’s best friend.”
Working with her sister “has been fun,” Anderson said. “I feel like we get along really well, and we can always be really honest with each other.”