4 posts tagged "Jennifer Murray"
We spotted a bounty of camo-print varieties during Resort and at the menswear shows. In case you don’t want to wait until those covetable Marc by Marc and Givenchy Resort items hit stores in November, the team at Edith A. Miller has a stopgap right now. Edith A. Miller’s Jennifer Murray and Nancy Gibson pulled archival camo print from the label’s century-old mill and created six fresh takes on it (some items have the brand’s signature stripe in the mix, too). The fatigue-inspired styles ($62-$82) are in stores like New York’s Maryam Nassir Zadeh and Bird in Brooklyn now.
Valentine’s Day calls to mind things like lingerie, jewelry, and chocolate. Those are all nice, but Edith A. Miller designers Jennifer Murray and Nancy Gibson had something a little more cozy in mind for the holiday this year. The duo has made a name for themselves—J.Crew picked up styles from the brand in September 2011—with their basic T-shirts (striped ones, in particular). So, in their signature style, they came up with Valentine’s Day striped heart T-shirt. Here, an exclusive first look at the limited-edition tee ($88), available on EdithAMiller.com and Colette February 7.
Edith A. Miller earned its stripes with easy basic tees and dresses, so when founders Jennifer Murray and Nancy Gibson sat down with executives from J.Crew, pairing up seemed like a natural step.
“Both companies have an affinity for classic, all-American stripes,” Gibson tells Style.com. Of Edith A. Miller, J.Crew’s Tom Mora says it was a “great fit for J.Crew from the start—classic stripes, craftsmanship, and a storied family operation that has been around for over a hundred years.” (Edith A. Miller launched last spring, but it’s an offspring of Robert P. Miller, which has been made in rural Pennsylvania since 1906.)
Tomorrow, the 100 percent American-made brand debuts its three signature styles, including the Scoop short-sleeve tee, the Henley, and the Scoop long dress, at select J.Crew New York stores. But that’s not the only collaboration they have going—watch out for the brand’s classic stripes and military print pieces “from the archive of our mill” in Opening Ceremony stores later this year. The duo is also expanding to eyewear.
Gibson says, “We are working on a sunglass collaboration for Spring 2012, so get ready for some super chic, very Edith-inspired shades.”
Two girls walk into a party wearing the same outfit: striped men’s T-shirts from the hard-to-find label Robert P. Miller. “Nancy and I had both come across one of the men’s tees separately and showed up at her house in Fire Island wearing the same shirt,” explains Jennifer Murray. “We were like, ‘Where’d you get that?’ ‘Where’d you get that?’ “
Fair question. The Miller shirts are produced in a rural Pennsylvania factory that’s been making them since 1906, but in recent years they’d been sold mainly by (and to) Americana obsessives in Japan. For some girls, the doubling-up might’ve led to a fight or a fuss. But Murray and partner Nancy Gibson sensed opportunity. They contacted the factory’s fifth- and sixth-generation family owners—via that very 1906 technology, the telephone—and a little convincing later, they’d sold them on the idea: a sister label to Robert P. Miller, christened Edith A. Miller, after a popular girl’s name of the era.
Like the men’s line, Edith is 100 percent American-made, from the cotton (grown in North and South Carolina) to the construction. But it is the mill’s first venture into women’s. “It was kind of a challenge sewing with them,” Murray admits. “We’d ask them to make leggings and they’d come back with a 12″ rise—like, above your stomach. And all the colors at the mill [were chosen] by the whole team taking a trip to Home Depot; everyone picked a paint chip.”
With the guiding influence of Murray (a fashion-world veteran who worked in sales) and Gibson (who left a career in the financial sector to pursue arts and design), it all came together. (The rises, suffice it to say, came down.) For Spring, the debut collection—short and long-sleeve tees, minidresses, and a maxi dress—was picked up by Steven Alan, which recently hosted an Edith A. Miller pop-up shop, and Creatures of Comfort. For Fall, it hits the racks at Barneys, too.
Collaborations are now in the offing, as are new categories like made-in-New York knits. But easy striped tees are and remain the label’s cheery heart. “We chose Edith because we felt this warm, American feeling from it,” Murray says of the name, and that warm feeling extends all the way to its products. “If you don’t know what to wear,” she adds, “you can always put on a striped T-shirt and feel fine.”