Prior to launching her line, Esby Apparel, North Carolina native Stephanie Beard spent 10 years in New York City as a menswear designer for brands like Levi’s, Tommy Hilfiger and Converse. These experiences were formative for Beard, and prompted a lifelong passion to create a look all her own. “I always wanted to start my own line,” says Beard, who opened Esby in February 2014, following her move from New York.
The line is lifestyle-driven, with an emphasis on comfort, wearability and quality. Furthermore, Beard designs womenswear with a menswear mentality, meaning that with each collection, the pieces therein are quality made for endless wear and versatility. Esby’s all natural fibers and fabrics are sourced from around the world, be it a hand woven, hand dyed ikat from India or a buttery soft jersey stripe from Japan. The fabrics are pre-washed and shrunk so that customers get a true fit, and the line is produced in New Orleans and Dallas.