The Founding of Orient Expressed
Two art teachers in retail? !.. Yes, that's how Bee Fitzpatrick and Dabney Jacob started it all. Those two young women who financed their 1978 vacation to the Far East by returning home with goods to sell at a trunk show now own and operate the multi-channeled business known as Orient Expressed.
Today, the retail store feels like an old world bazaar which features antiques, porcelain, Santos, home accessories, jewelry, gifts, AND the uniquely designed Orient Expressed line of hand-smocked children's clothing. Begun when their own children were born in the early 1980's, the clothing collection has been loved, guided, nurtured, and coddled, along with the children of Orient Expressed.
While it has taken about 20 years to rear each daughter, the gestation period for a piece of clothing includes fabric searches, fabric designing and printing, creating smocking patterns, correcting patterns and colors, more design refining, the actual smocking itself (up to 20 hours of labor per piece), assembly, and construction. Hours and hours of creative energy and labor produce a single piece of clothing.
We hope that your children and grandchildren will wear and enjoy them for many years to come.
"Dressing a child beautifully is one of life's great pleasures."
Believing this maxim, Bee Fitzpatrick and Dabney Jacob, the founders and owners of Orient Expressed, launched a business that has dressed thousands of children and pleased countless mothers and grandmothers for over 30 years. Specializing in not only traditional, but also modern styles, the Orient Expressed Collection offers high quality, handcrafted children's clothing that captures the joys of childhood.
Whether dressing to be the flower girl in a family wedding, or for the first day of school, or for trips to the pumpkin patch or to the Christmas tree lot, or even for the rough and tumble playground, children are always well dressed in Orient Expressed clothing. We offer the best hand sewn smocking from the Philippines, hand embroidery from Vietnam, the softest knits from Peru, lace from France, appliques from El Salvador, and the best sourced fabrics from around the world. Our collections are lovingly made in family-run sewing factories by artisans who work magic with needles. Lace, ribbons, trims, and extraordinary fabrics are uniquely combines to produce clothing that will be worn today and tucked away for future generations.
Our goal is to provide beautiful and stylish clothes that stand the test of time. Thank you for the privilege of dressing your children.