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

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: Fashion Trends for Spring 2015 at Glik’s

With spring break approaching, it’s time to start thinking about the condition of our closets. Hot spring/summer fashion is already hitting Glik’s, and we couldn’t be more excited! Colors are getting brighter, and the weather will soon turn warmer. It’s time to begin phasing out our fall wardrobes, and we can start by checking out some of the hottest fashion trends for spring 2015. Break out the sunnies and enjoy the ride!

Pocket Tees and Colorblocking

These trends are still hot and you will be seeing them in brighter colors with new designs for spring.

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Preppy Clothing for Women

Southern prep is leading the prep scene with brands like Vineyard Vines, Southern Shirt Company, and Southern Tide. The preppy gal is multi-dimensional wearing everything from oversized printed tees layered with puffer vests to classy wovens layered under knit tops with pearl accessories.

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Nautical Fashion

Anchor and nautical prints are still the perfect way to freshen your spring and summer wardrobe. Add in some Sperry Top-Siders and your look is golden.

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White Out

White is in! And it seems the more the better. From jackets, vests, tops, and bottoms, you can style out this trend to fit your individual style.

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Kimonos

The treasured fall cardigan will transition into spring as a lightweight kimono. Yeah. We’re excited about that too.

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Fringe

The fringe frenzy lives on this spring. You’ll find this trend in more than just your typical boho and festival inspired wear.

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Boho/Festival Fashion

Boho fashion is thriving, and we are excited to see the new product for spring and summer. New brands like Amuse Society have taken this trend and infused it with other beachy elements to bring this fashion to a whole new level.

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Look Ahead: Fashion Trends for Spring 2015 at Glik’s