It all started years and years ago. My grandmother, Inez, learned to sew at a very young age. She then taught my mom, Nancy, when she was little. My mom taught me and now I am teaching my daughter…. See a trend? Over the years, I have had many “businesses”. I had my own clothing line in 1983, which I “sold” to my friends, a jewelry line called Junk to Jewels by Jen (clever!?) and a nail salon out of my dorm room at Texas Tech (this one actually made $$).
I was a fashion design major, so I decided to put my sewing and creative talents to work. After graduation, I moved to NYC and worked for Perry Ellis Menswear. It was Christmas of 1998 when my latest business took off! The only problem of starting a new company, is what do you name it? Mom asked, “What best describes you?” Well…. I was born & raised in Dallas, TX and married a Yankee…
Since it was my first “married” Christmas, I wanted to do something fun & cute as our first Christmas card. As luck would have it, a sorority sister (ZTA) was opening a Papyrus store on the Upper West Side, and agreed to let me launch my line there. I have since kept busy creating handmade items made with vintage linens and other up-cycled fabrics… and haven’t stopped since! I enjoy creating all sorts of new things with old things!
So, with a little help from my husband and 3 kids, I present to you Southern Yankee.