We started Dobbin with a simple idea: a line of fashionable staples, tailored to fit and flatter, using the best Italian fabrics, and manufactured here in the USA. We also knew we wanted to keep prices under $200 without sacrificing quality, so we set out to sell exclusively online, where we could cut out the middle-man and pass the savings to our customers.
The two of us - Jessica Gold Newman and Catherine Doyle - met at Liz Lange Maternity in 2003, where we headed the company's marketing and fashion design, respectively. We bonded quickly over our mutual love of art and literature, vintage fashion, and the city of Paris. We've been friends ever since.
After working at Liz Lange, Jess went on to run a consulting firm for young designers and retailers, and to launch and write a fashion business and history blog. Catherine headed to a major fashion retailer, where she developed a new store concept for them.
Still, we both felt the pull to start a new line from scratch, one that was all the things we wanted out of our own clothing - and what our friends, mothers, colleagues and relatives kept telling us they wanted, too.
Dobbin Fall '13, is, in our eyes, our best season yet. Each piece feels fresh and exciting; we've continued to evolve our designs by adding new silhouettes and also refining past hits, have developed some vibrant new colors, and have continued to work with top fabric mills to source our luxurious fabrics.
Of course, we also remain dedicated to producing our entire collection in New York City's Garment District; we're ever thankful for the resources (pattern and sample makers, trim suppliers, cutting rooms and factories) that the neighborhood provides. We couldn't do our job without them.
We've expanded our size range to include sizes 00-16, and spent countless hours thinking about how our garments look and feel, and working with our team to achieve the best fit possible.
We hope you love the line as much as we do, and like always, welcome your feedback and questions. We are committed to providing the best value and customer service we can.
Welcome to Fall '13!
Jess and Catherine