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Meet Our Great Grandma, the Fashion Designer

We’re thrilled to continue the heritage of our great grandmother by designing stylish dresses.

Meet Mary Elizabeth Hanna. Our great grandmother was born in 1908 in a small town in the upper peninsula of Michigan. Her heritage was French, and she had a penchant for fashion.

Mary Elizabeth on the left in one of her custom designs.
Mary Elizabeth on the left in one of her custom designs.

Mary Elizabeth (or Betty, her nickname) made up her mind to be the best dressed girl in Baraga, Michigan. As a teenager she would look at fashion catalogs and then do her best to develop her own patterns that followed the latest trends. Which, in her day, were roaring 20’s flapper styles. Mary Elizabeth would then sew her designs. All of her friends said she was the most stylish girl in town.

“Her heritage was French, and she had a penchant for fashion… All of her friends said she was the most stylish girl in town.”

Mary Elizabeth on the right in one of her designs
Mary Elizabeth on the right in one of her designs.

As a young girl, Mary Elizabeth quit school in third grade to stay home and help her mother with the chores and raising her siblings. Her father owned a candy shop in town, and as a teenager she worked there. Her father planned for her to take over the candy shop.

But this independent flapper had bigger plans. When Mary Elizabeth was just 18, she left her small town to take on the big city of Detroit. There she met a blue-eyed cowboy who won her over. She met him because they both worked at Henry Ford’s plant where they wiped down the finished Model Ts as they came off the line. They were married over 60 years and had five children.

We’re thrilled to continue the heritage of our great grandmother by designing stylish dresses. In the future, expect to see some nods to the 1920s in her honor!

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