Wacoan Style

By Kaila Lancaster

Evey Ellis


Evey Ellis always wanted to be a clothing designer. As she began raising her three daughters, she found her inspiration, and Eyelet & Ivy was born. The children’s clothing line includes Pima cotton gowns and knit outfits for boys and girls, all paying tribute to the Southern tradition and style Ellis was raised in. Ellis and her business partner, Alicen Grandjean, have seven children between them who they love to dress up. The boys and girls all model the latest Eyelet & Ivy designs, including Ellis’s youngest daughter, Rebecca, who has Down syndrome. Ellis hopes to raise awareness and advocate for Down syndrome by featuring Rebecca and her infectious smile as a joyful blessing.

In honor of our Shop Waco issue, we caught up with Ellis and discussed her style essentials and her inspirations behind Eyelet & Ivy.

My Inspiration
“If I could influence other moms when they get the [Down syndrome] diagnosis, that’s all I could ask for. If they remember Rebecca in our advertising and see how proud of her we are and what a joy she brings to our family, I know that I’ve done my job.”

How I Start My Day
“I love to relax with a cup of coffee and the ‘The Today Show.’ Most mornings are hectic, but every now and then I can sit back and relax.”

Current Obsession
“My sister also has the creative bug. She sells a jewelry line on Instagram (@dedeandmay) out of Austin. I just love her jewelry. I know others around town who are obsessed with it too!”

Favorite Place to Shop
“I love Prefontaine, Lanes and Dillard’s for their shoes.”

“Holy Grail” of Fashion Items
“I really love a nice statement handbag. I think you can wear your workout clothes and not look quite up to par, but a nice handbag brings it up a level. Right now I have a Chloe bag I love. My husband gave it to me for Christmas, with a little help from my sister.”

Beauty Essentials
“I really love this HydroPeptide Solar Defense sunscreen. I use it every day. It self-adjusts to match your skin tone. I also love Anastasia Beverly Hills clear brow gel. I have heavy brows, so this keeps them in place.”

My Personal Style
“Classic with a trendy twist.”

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