My name is Maria Marcus, head designer and owner of Marco & Lizzy. I have had a love of children's clothing since my first child Lizzy. When she was born, I knew I wanted to dress her in smocked dresses. I took some classes to be able to make them myself, and so this 35 year journey began. My children were the inspiration and motivation to start a children's clothing company.
From the beginning, I could describe my style as classic, timeless, and traditional - with a twist. I've always loved the European trend in children's fashion; it's a classic look where the children look like children. Once I was able to travel through Europe, it helped tremendously to further refine my taste. I have been able to find great materials that bring my creations to life. These creations started as an idea on a piece of paper, many times inspired by my surroundings, an object, or simply a color - years ago we did not have Pinterest or the web to scour for inspiration.
A few weeks ago my friend Emy, who helps me at the Children's Club Show in New York, sent me a picture she found of one of our dresses. It was a picture of Arabella, Ivanka Trump's daughter, wearing one of our dresses from our Summer 2015 collection. I was thrilled to learn that someone like Ivanka Trump, an elegant woman and a designer herself, had chosen one of our creations to dress her daughter.
This is not the first time one of our dresses has been worn by the child of a celebrity. Many years ago, I had a customer who asked me make a dress for someone important - the Duchess of York's daughter. I will readily admit I thought she was joking. How could she have a relationship with the British Royal Family? When we finished the dress, my customer was very pleased. But I never thought anything of it beyond a job well done. A few months later, I was invited to a party she was hosting. When I walked into her home, I was shocked - there were pictures of my customer's family with the British Royal Family. I guess she was not joking after all...
It is encouraging to see that despite all the trends that come and go, dressing a child with quality materials and classic looks never goes out of style.