Monday, July 9, 2012

The south of France

i decided on may 11th i would fly to europe on may 12th. my thoughts had vacillated on the trip for a few weeks and after concluding that life is in fact too short decided id make a go of the offer. strange in life that the things we long to most do are the things we put off. i have made several new years resolutions (and mid year resolutions) to live life to the fullest when an opportunity arrises. 

meet karen. the best friend a girl could ask for. and who could say no to a weeks stay in lovely 13th century farm house with your best friend? 

the south of france is the most lovely enchanting place i have visited. home of duck confit, macaroons, foie gras, castles and chateaus. rolling hills and winding roads lined with grape vines harvesting the worlds most exquisite wines. what a week we had. 

although my memory of the trip is decorated with highlights, visiting LaRoque France nears the top.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Recent press!

we have been busy here at LaRoque! wrapping up spring, designing fall and very very pleased to share with you all a few publications we have recently been featured in!

the eleanor wrap dress, one of our most popular styles featured in the march issue of southern living. 

mom and i in the may issue of southern living.

june issue of US Airways Magazine... read about LaRoque on any US Airways flight world wide!


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

LaRoque in Southern Living Weddings!

when we make a dress we want:
to make you smile and feel pretty. to walk you down the aisle or out the door. for the first date or the last dance. for your sweet 16 or the big 30. for pool side or pew side. the perfect frock to suit your fancy. the pink that says it's my party and the black that says i'm right for the job. to design and make what you really want to wear when you'll always remember what you wore.

what an honor it was for Southern Living Magazine to choose one of our short white dresses to be featured in the Weddings edition. to be apart of a publication that has always meant so much to me is priceless.

below, our annie dress in silk swiss dot.
this and other versions of the perfect rehearsal dinner dress are now available.
we hope when you wear our dresses you will always feel special. we sure do when you have chose us for exciting times in your life.

Friday, December 16, 2011

hello spring.

here's a look behind the scenes at the spring photo shoot, the old village in charleston.

here's a secret... this dress may be featured in the Southern Living edition on new stands in january.

all the red and green have you feeling blue? no fear spring is around the corner. in fact, here at LaRoque, spring is in full swing. i am so excited to announce our spring wholesale collection. now you can find LaRoque in over 40 boutiques along the east coast. preppy frocks that say your ready for a horse race and a mint julep. here is a sneak peek at what's ahead. coral, lime and aqua when all the red and green is done.

last frame of the day...
many thanks to the very talented virgil bunao for the photography.
and sayde claxton for modeling.
see more of virgil's work at

wondering where to find LaRoque?

Flagship Shop:
2700 devine street
columbia, sc 29205
(803) 765-6062

The Shopt For Pappagallo
2803 Cahaba Road
Birmingham, AL 35223
(205) 870-0470

4513 Old Shell Road
Mobile, AL 36608
(251) 342-4911

Snappy Turtle
1100 E. Atlantic Ave.
Delray Beach, FL 33445
(561) 276-8088

Eye of the Needle
313 ½ Worth Avenue, C-2
Palm Beach, FL 33480
(561) 833-4533

Joy of Palm Beach
233 Royal Poinciana Way
Palm Beach, FL 33804
(561) 833-4569

Tululah's Boutique
2101 Indian River Boulevard
Building #109
Vero Beach, FL 32960
(772) 226-5340

Ginger Howard Selections
3164 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 869-0115

435 Highland Ave.
Augusta, GA 30909
(706) 738-6884

The Blue Door
6501 Whitesville Rd #400
Columbus, GA 31904
(706) 596-0139

Magnolia Hill
2521 Airport Thruway # 100-B
Columbus, GA 31904
(706) 507-4415

Crimson and Clover
205 S. 7th Street
Cordele, GA 31015
(229) 273-7555

Threads on Mulberry
124 Savannah Avenue
Suite G-1
Statesboro, GA 30458
(912) 489-5189

Kevin's of Thomasville
111 South Broad Street
Thomasville, GA 31792
(229) 226-7766

Only Options
1421 Gornto Road
Valdosta, GA 31602
(229) 244-1807

Alma Hall Inc. Pappagallo
600 US 31W Byp Ste 8
Bowling Green, KY 42101
(270) 781-6831

The Cotton Patch
3367 Tates Creek Road
Lexington, KY 40502
(859) 269-8839

Monkees of Lexington
116 Clay Avenue
Lexington, KY 40502
(859) 253-0427

805 Frederica Street
Owensboro, KY 42301
(270) 689-2229

Town and Country
1514 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 523-7027

Island Outfitters
21 Wianno Avenue
Osterville, MA 02655
(508) 428-2355

North Carolina
Monkee’s of Biltmore
7 All Souls Cres
Asheville, NC 28803
(828) 277-6002

Sandi's Beachwear
417 West Fort Macon Road
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
(252) 726-4812

Finley House Couture
1121 Main Street
Bowling Rock, NC 28605
(828) 295-6373

Francie Hargrove
25 Burn Street
Cashiers, NC 28717
(828) 743-9700

Preppy Poodle
113 Wall Street
Clinton, NC 28328
(910) 592-3959

The Julia
7220 Wrightsville Ave
Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 256-1175

M Christopher's
111 Reynolda Vlg, #B
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
(336) 722-4520

Rhode Island
Pink Pineapple
380 Thames Street
Newport, RI 02840
(401) 849-

South Carolina
Warren on King
154 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 724-9144

Page 6 Boutique
936 Market Street
Fort Mill, SC 29708
(803) 548-0559

Miss. Lizzie
819 Front Street
Georgetown, SC 29440
(843) 546-0495

Sugar Boutique
203 Waller Street
Greenwood, SC 29646
(864) 229-6322

Minnie's Giftique
142 E Carolina Avenue
Hartsville, SC 29550
(843) 383-6380

The Cabbage Patch
311 North Long Street
Kingstree, SC 29556
(843) 355-8473

316 Mill Street
Manning, SC 29102
(803) 433-5555

11412 Ocean Hwy #B
Pawleys Island, SC 29585
(843) 237-9500

Three Sisters
146A E. Main Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306
(864) 582-7750

Sally Bette's
9492 Ayscough Road
Summerville, SC 29485
(843) 937-6211

The Cotton Mill
Grace’s Plaza
4009 Hillsboro Rd. Suite 105
Nashville, TN 37215
(615) 866-2734
(615) 866-2188

2205 Mount Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301
(703) 549-0813

Monkee's of Fredericksburg
827 Caroline Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
(540) 368-2111

Janice Cain Stationary
316 Brown Street
Martinsville, VA 24112
(276) 638-3282

P.O. Box W1923
St. John's, Antigua
(268) 562-

Monday, November 14, 2011

USC Homecoming and the Outstanding Alumni Award

i always knew i would attend USC. my dad was a graduate and after he passed away when i was 5 i thought he would be proud if i carried on the family tradition, and so i did. in 2001 i was initiated into Kappa Delta sorority on the horse shoe. i met my met my best friend there, studied for tests there and learned my grandmother had passed away while walking the brick path to class. the horseshoe at USC holds memories that cover a litany of emotions.

what a honor it was to be awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award for 2011 and even more rewarding to receive the award at Rutledge Chapel on the horse shoe. i never felt like an outstanding student, but i did feel like a hard worker. my mom says that runs in our family and when i am discouraged she reminds me of how proud my dad must be. many of you know that i named my "kitchen table endeavor" LaRoque, to honor him.

homecoming at USC brings back a flood of emotions. the theme of homecoming my freshman year in 2001 was "a family tradition." aptly so, homecoming always makes me think of my family. although my dad was not at the award ceremony i knew he was there "in spirit".

USC has taught me many things both as a student and a graduate. most importantly i have learned that you can make a living off of your life. what an honor to be a part of a University that allows me to give back and be apart of traditions that will always be nostalgic. i am grateful to have a career that is fueled and supported by a university that my father was apart of.
for me, homecoming at USC will always be a family tradition.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Photo shoot with Palmetto Health, George Fulton and wondering what defines something as extraordinary.

webster define extraordinary as "very unusual or remarkable."
i have been asked to be apart of a lot of really extraordinary things over the last few years.

i have seen a glimpse into worlds that without laroque i never would have.

i have seen the unglamorous side of bridal world.
the reality of the fashion industry.
the stress of retail.
the joys and struggles of a small business.
i have seen what the pageant world is really like.
i have judged garments made out of trash in the name of recycling.
have bought buttons in foreign places where the clerk and i spook the different languages.
i have been apart of the happiest times in my clients lives.
seen that it is possible to make a living off of your life.
i have met famous designers and up and coming artist.
i have seen why manufacturing in america is worth the extra cost.
i have experienced what it really takes to put on a fashion show.
i have been criticized and praised for being a young woman and an entrepreneur.
i have made dresses for colon cancer survivors out of ties and scarves of cobalt blue.
i know what its like to have people both love and dislike you and they don't even know you.

the fabric of my life has been weaved in an extraordinary way over the last five years.

last week came another humbling opportunity to be apart of a great cause. what an honor it was to be asked to be a representative for Palmetto's Health's extraordinary woman's campaign. the term "extraordinary" is an interesting label. yes, i have had an interesting path paved along the way by exceptionally wonderful and sometimes bazar events but i know that i had little to do with making those events life changing. it was, rather, the sum of everyone involved made those events extraordinary.

severing woman in the midlands is a large part of what makes Palmetto Health a great hospital and resource for south carolina. for each decade in life a woman in south carolina was chosen to represent woman in our state. what an honor. to sweeten the pot i was photographed by George Fulton for the promotional material for the campaign. i have always admired his work. his advertising and editorial work has been seen on many national campaigns. what a privilege to sit on the other side of his lens.

here is the view from his crew.
and the view from my prospective...

Palmetto Health is the health sponsor for the columbia women's show, to be held in feb. 2012 at the convention center. these photos, as well as the others from the five woman chosen will be on display to tell the story of a woman's health throughout her lifetime.

here, again, i believe that it will be the sum of all the parts that will work together to make the extraordinary woman campaign "extraordinary."

International interior design fashion show!

unique combinations of textiles and interior design materials took the stage in rare form on saturday night. fabric swatches, carpet remnants, and wall paper normally used for interior design projects walked the runway in garment form. uniquely designed and creatively assembled teams from the International Interior Design Association gathered to designed futuristic frocks. of all the events i have been asked to judge, each year this event tops the list.

{with the other judges}
giving a nod to florence knoll, who was the first to address the needs of commercial spaces came the inspiration for garment below. the design of this garment and use of textile textures in woven fabrics, this "iconic orange" frock was a sight to see.
right brian? left brain? the measure of a truly great designer is the ability to use and balance both sides of the brain. to creatively think of a design and to use logic and reason for assembly to insure practicality in function. this dress demonstrated how both sides of the brain must be balanced. one side of the dress was colorful and whimsical while the other classic and practical.

taking a twist on the word "bespoke" commonly used to describe made to measure by way of mens suiting this dress was custom draped and lazar cut in places to fit the model.

and, of course, love the exaggerated bow detail.
using a table leg as a staff and arm rest for a shield this modern warrior princess creatively combined elements of every day commercial design in a futurist manner. the strong liner lines of the skirt mimicked the theme.
madonna inspired details combined with unique accessories made this arc-con inspired entry another favorite. love this skirt... maybe she will donate it to my closet? love the tailored look with exaggerated ruffle hem.
another creative use of material. work binder, wall covering and tape turn into the modern briefcase. love that concept.

Monday, October 24, 2011

hello spring 2012

here is a sneak peak at spring 2012.

this is our third wholesale collection. we are busy here, organizing orders and ordering fabric. we just hit 40 stores to carry our wholesale line. now you can find LaRoque from maine to florida. i remember the first label was a monogramed ribbon. the lady made me order 50 and i was thinking, "how will i ever use all theses?" this spring we will construct over 600 pieces for the wholesale collection. where we will store 600 dresses from production to the ship date? maybe my dinning room will be a mini storage for a few months. the fall orders numbered around 200 pieces and that seemed like a lot.
its overwhelming to think about, but i am so greatfull for all the support and interest.

below is a picture from market in atlanta:
me, along with michael perry and his staff who run the show room that reps my line. couldn't do it without them!

the sunday dress

there are several new styles that i am very excited about. the long sunday skirt, the picnic dress, the sunday dress and the new tunic style dress to name a few. the spring collection consist of three lines perfect for pool side, porch front or pew side. you will find mod prints and classic strips in lime, aqua and coral.
i hope you will like all the new pieces! we will be posting the pictures from the photo shoot very soon. stay tuned.


wondering where you can find us? here is the link
{we will be adding the new store very soon so check back}