Connecticut Country Clothing was born from one woman's frustration in finding quality business dress casual blazers which provided a classy yet comfortable style, a style professional enough for work, chic enough for the evening yet comfy enough for the weekend. She was seeking a truly transitional blazer which could go from the office to the opera to dinner with friends. Having a significant commute to/from work, plus limited time to focus on her wardrobe, she adopted the "uniform" approach to professional wear and became minimalistic with her wardrobe (a sustainable approach). Truly versatile blazers are the backbone to any wardrobe and especially to a uniform/minimalistic one, but she discovered that finding such a blazer proved difficult - especially as a plus-sized woman. In men's fashion, there is an established category for smart dress casual blazers, but this is not the case in women's fashion. Our designer saw a need and Connecticut Country Clothing was born to establish a women's category for smart, polished dress casual blazers.
Our founder/designer grew up in the Connecticut River Valley in a small historic town along the Connecticut River - an easy going place where people stroll down Main Street to the Connecticut River to watch the ducks and sailboats - a place where people often dress nicely but without fuss. Katherine Hepburn lived a town over, and it would be fair to say her style fit the locale. These formative years strongly influenced our founder's sense of style - and obviously - our company's name is derived from this time in her life.
A Taste of the Connecticut River Valley (Essex, CT)
Yet, she spent decades living and working in corporate offices in cities such as NYC, DC, and LA, which gave her a strong sense of what a sophisticated casual blazer should be - and for certain - it needed to be chic, comfortable, functional and versatile; it needed to transition from day to night, from the work week to the weekend, and from professional life to personal life. This design goal culminated in our design motto: Professional Plus Chic. "Professional" meaning appropriate for the office; "Chic" for looking good at social gatherings, and "Plus" is a play on being plus size inclusive.
Polished Not Fussy
We draw inspiration from Kate Hepburn who embodied feminine strength, who had a strong sense of personal style uniquely her own, and who was polished without being fussy. To be familiar with Kate's aesthetic is to understand ours. Our pop up collar on the Kate blazer is a nod to Ms. Hepburn.
We're All About the Curves
We begin by designing on a full figure woman to ensure fit and style for curves, something women have no matter their size. Most designers begin on a size 6 model and then grade for other sizes. We do the opposite. We begin our designs on a full figure woman. Women of all sizes have curves, and we want women to feel comfortable and confident in their own skin.
"It's Not Easy Being Green" ~ Kermit
We are an environmentally conscious company using imported fabrics of natural fibers which are ethically sourced (fair trade), sustainable or organic, and dyed with low-impact dyes (which use less water). Sustainability means different things to different companies. Our primary sustainability goal is for our garments to be as close to 100% biodegradable as possible. We would love to use organic cotton thread - but unfortunately, industrial sewing machines chew it up and spit it out. For more info, please see our page entitled "What is Sustainable Fashion?"
Why Oak Leaves
Through various cultures, oak leaves have represented stability, endurance, humble beginnings, independence, patience and strength. We honor feminine strength and endurance by using oak leaves as our brand's symbol as well as to simultaneously represent our commitment to the environment.