Grace & James is owned by sisters Georgia Anne and Mary Agnes. We are inspired by classic, southern designs, many of which our mother handmade for us growing up. Once we became mothers, bringing beautifully crafted pieces at affordable prices to the everyday mother and her children became a passion. We design for Grace & James with our own children and budgets in mind, and hope that you love everything as much as we do!
About the Moore's
Kyle and Georgia Anne are high school sweethearts originally from Mississippi. After a collegiate soccer career at Northwestern for Kyle and four fun years at Ole Miss for Georgia Anne, the two moved to downtown Chicago where they started their careers in construction management and public school teaching before marrying in 2009. By 2014, Kyle was finishing his MBA at Kellogg and the two had welcomed their first daughter, Suzanna Grace to the world. Having a "southern baby" in the Midwest proved to be a challenge as few Chicagoans felt as strongly about monograms and hand embroidery and smocking as Georgia Anne. From there a seed was planted, and as she began creating smocked gowns and monogrammed pieces for SG, her interest in a children's line began to grow.
In 2015, the Moores moved to Athens, GA when Kyle accepted a new job that also allowed Georgia Anne to stay at home with Suzanna Grace. Fast forward to November 2015 and a few weeks before their second daughter, Carolina James, was expected to arrive, the idea for Grace & James was born and planning began. Nothing like starting a new business venture when you're about to welcome a baby to the family!
About the Ellis'
Timmy and Mary Agnes met at Ole Miss and married in 2011. They currently live in Memphis, TN where Timmy is a financial planner and Mary Agnes is a middle school Algebra teacher. They share a love for Ole Miss and enjoy making frequent trips back to Oxford to cheer for their Rebels.
After learning to smock from her mother, Mary Agnes developed a love for handcrafted children’s clothing. Her passion grew when they welcomed their son, Wilkes, in February 2015. Wilkes’s wardrobe consists of heirloom pieces worn by Mary Agnes’s brothers, which were made by her mother. She jumped at the idea of creating a children’s line to enable other mothers to dress their children in classic pieces.