When a 21-year-old New York socialite named Lilly Pulitzer started a juice stand in 1959 Palm Beach, Florida, an iconic lifestyle brand was born.

With her colorful, printed, citrus-stained dresses, Lilly launched an eponymous  clothing line comprised of  simple, Home-Ec.-101, shift dresses in bold bursts of pattern and color.  When her former schoolmate Jacqueline Kennedy (née Bouvier), then First Lady, was photographed wearing a “Lilly” dress while on vacation in 1962, the “classic shift dress” skyrocketed to international fame and demand.

As Ms. Pulitzer wrote in her 1994 book, Essentially Lilly , “Jackie wore one of my dresses – it was made from kitchen curtain material – and people went crazy. They took off like zingo. Everybody loved them, and I went into the dress business.”

Now, a thriving fashion empire for over 50 years, Lilly Pulitzer has debuted a licensed collection of interior fabrics and trimmings, featuring her immediately recognizable prints and patterns, for the home.

Lilly’s very first home collection contains 40-plus beautiful prints, colors, and patterns, all in Palm Beach pinks, turquoise and greens.  It is available exclusively through Lee Jofa, the interior design industry leader in high-end, to-the-trade home furnishings, including fabrics, furniture, wall coverings, carpet, trimmings and lighting – founded in 1823.

A video via Kravet, Inc. about the Lilly Pulitzer collection at Lee Jofa:

Two of my favorite fabrics from the collection:

Glazed cotton “heritage floral” fabric in color “salmon/pink.” Item #2011106 – 97.

Embroidered, “Lilly Lace,” woven upholstery-weight fabric in color “blue/green,” Item #2011113 – 53.  Made in India. To view more fabrics from the collection, browse the digital brochure here.

Photo Credits: /1 / High Street Market / 2 -4 / Lee Jofa /

Author: Sarah Sarna

Interior Designer and Editor helping intelligent women unlock their style and own it, à la: decorating, fashion, beauty, and beyond.