Lily Grace Clothing: Compassionate, Stylish, and Witty

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Meet Jess Cruser, Lead Designer and Art Director for the up and coming Southern Prep clothing brand Lily Grace.

With designs that ring true to the southern lifestyle of staying classy, charming, and modern, Lily Grace clothing embodies what every southern girl aspires to be. When I learned that the brand was coming to Glik’s, I had to know find out more about how Lily Grace came to be and where this adorable southern apparel brand is heading.

  1. ­­­Can you tell our readers a little about Lily Grace clothing?

Lily Grace represents our lifestyle. We love to dress up and do our hair, but we also like to dress down and when we do we wear Lily Grace. It is still beautiful and represents us, but in a go to class or chilling by the pool kind of way.

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  1. There are so many “southern prep” brands popping up everywhere. In your opinion, what sets Lily Grace apart from the rest?

Lily Grace began with myself and my best friend working as a team to come up with t-shirts that we wanted to wear. I was born and raised in the south and my bff pretty much is southern at heart and got here as fast as she could.  Everything about us is southern and we like to think classy.  We put our both our personalities into the brand and designs!  And unlike many other brands, we actually design & print our shirts ourselves. We are involved in every step of the process that each individual shirts goes through so, we hope our customers see the love that we have put into this brand!

  1. Where do you find inspiration for your designs?

Our inspiration comes from the everyday. The girls here in the office grew up here in south and appreciate being “Southern” on a deep level. We don’t take breaking tradition lightly- but with that being said we also love new ideas. We live the life we represent in our art and we hope it shows!

  1. How do you begin your design process? Is it a collaborative effort?

Yes! We first make a Pinterest Board with things we are thinking about we take notes and agree or disagree on concepts- then we go to sketch phase-After we come up with sketches we sit around the conference table and pick out what we like and dislike. We make changes and then go to approval to make the final! Even after the final we come back as a team and decide what inks and shirt colors we should do. So all in all we need and want everyone’s input!

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  1. What does the future for Lily Grace look like?

The future looks like the same and better all at the same time. We are a southern brand with southern employees and designers. And for that we know our designs will stay true to those values, but we also know that we want to keep going and make more clothing that both we and our customers want! Expect to see more than just T-shirts in the very near future!

  1. What is your favorite shirt design for this season?

My favorite design this fall would have to be fox with the scarf. I love his sassiness! And the phrase is something that I think really fits where I am in life at this moment. P.S. I am wearing a Scarf as I type this ( i also love scarves)

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  1. Lily Grace clothing has partnered with various charity organizations. How important is it for the brand to stay connected with the community and give back?

Not important. Just kidding! No we absolutely love to give back. We are extremely fortunate in more than just business and we take pride in knowing that we get to make a difference to more than just people’s wardrobes! Both the company and even individual employees have started different events or ideas to find ways to help as a group. It is very inspiring and keeps us working as a team with positive goals! Please check us out on Social Media-we highlight different things throughout the year that we love helping with and also inform y’all on ways that you can help us help them!

  1. Our customers love finding southern preppy t-shirts that boasts phrases they   can identify with. What southern saying do you connect the most with?

This goes back to #6- at the moment it is ” live life to express not to impress” but my second phrase would have to be from last season from Oscar Wilde “You can never be overdressed or overeducated” I actually have my MFA in Illustration so this pretty much describes me to the T!

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I couldn’t agree with you more, Jess!
  1. Lily Grace clothing is based out of South Carolina. Did your team ever dream that the brand would spread so far across the U.S.?

Yes and no. Of course we feel that our designs are universal in regards to all women who love life and having fun would be able to associate with our shirts. We didn’t expect for it to be as successful as quickly as it has proven to be!

  1. Fill in the blanks: A southern girl should always be ____, ____, and ____.

Compassionate, stylish, and witty.

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Lily Grace Clothing: Compassionate, Stylish, and Witty

1897 Men’s Club Shorts

 

With the popularity of Southern Prep trends, it is important that every man has what it takes to pull off the preppy look. 1897 Men’s Club Shorts are a must-have for the spring and summer.

Flat Front Shorts Men's Club shorts

1897, our house brand, has designed men’s flat front shorts in a variety of trendy colors, including gray, salmon, and mint.

Flat Front Shorts

The club shorts can be worn to satisfy the preppy look. When paired with button-up shirts, t-shirts, and polos, these 1897 Men’s Club Shorts can complete the Southern Prep look.

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Check out more from our 1897 Men’s House Brand.

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Southern Preppy Clothing Brands at Glik’s

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You don’t have to live in the South to enjoy the Southern preppy style! Southern preppy brands have migrated into the Midwest and since have exploded in popularity. Full of humor, personality, and class, the preppy clothing brands have collectively created styles that appeal to everyone. Once popular with only college students here in the Midwest, Southern clothing brands have branched out to encompass a much larger demographic.

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Southern Preppy Tee Shirts are a comfy way to look cute and stay southern. Photo Credit: Lauren James

With brands like Southern Shirt Company, Lauren James, or Southern Marsh, you will never worry about how to dress preppy.

Here are some of the Southern preppy clothing brands we carry at Glik’s:

Southern Marsh

Known for their Rebecca Jersey pullover, we are in love with the Southern Marsh embroidered back jersey and contrasting pocket.

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Jadelynn Brooke

Founded by three sisters, the Southern clothing brand Jadelynn Brooke has witty and fun shirts that will make you smile and stand out (in the best way).

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Lauren James

Best known for their Livingston seersucker dress, the Lauren James Collection also includes cute tees and their original seersucker back pullover jersey.

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Southern Shirt Company

Definitely one of the most popular southern preppy clothing brands, Southern Shirt Co. started in 2006 and has since become “Your New Favorite Shirt.”

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Fraternity Collection

With dozens of pocket styles and colors, the possibilities are endless with Fraternity Collection Shirts.

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Simply Southern

With colorful and cute designs, the Simply Southern clothing brand has created a preppy tee shirt collection that reminds everyone what living in the South is all about.

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Southern Preppy Clothing Brands at Glik’s

Valentines Day Giftables for Men

Is your man the athletic guy who enjoys an intense workout? Or the outdoor guy who takes in the scenery, no matter the weather? Whoever your guy may be, Glik’s has a little something for everyone. Check out this year’s Valentine’s Day giftables for men.

The Moto Guy

valentines day giftables for men Moto brandsWith brands like Fox and Alpinestars layered with faux leather jackets, we have the hook up for him this Valentine’s Day.

The Athletic Guy

under armour for menUnder Armour is where it’s at this year, and we have everything from hats and socks, to hoodies and lounge pants.

The Outdoor Guy

outdoor apparel for men vanentines day giftsFor the men who love the outdoors, Patagonia and The North Face offer pullovers, jackets and coats that will suit your guys needs.

The Preppy Guy

preppy brands for menWith brands like The Southern Shirt Company, Smathers and Branson, and Sperry Top-Sider, we have your stylish guy covered whether he’s aiming for casual or dressing to impress.

The Funny Guy

back to back world war champs shirtThis guy’s sense of humor keeps you constantly laughing in his presence. Appeal to his funny side with Rowdy Gentleman, Stance Socks, or a silly Box Sign that will truly show him how you feel. Add some classics to the mix with a pair of Vans and 1897 Jeans.

What are you getting your sweetie for Valentine’s Day?

Valentines Day Giftables for Men

Look Ahead: Mens Trends for Spring 2015

Let’s take a look ahead to upcoming mens trends for Spring 2015.

Americana

Americana seems to be a reoccurring trend pulling from past generations of the hard working American man with a love for his country.

1897 flat front shorts sperry for menTo wear this trend, red, white and blue colorways are essential. Even if you vary the shades (as shown below with Marsala, khaki and dusk blue) the impression of Americana still resonates. Stars and stripes not necessary.

Prep and Nautical

Both Prep and Nautical trends will be seen this Spring.

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Brands including Vineyard Vines, Southern Shirt Company, 1897 and Sperry Top Sider will be leading this trend in menswear at Glik’s. The Preppy look isn’t just long sleeve pastel pullovers or gingham button-downs paired with flat front khaki shorts and Sperry Top-Siders. This trend has expanded to include patriotic graphic tees (Rowdy Gentleman) worn with chinos and Vans.

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Both styles are clean-cut with an emphasis of a preppy lifestyle.  Watch for plaid button downs or polo shirts with bright pops of color in red or mint.

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And as the Nautical trend sets sail, it’s going to find its home within the Preppy lifestyle. So be on the lookout for anchors and stripes (particularly navy and white) within this trend. But don’t be afraid to think outside the yacht, Hawaiian printed shirts, cardigans and blazers are a fun way to switch things up a bit.

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Activewear

Fitness is booming right now, so it should come as no surprise that activewear has become huge in the fashion industry.

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Tech tees from Under Armour, Fox, or Nike, paired with joggers and sneaks can be worn any and everywhere–not just to the gym. No fellas, activewear isn’t just for leg days anymore.

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Here are some other trends to look out for at Glik’s for Spring

Color block tees

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Pocket tees

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Beachwear

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Must-have accessories to beat the heat

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Shades and croakies are for the active man. Whether it be a round of golf with the boys or a game of volleyball at the beach, you won’t lose your cool with these accessories.

After your fun in the sun, fire up the grill and crack open some cold ones with a koozie in hand and, of course, a beeracuda to keep those brews ice-cold.

Look Ahead: Mens Trends for Spring 2015

Vests Spring into 2015

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Vests were one of the hottest items of 2014. Of course it is a no-brainer that our favorite look of the year will transition into spring.Peaches-n-Cream-SOLID-QUILTED-VESTS-SPRING-J24004-01-white

Perfect to layer over your workout gear or complete your southern prep look, spring vests can be worn by everyone this year.

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Some cute ways to wear vests for spring include layering them over a quarter zip top, glamming it up with a chambray shirt and bangles, or pairing it with your favorite scarf.

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Available in a variety of colors, this spring vest by Peach Love is a must have item for this spring season.

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Vests Spring into 2015 Question:  How would you wear the Peach Love vest this spring?

Vests Spring into 2015

Glik’s 1897 Club Shorts Men’s Style Blog | Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Just like women, every dad’s style is different. Whether he is the average guy that loves the basics or the more style-conscious, we all love the men that are our childhood superheroes. As women, we love to not only dress ourselves, but also dress and style the special men in our lives. And they love it, because let’s face it–that’s one less thing they have to worry about. We put together four different Dad style ideas all featuring our Glik’s exclusive 1897 Club Shorts as a tribute to Father’s Day this year.

The Trendy and Confident Dad

Navy club shorts

The more style-conscious Dad will love our salute to the nautical trend this year. Navy is the new khaki and it is easy for any man to coordinate. Complete with an anchor-printed woven button-down shirt, Men’s Sperry Top-Sider Boat Shoes, and our in-house 1897 Navy Flat Front Club Shorts, this Dad will look put together and confident for any occasion.

The Fun and Outgoing Dad

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Perfect for the fun and energetic Dad, we have an animated outfit that will let his outgoing personality shine. Complete with a multi-colored plaid button down woven, 1897 graphic tee, 1897 Mint Flat Front Club Shorts, and comfortable red canvas Men’s Sperry Top-Siders, this Dad will look fun and clever this Father’s Day.

The Casual and Active Dad

Khaki club shorts

Probably the most common Dad out there is the Casual Dad. He likes to wear practical and comfortable clothes for all occasions. Usually more active and in need of performance material, this ensemble is perfect for the everyday basic Dad. We paired our 1897 Tobacco Flat Front Club Shorts with an Under Armour Golf Polo, Hat, and Crevo sandals for a perfect Father’s Day outfit to spend the day out with family or manning the grill.

The Southern and Gentlemanly Dad

Salmon club shorts

One of the best styles of the summer is Southern Prep-inspired, but don’t let that keep you from checking out our Southern look for your charming Dad. Perfect for the well-dressed Dad that needs a day out of the office, he will be dashing in our layered plaid woven shirt when paired with our 1897 Salmon Flat Front Club Shorts and brown leather Men’s Sperry Top-Sider Boat Shoes.

Are you buying a new outfit from Glik’s for your Dad? We want to see! Take a picture and tag #gliks on Instagram!

Glik’s 1897 Club Shorts Men’s Style Blog | Father’s Day Gift Ideas