It started with my daughter. She inspired me to create the dresses and peter pan tops that became Wren & James, but maybe I should go back even further. I have been designing clothing for as long as I can remember – you could definitely say I have a life long love affair with fashion and design. I even moved to New York City just after high school to study fashion design.
Years later, I met my husband and we started a family together. This little family we created became and remains the most important part of my life. If I had to choose between being a respected fashion designer in New York or a mom to my 3 girls, I would choose “mom” every time.
It wasn't long after our first daughter was born that I began designing clothing for her. Within a year of making my first outfit for Mazie I was getting requests from friends and people in my neighborhood to make the same outfit for their kids. From there, it was a natural progression into rediscovering my passion for design and fashion but with a renewed purpose. I have always loved the classic silhouettes of vintage dresses. There is a strong sense of childhood and play in Wren & James – I wanted to capture that feeling of nostalgia and wonder with my designs. This lead me to create a vintage dress with a modern sensibility. And this simple idea became Wren & James.
The name? Well, as I mentioned earlier, my family is the most important part of my life and I would never have made a single dress if it wasn't for the support and encouragement I've received– especially from my husband, who remains the quiet support behind the scenes in this business. The name comes from both of our names together, or more specifically our middle names; mine (Wren) and his (James). Once we said “Wren & James” out loud, we knew what to call our business.