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Founded by two sisters—Emily Christian and Kathryn Elizabeth—with a lifelong passion for design, Christian Elizabeth & Co. was born out of the idea that kids’ clothing can showcase both intricate design and quality craftsmanship.
The sisters’ inspiration began when the two were girls. Growing up, their father created and grew a successful company while still finding time to coach the girls’ sports teams. He made it a priority to always be home in time for dinner. His ability to maintain his growing business and his dedication to his family is what Emily and Kathryn admire about their father the most. They try to emulate his values in their own company and families.
Emily and Kathryn discussed owning a children’s clothing company for years, but it wasn’t until Emily had her son Ryan, at the end of Kathryn’s freshman year at Southern Methodist University, when the stars aligned. They fell in love with all of the precious baby clothes and decided to embark on their own children’s clothing line! After a few years of narrowing down their concept -- Ryan was beginning school and Kathryn’s college graduation was approaching -- they decided to officially launch Christian Elizabeth & Co. Their idea was to base each clothing collection off a different location, thereby incorporating travel into their concept. Growing up, the sisters frequently visited Seaside and Rosemary Beach as well as Aspen and Snowmass. These travels and places they love have inspired whole collections.
Their venture into expanding their business and sharing their special pieces with other stores didn’t take off until December 2017. It was one fortuitous Instagram message from an owner of a San Antonio boutique asking if they were selling in-store. At this point, they had just started selling their first collection on their website exclusively. This message gave them the confidence to pursue wholesale and shortly after, they took their samples to a children's boutique in Fort Worth and were the first store to locally place an order! The two sisters were so excited and nervous driving over to Fort Worth and they’ll never forget that moment!
Each Christian Elizabeth & Company collection embodies the carefree spirit of a different travel destination (CE&Co. photographs at each location, too!), with every piece lovingly designed by the two founding sisters and handcrafted with care. “We realize that when customers dress their kids in CE&Co. they are including us in special moments in their little ones’ lives,” says Kathryn, “and we are so grateful for the opportunity to be a small part of these moments.”
Bringing an unbridled sense of joy to children’s high-end playwear, Christian Elizabeth & Co. is now carried in more than 70 luxury children’s boutiques across the country.