By  on October 20, 2008

Dorothy Roberts likes to say that she has three children: daughter Lynn, son Steven and Echo, the design company that her parents founded 85 years ago. Certainly, as chairman of the New York-based design mini empire, she likes to keep it all in the family: Steven is the brand’s chief executive officer and president, and Lynn is the vice president of advertising and public relations.

When Echo was first started in September 1923 by newlyweds Theresa and Edgar C. Hyman, it made a small selection of scarves that it sold to stores such as Saks, Marshall Field’s and I. Magnin. In the eight-plus decades since then, Echo has gone on to have a combined staff of 170 in New York and at a distribution center in New Jersey, and its various offerings are available in some 3,000 to 4,000 doors nationwide and another 500 globally. In addition to scarves, which continue to be a staple, Echo makes puffy nylon jackets, rainwear, hats, wraps and leather gloves. There is a comprehensive home line that extends to duvets and pillow shams, table linens, paper napkins, ceramic soap dispensers and shower curtains. The brand’s core products are priced anywhere from $38 to $200 at retail. And the one unifying element among all these seemingly disparate categories: the vibrant and eclectic prints that have always been at the heart of Echo.

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