NEW YORK — Emily Dolan has been on the edges of the fashion industry since she was born. Now, it’s her turn to shine.
Growing up in Montreal with her fashion designing mother and architect father, Dolan learned the business of apparel early on, traveling to Europe for fabrics with her mother, Margaret Godfrey. Produced by Bagatelle in Montreal, the Margaret Godfrey collection of contemporary-priced leather and suede sportswear is still in business, but when Bagatelle wanted to launch another line, it looked no further than Dolan. Now 28 years old, Dolan is the designer of Emilie D, a Montreal-based leather and suede collection for a younger, contemporary consumer.
“I was working for a Canadian retailer as a graphic designer when I was offered my own line,” Dolan said. “I’d always wanted to do one, so I went for it.”
The collection of contemporary leather and suede jackets ranges from a tan leather blazer to a cropped kelly green suede peacoat. Also in the line are leather and suede pants in colors like chocolate brown, black and hot pink, as well as metallic leather miniskirts.
The collection, which is currently being shown at 485 Seventh Avenue here, wholesales from $100 for a skirt to $400 for a trenchcoat. Michael Litvack, president of Bagatelle, said he projects Emilie D will reach between $2 million and $3 million in first-year wholesale volume.