As children, sisters and Durham natives Christie Le Sesne and Mary Le Sesne Delpit spent many a summer visiting their father’s homeland of Puerto Rico, soaking in the culture of the sunny Caribbean island.
Those trips now influence the duo’s lifestyle brand, The Blush Label (theblushlabel.com), which recently launched its first clothing and accessories line. Taking inspiration from the sights and sounds of Puerto Rico, the collection of robes, caftans, dresses, bags and more features bold, poppy colors and vivid tropical prints.
“The colors on the island are incredibly welcoming and vibrant, and that’s what we wanted The Blush Label to embody,” Delpit said.
The sisters started small, with cocktail napkins and pillows featuring patterns and colors derived from Le Sesne’s artwork; her art also shows up in their clothing. The move to fashion was a natural transition, fueled largely by buyer request.
“We’ve grown our brand based on customer feedback – that has always been very important to us,” Delpit said. “After receiving frequent requests for clothing items in our popular prints, we decided to work with a team of industry professionals to develop the clothing line.”
Like most sisters, Le Sesne and Delpit have their own individual style, but they have found a way to marry those tastes to create a cohesive brand identity.
“I like a little more classic and clean lines, and Christie likes bold and funky,” Delpit said. “We may have different aesthetics, but we do have one vision for the brand. We know that going forward we always stay true to the brand and true to ourselves.”
As they look to the future, plans for additional clothing collections are in the works for next year, and the duo also intends to expand their home accents line.
“Currently, we plan to dive deeper into the fashion and accessories product offerings while maintaining new introductions in home décor,” Le Sesne said. “Even though most recently we’ve launched our resort-inspired clothing line, the customer demand for colorful interiors is just as strong as ever. Our home décor line is still a strong part of our brand identity.”
With a new season on the horizon, local boutiques ramp up their trunk show schedules. Here’s a look at what’s on tap this week:
▪ The Worth New York fall collection comes to Hunt and Gather at Seaboard Station for the “Art of Dressing for Fall” event, 4-8 p.m. Aug. 17. While perusing the latest looks for the coming season, shoppers also can enjoy bubbly and snacks, along with a raffle for prizes from Chanel cosmetics, Paintbase and more.
▪ Dovecote Style in Pittsboro’s Fearrington Village kicks off its fall trunk show series with jeans from Parker Smith Denim, Aug. 18-19. The line was created to fit and flatter women of all shapes and sizes. For details, call 919-542-1145.
Capsule wardrobes are all the rage in fashion right now, and Raleigh stylist Mary Michele Nidiffer will explain how this trend can save women time and money during a workshop at her StyleFinder Boutique, Aug. 16, 6-8 p.m. Attendees will learn how to pare down their wardrobe while maintaining a variety of options for work, evening and travel. Wine and snacks will be served, and attendees can win door prizes. The workshop is free, but seating is limited. To RSVP, call 919-454-3068.
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