I am so excited to feature these awesome ladies. Meet Amy and Lisa, the designers for Plaid Buttercup. Plaid Buttercup is an adorable line of children's clothes designed here in Greenville, SC.
What got you started working in children’s clothing design?
We started Plaid Buttercup because we've always enjoyed fashion and all things design. My daughter, Lila, was the final inspiration we needed. She has always enjoyed picking out her clothes, and loves to look fabulous! However, she demands comfort as well, as any child should! I had a hard time finding clothes that were both fabulous and comfortable. So, we decided to design and produce her ideal clothing line!
Your work is all highly detailed and imaginative. Where does that inspiration come from?
My sister, Lisa, and I have very different design aesthetics. I am a denim with pearls kind of girl, whereas Lisa is more of a stripes and plaid fan. We are truly yin and yang when it comes to design. Our designs show that blend of personality, taste, and preferences and that is often what gives our designs a unique blend. We both enjoy many sources of inspiration, Lisa always has a house renovation project going on of some sort. I love collecting local art and finding the perfect place for it in our home. I typically choose greys, blues, pinks while Lisa loves oranges, reds, and greens. Those color loves are represented in the pattern mixes you see in our designs.
What was your background prior to starting Plaid Buttercup?
Lisa and I are both pediatric speech-pathologists. We have a pediatric rehab company that provides speech, occupational, and physical therapy to children and have done so for over 12 years. We have 15 terrific therapists who work with us and make so many families proud of their little ones!
Tell us a bit about your drive and purpose, your vision for your designs.
Our vision for Plaid Buttercup designs is to provide fun, comfortable clothing for little ones. We call this Fabucomfy. We want our designs to be happy, sophisticated, but appropriate for real life! Lisa and I have five kids between us, so we know that most days involve climbing, running, and jumping. Our clothes are designed with those things in mind, and we believe there isn't any reason why you can't look cute while also being a real kid!
What do you feel makes your work unique?
I think our work is unique in several ways. Lila truly helps design each of our pieces. She often helps us pick between colors or fabrics, and I think our work has a level of whimsy that shows we design with children in mind. We also adore classic design such as the style portrayed by Jackie O. We love those classic silhouettes that never grow old, we just have added pockets, taken away zippers and anything us not kid-friendly, and added punches of color for the modern child!
How do you feel that current trend affects your design?
We do enjoy following and keeping up to date with current trends, although we don't often pull them into our designs as we prefer our designs to not have a date stamp! We have enjoyed the woodland animal trend, as well as all of the metallic fabrics that are popular right now.
What current trends are you keeping track of? Any that you just can’t stand?
We are watching the anchor/sailing/ mermaid trend and enjoy some of the colors in that trend. We are working to enjoy the return of the harem pant.. But as two girls who grew up in the 80's there may just be too many bad memories...
What makes you tick as a designer, what direction to you find yourself returning to time and time again?
We both are constantly drawn back to classic design shapes like the A-line dress, or a simple basic tee that you keep wearing because it drapes so well. Lisa will always be drawn to a stripe or plaid, whereas I will pull the floral or gingham from a fabric lay any day! As our line grows, I think people will be able to spot which ones Lisa primarily did and which ones have more of my hand in them!