Lilly Pulitzer Quotes
I don't know how to explain what it was like to run my business, the joy of every day. I got a kick every time I went into the shipping department. ... I loved seeing (the dresses) going out the door. I loved them selling in the shop. I liked them on the body. Everything. There's no explaining the fun I had.
Vanity Fair, 2003
I am a believer that color affects people's moods. Seeing Michelle Obama's bright color choices, and how she made people smile and reinforced Obama's platforms of hope and change, was inspiring. And really, isn't it so refreshing to see young, beautiful children in the White House again? To quote a song from my favorite musical, La Cage Aux Folles—the best of times is now!
Quoted in "Fashion Designer: Lilly Pulitzer", Elle, March 30, 2009
We were very Cuban. We screamed Cuban, we ate Cuban, we laughed Cuban.
Essentially Lilly, A Guide to Colorful Entertaining (2004). About marriage to her first husband who was a Cuban immigré.
I designed collections around whatever struck my fancy ... fruits, vegetables, politics, or peacocks! I entered in with no business sense. It was a total change of life for me, but it made people happy.
Associated Press interview, March 2009.
They took off like zingo. Everybody loved them, and I went into the dress business.
About her early designs.
I don't like my whole life dragged out. I don't want anyone to know about me, because I don't think I'm very interesting... I like my work. I like what I gave. And that was it.
I'm lucky, I guess. But I never really enjoy vacations. I need the energy and excitement of my business.
I went crazy. I was a namby-pamby; people always made decisions for me. The doctor said I should find something to do.
Jackie (Kennedy) 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.
Since I spent my days squeezing fruit, I was always covered with juice. So I designed myself a cotton shift in colors that matched the fruit.
The Lilly girl is always full of surprises. She lives everyday like it’s a celebration, never have a dull moment, and make every hour a happy hour.
We believe elegance can be casual. We believe gracefulness can be compatible with fits of laughter. We believe in living a colorful life.