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Meet Lily Marotto

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lily Marotto.

Lily, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I first started to design clothes for myself. Being extremely shy and insecure, I wanted my clothes to talk for me, really represent who I am. I faced the problem that it is almost impossible to buy something unique in fine quality and not to spend a months budget on one piece. I also found that even high-end brands use lots of polyesters and artificial fabric blends. At that point, I was a student in a Fashion School and I decided to create a few pieces, just for myself. It was a huge success. People were constantly giving me compliments and asking where did I get these garments. So, I decided to try and started designing full time after I graduated from college.

Since that moment, I have participated a great amount of fashion shows and events, including LAFW, NYFW multiple times and showed my latest collection in Eiffel Tower, Paris in September 2019. My garments have been published on the covers and multiple pages of international magazines. I gained many awards in the Fashion industry and started my own design studio where customers can come up with their ideas and we make a perfect garment together.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I started with the illusion that being a Fashion designer is easy. “Just have the right vision – and you are going to become world-famous”. It wasn’t easy. I needed to learn how to do everything, from a good sketch to the final stitch. It took me almost two years to become an advanced sewer and to know how to deal with all kinds of fabrics. I believe that you can not be a Fashion designer unless you really know all the stages. Even now, when I have people helping, I can take any of their spots and do everything myself. If I am not busy with photoshoots or dealing with sales, you will find me sewing, pattern making, or designing new prints.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
Lily Marotto specializes in Couture and luxurious women’s wear, custom-tailored clothing from bridal to funky leather outerwear. We are known for our in-house custom printing facilities, where the customer can choose their own print and our focus on Couture quality and details.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success for me would be that every woman wearing my designs would feel beautiful and comfortable. I would love one day for the First Lady of the United States to wear one of my designs, for me it would represent the true American dream.

Pricing:

  • Items starting at $75
  • Most popular item is unique printed silk pants at $300 and up
  • Signature #3WayDress starting at $1250

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Image Credit:
Getty Images, Eugene Polyak, Alex Matt

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