A local lady is outfitting big dreams of creating fashions for little ones, and it all began just three years ago in her mom’s basement. Keep reading for all the fashionable details.
Age eight and on can be a challenging time for self-confidence issues and negative influences on young girls. At Mary Helen Clothing, they want girls to know how beautiful they truly are and be able to express themselves through the clothes they wear.
“My dream has always been to create clothing for little girls that make them feel beautiful,” says Helen. “Mary Helen Clothing does just that. It brings out a child’s spirit through bright colors, unique prints and details that make everyone smile.”
Growing up, Helen was inspired by making things and playing dress up. “I loved designing anything and everything I could get my little hands on,” says Helen. “I had an imagination that was unmatchable. From age eight, I knew I was going to create something amazing and I was going to do it for girls like me.”
Helen had just graduated from DAAP in fashion design when she knew that she wanted to start her own line.
“My line is all about motivation and self-esteem in young girls,” says Helen. “I went from sewing all of the garments myself to now having everything produced locally in Cincinnati and selling to over 85 boutiques around the U.S.”
Today, Mary Helen Clothing is the perfect outlet for girls with an imagination, who love to dress up and love to have fun. “I want young girls to know how beautiful they truly are, and be able to express themselves through the clothes they wear,” says Helen. “Always remember, no one can tell you your story – you have to write it yourself.”
By feeling beautiful in what they wear and being encouraged to express themselves, Helen believes that girls will learn how to move forward in life with their heads held high and have a great collection of bright clothing to pass onto their little sisters.
Mary Helen Clothing offers girls clothing for ages 2T-12 as well as accessories for women and baby. Their new store opened April 23 at 1981 Madison Road in Cincinnati. “We are a little over a week into being here,” says Helen. “I LOVE Cincinnati!”
Helen is currently in the process of expanding their Fashion/Sewing Summer Camp program to other cities. “It is a fun week of fashion, design, trend and learning to be a designer and designing your own garment,” Helen exclaims. “We start with seven year olds and go up from there. With having the new store, we are also excited about offering Fashion/Sewing Birthday Parties – which we are really excited about!”
When looking to the future, Helen hopes to build a foundation for girls to grow upon. “I feel that Mary Helen Clothing will lead girls into a life of high self-worth and beauty through fun-loving, age appropriate clothing that makes them feel beautiful, confident and proud,” says Helen.