Remembering Lilly Pulitzer

CFDA member and designer extraordinaire, Lilly Pulitzer, passed away on Sunday, at the age of 81, at her Palm Beach, Florida, home.

When Ms. Pulitzer first moved to Palm Beach and was selling juices made from the oranges and grapefruits from her family’s groves, she found herself covered in citrus pulp at the end of each day. After designing a shift dress featuring prints bold enough to conceal the fruit stains, she received accolades and the iconic Lilly Pulitzer dress was born. The label would eventually expand to include resort-ready swimsuits, children’s clothing, menswear, and home-goods.

In 2009, Ms. Pulitzer told the Associated Press, “I design collections around whatever strikes my fancy … fruits, vegetables, politics, or peacocks.” And we wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. Lilly Pulitzer’s fanciful and iconic brand will live on in the 18 company-operated retail stores, more than 70 signature stores, major department stores, and wholesale retailers in the United States, Canada, and Cayman Islands.