As ready as I am for fall weather (I’m very anxious to cozy up in sweaters like this one), there is, in fact, a silver lining to the lingering summer heat: a little more time to wear my warm-weather favorites like this gingham top from Tish Cox. For the uninitiated, Tish Cox is a Dallas designer who – believe it or not – got her start sitting at her kitchen island, sewing dresses for friends. Seven years and countless designs later and her namesake clothing line now has a cult following with fans across the country. Every single piece is made in Dallas – but that’s not even the coolest part. The facility where her designs are produced is the Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind. That’s right. Each and every piece is cut and sewn by blind artisans. Pretty amazing, right?
I bought my first dress (an adorable navy and black shift that I still count as a favorite) a little over four years ago and it’s been a slippery slope ever since. In addition to several dresses and a couple of skirts, I also have the top I’m wearing here in several different prints and colors. (Like I said, slippery slope…) With their unexpected shapes and unique fabrics, each item in Cox’s collection has that simple-but-oh-so-special quality. The designs are interesting and unique, all the while remaining flattering and – most importantly! – wearable.
Photos by Kristen Kilpatrick