Guest Post: Dressing Avery on Alexander Grant

When Skip asked me to “dress” his sweet girl Avery, I was immediately transported back to the closet of my earliest years - a hand-painted dresser stuffed with smocked and collared dresses that survived the wear and tear of myself, my two little sisters, and in some cases, our mother before us. These tiny frocks came mainly from Kelly’s Kids and the Saint Louis Women’s Exchange, and that’s where I turned first to dress Avery. The Women’s Exchange has long been famous for its “cherry” clothes - a hand-sew collection that is made right here in Missouri and worn the world over. Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy dressed Caroline and John John in the original cherry dress and boys’ romper, cementing their reputation as staples for the Old Guard and new preppies alike.

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