Updated: Oct 22
What Makes A Great Mother-Daughter
Could you work with your mother? For some families, mother and daughter working side by side sound like a real challenge. For others, it’s the stuff of dreams. This Mother’s Day, discover creative mother-daughter duos who are making magic together. Perhaps the secret is in their intergenerational relationships. With several of these brands, their pairings have created a mashup of classic construction and timeless shapes with modern prints, colors, and patterns. The result? Eye-catching luxury looks for all ages. You’ll love these mother-daughter design teams!
BERNADETTE is a fashion label based in Antwerp, founded by Charlotte de Geyter and her mother, Bernadette. Charlotte, an Antwerp's Royal Academy of Fine Arts graduate, hand-draws the brand's signature patterns, which feature florals and botanicals. At the same time, Bernadette, a former buyer for Ralph Lauren, brings her expertise in timeless silhouettes. Their luxurious materials reflect a shared vision of modern luxury. The brand has become a cult favorite with its colorful silk dresses, robes, sleepwear, and interior goods. Rather than following trends, they embrace joyful, relaxed elegance and timeless styles that resist fads.
French mother-daughter duo Marie and Nathalie (Cléo to her friends) Dewet got their start on Instagram when the tops Marie posted there created a rising demand, pushing them to launch their website and company. Marie sources the fabric and designs the apparel which is then handmade to order, including adjusted to your measurements, by her mother Nathalie at home in the north of France.
This is slow fashion — with both labor and fabric availability putting a limit on the number of each design they can make. Marie sources surplus fabrics from couture houses and factories as well as vintage and thrifted cotton and trims. They have limited runs and work on exclusive drops with Net-à-porter, Selfridges, and Le Printemps. Each design is handmade-to-order and can be made to any size. The brand doesn't follow any fashion calendar or trend, creating new designs based on seasons, desires, and fabrics. They prioritize handmade clothing and authenticity. The brand is fully transparent, providing information about fabric costs and the time spent making each garment.
Luisa Beccaria is a Milanese designer, and her namesake brand has been creating haute couture looks since the 90s. In 2006, her daughter Lucilla joined the design team. The brand offers bridal, ready-to-wear, gowns, and jumpsuits that evoke a dreamy luxury. Celebrities such as Nicole Kidman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Angelina Jolie, Kate Winslet, Halle Berry, and Madonna have worn their looks. The brand values true craftsmanship, unique fabrics, and sustainability achieved through slow fashion, creating timeless shapes and styles that remain relevant yet timeless. Their poetic language aims to communicate a self-confident, romantic woman's fragile yet robust and passionate nature. The dresses or objects are dedicated to all the world's women.
“The Luisa Beccaria philosophy embraces true craftsmanship, from raw materials to unique fabrics. All are combined with knowledge and professional expertise, the kind of collaboration that breeds sincere and versatile friends in the wardrobe. All achieve superlative quality and ensure the lowest possible impact on the environment. Sustainability is achieved through slow fashion, by creating shapes and styles that adapt to modern luxury yet remain timeless. The brand’s language is evocative and poetic- eccentric at times. It aims to communicate the fragile yet strong, passionate nature of a self-confident, romantic woman, the kind who projects herself in all that surrounds her. Inclusivity is also a key part of the research, as the dresses or objects are dedicated to all the world’s women. These are some of Luisa Beccaria’s values. We strive to shape a new concept of femininity that condenses grace and strength.” From: luisabeccaria.it
House of Aama is designed and manufactured in Los Angeles by Akua Shabake and her mother, Rebecca Henry. The brand incorporates demographic and historical research into its designs to tell stories through clothing. Their looks have a nostalgic feel, but they engage in contemporary conversations. For example, their 2021 Nude collection explores the various skin tones within Blackness, reflecting family and community legacies of skin color in Black communities. This collection is a timely conversation starter in the Black Lives Matter era, providing a historical perspective on contemporary Black experiences through beautifully crafted clothing.
Here are some other Mother-Daughter fashion brands you may not have known about:
Carolina Herrera & Carolina Herrera de Baez - Carolina Herrera
Carolina Herrera, the legendary fashion designer, works alongside her daughter, Carolina Herrera de Baez, the creative director of her mother's eponymous brand. Their sophisticated designs are sought after by women who appreciate timeless elegance.
Lisa Perry & Samantha Perry David - Lisa Perry
Lisa Perry and her daughter, Samantha Perry David, work together to create fun, bold designs that celebrate the spirit of the 1960s. Their retro-inspired clothing and accessories are perfect for anyone who wants to make a statement.
Nanette Lepore & Violet Savage - Nanette Lepore
Nanette Lepore and her daughter, Violet Savage, collaborate to create feminine, bohemian-inspired designs. Their collections feature whimsical prints, intricate embroidery, and playful silhouettes. These days they are focused on the fragrance business, offering a variety of personalities and gift sets.
Do these Mother-Daughter duos inspire you? Spur some ideas for new collaborations with your mom, friend, or mentor. Let us know! Thanks for reading today- we appreciate you!
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