Jolie and Elizabeth
|Jolie and Elizabeth|
|Founder(s)||Jolie Bensen and Sarah Elizabeth Dewey|
|Headquarters||New Orleans, Louisiana|
A contemporary women’s apparel company designed and manufactured in New Orleans, Louisiana. One of the only completely vertically integrated clothing companies in the South, their retailers span from Georgia to California, after only 1 year. Every garment is manufactured in New Orleans, complimented with a “Made in Louisiana” tag. An additional impact to the area's economy, the two founders, Jolie and Sarah Elizabeth frequently speak at area high schools and universities and incorporate ongoing guest design competitions to contribute to the decreasing number of apparel design graduate opportunities. The two have been awarded New Orleans Magazine's Top 30 under 30 People to Watch for 2010, spotlighted by Inc.com and their designs have been featured in films such as Twilight, magazines including Southern Living.
Drawing inspiration from the heart of the deep south, New Orleans; over a pitcher of sweet tea and a messy shrimp po boy, Jolie and Elizabeth was born. Jolie & Elizabeth is comprised of two young New Orleans fashion designers, Jolie Bensen and Sarah Elizabeth Dewey. Jolie Bensen, born and raised in New Orleans, graduated from Mount Carmel Academy, went on to LSU where she was a member of Delta Gamma sorority. After graduating from LSU's fashion program, she then immersed herself in the NY and LA fashion design industries, beginning as an intern with Betsey Johnson, 3 years with BCBG Max Azria and after a short stint with Alice + Olivia, eagerly returned to sweet home New Orleans to diversify her accomplishments in fashion. As a stylist, she used her love of vintage fashions and architectural eye, inherited from her father, to the windows of Magazine Street and pages of Vogue España. As a designer, Jolie aspires to create fun, feminine yet functional dresses, a balance of sophisticated and spirited, while focusing on the importance of a good fit. Through her fascination with fashion, Jolie remains determined to take her experiences from different levels within the fashion industry and evolve them to help structure and invigorate a stronger path for the young and talented generation that will ensue. Sales, marketing and assistant design are by Texas native, Sarah Elizabeth Dewey. Born in New Orleans, she moved to Dallas at a young age and nourished a passion for the south. After working with buyers and wholesalers at many Dallas Fashion markets, she traded in her cowboy boots for shrimp boots and headed down to Louisiana State University to obtain a degree in Fashion Merchandising and Business. With Sarah's experience in the Dallas and New York City fashion industries and her passion for sales and brand imaging, she brings customer-centric enthusiasm to Jolie and Elizabeth. The two met in the big apple while, as fate would have it, Sarah interned for Jolie at BCBG. In due time, the two realized that the street they were searching for was not Fifth Avenue nor Rodeo Drive, but Desire. After just five months, in June 2010, Jolie & Elizabeth were awarded "Top 30 People to Watch 2010" by New Orleans Magazine. In November 2011, Jolie and Elizabeth were named Top 100 Entrepreneurs in America by the White House, the prestigious Empact100 List. The designs of Jolie & Elizabeth have been featured in various regional and national publications, including NY's Daily Candy and Southern Living.
Staying true to timeless southern style, the dresses of Jolie and Elizabeth surpass forced trends that overlook the purpose of a dress: to adorn or decorate; to render pleasing or attractive. Trends come and go, but a true Southern girl knows good style and good attitude go hand in hand. And there's nothing more charmingly irresistible than that.