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September 4, 2018
Fresh Face: Textile
Victoria Inverso and Courtney Harrison want women to walk into Textile and feel like they’re in their own closet—a beautiful, curated closet—where they can hang out and have fun trying on anything they want. Their mission is to help women feel comfortable and confident in clothes they love. “When you feel confident, you can conquer the world,” Courtney says.
Victoria and Courtney have known each other since high school. They’ve always loved fashion, and they formulated their business plan years ago. But they held on, waiting for the right time and place. In the meantime, they put down roots, studied, and gained experience—Victoria in fashion, design, and retail, and Courtney in marketing. “Now it’s time,” they said. And when they visited Kennett Square, they found exactly the vibe they’d been searching for. They loved the people and sense of community and knew Textile would complement the vibrant small businesses here.
Textile will offer a wide selection of old and new pieces, at different price points, for all ages. “We want to inspire women to appreciate the craftsmanship, story, and beauty of vintage clothing and help them mix and balance pieces so they’re new and relevant,” says Victoria. Textile will also carry contemporary lines from women-owned small businesses—many of them local. Look for beautiful, delicate jewelry made with ethically-sourced materials by Bario Neal, for example, and the quirky, clean lines of Samantha Pleet.
Victoria and Courtney find countless treasures on weekend thrifting trips.
“We’re very selective,” Victoria says. “We find what we like and build cohesive collections, meshing our different styles.” Victoria describes Courtney’s style as casual and streamlined. “And Vic is more glamorous, sophisticated, and feminine,” Courtney says.
“You’re never too young or too old to start thinking about your style,” Courtney says. “Shopping can be intimidating, but we want to be a resource, to open people up to expressing themselves with clothing in a friendly, welcoming place.”